Salinas, JD, MBA, LLM
600 California Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108


Javier has over sixteen years of distinguished professional tax experience, including over twelve years as an international tax specialist. He serves global clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, e-commerce, financial services, and traditional manufacturing and distribution. 

Javier was previously the lead international tax specialist for Grant Thornton’s New England region, based in Boston. Prior to Grant Thornton, Javier was a member of Ernst & Young’s National Tax Department in the International Tax Services Group in Washington, D.C. Before entering the private sector, Javier worked in several offices of the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., including as: Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, Attorney-Advisor at the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), and Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Tax Court to the Honorable Juan F. Vasquez. 

Javier’s international tax expertise includes: IP transfers and other complex cross-border planning and structuring under the anti-tax deferral provisions of Subpart F; cross-border supply chain planning, M&A, reorganizations and joint venture structuring; transfer pricing planning and compliance; interpretation of income tax treaty provisions and determination of tax treaty benefits; global repatriation planning, including maximization of foreign tax credit benefits and exclusions from gross income of previously taxed earnings and profits; and the IC-DISC U.S. export tax incentive provisions. 

Javier is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) Program at Golden Gate University School of Taxation, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation Program at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.  He speaks frequently at both internal firm trainings and external seminars.

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Member of the District of Columbia Bar and State Bars of California and Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member, Board of Governors (2008-2012), and Secretary (2008-2009)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member (2007-Pres.) and Treasurer (2007-2011)

Representative Experience

  • Extensive experience assisting multinational companies in various industries such as technology, manufacturing, food and beverage, real estate and automotive with respect to U.S. and Mexico tax and non-tax issues
  • Former leader of Grant Thornton’s (GT) Mexico Tax Desk which included the management of collaborative tax technical initiatives with GT’s offices in Mexico
  • Former Attorney-Advisor with the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) in Washington, DC, with significant experience interpreting the Mexico-U.S. Income Tax Treaty and the Mexico-U.S. Tax Information Exchange Agreement, representing the U.S. Competent Authority on treaty matters with SAT/Hacienda
  • Former Law Clerk at Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., in Mexico City
  • Former Stagiaire at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Latin America Team, in Paris, France
  • Graduate of the University of Houston Mexican Legal Studies Program in conjunction with la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Derecho, in Mexico City, for coursework in Mexican Constitutional Law, Mexican Foreign Investment Law, and NAFTA


B.A. – The University of Texas
J.D./M.B.A. – University of Houston Law Center and College of Business
LL.M. in Taxation – Boston University School of Law