As a sole practitioner with a deep background in all aspects of tax controversy and experience working at the highest levels of the Treasury Department and with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mike is uniquely positioned to assist clients of all sizes in achieving targeted, cost-effective resolution of federal and state tax disputes.
Although early resolution of any tax dispute is always preferred, it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve as the IRS and state tax authorities take overreaching positions and are unwilling to compromise on acceptable terms. Mike has the background and experience to see any tax dispute through all stages of controversy, ranging from audit through administrative appeals, litigation in the Tax Court or a refund forum, and on to the courts of appeal if necessary. Through his independent practice, Mike personally handles matters in a client-facing and cost-effective manner.
After serving as a law clerk for a Federal judge in Los Angeles, Mike began his career in tax controversy as a Trial Attorney with the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. After the Justice Department, Mike worked at a boutique tax firm in Washington, D.C., where he was elected partner in 2004. In this capacity he represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to partnerships and individuals. Mike returned to government in 2005, serving as Tax Legislative Counsel in the U.S. Department of Treasury through 2008. As Tax Legislative Counsel, Mike was the Department’s senior legal advisor on domestic tax issues, testifying before Congress and working with senior IRS officials including the IRS Commissioner and Chief Counsel on a broad range of tax policy, legislative and regulatory matters. Following his tenure at the Treasury Department, Mike spent several more years as a partner in a global law firm before starting his own practice in January 2012.