Ian A. Macpherson

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Mr. Macpherson is a tax attorney concentrating on matters of state, local and Indian tribal taxation and general Indian jurisdiction. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona. He was an Assistant Attorney General in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (1971-1981), served as Chief Counsel of the Tax Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (1981-1990) and has been in private practice since 1991. Over his career, he has lectured widely at continuing legal education seminars and symposia on matters of state, local and Indian tribal taxation, issues of Indian law and general jurisdiction and, in particular, on matters relating to Indian gambling both in Arizona and nationwide.

He has litigated and argued cases involving tax, Indian law and constitutional issues in all courts of record in Arizona, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has represented numerous clients seeking recoveries under protocols of the United Nations Compensation Commission, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission for losses and damages suffered as a result of the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

When Mr. Macpherson has a moment to himself, you might find him engaging in anything related to bluegrass music, including strumming his banjo to his grandchildren, in addition to cheering them on in their often all-day sporting activities. He is also an avid star-gazer who engages in astronomy and science.

Get To Know Ian in His Own Words

“My ultimate goal is to relate to my clients individually and expertly in order to handle, evaluate and assess complicated tax matters. Attention to detail, maintaining excellent relationships with clients and constructing innovative strategies to address and solve the issues presented is what drives me to utilize my extensive experience to ‘get the job done’ as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Professional Experience/Affiliations

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board of Directors of the Arizona Firearm Injury Prevention Coalition


  • B.A., Arizona State University, 1967
  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1971
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court, 1979


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