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Tax and Financial Controversy Attorney

Eric is a partner and leads the firm's Tax Planning, Compliance and Litigation Practice Team. He concentrates on tax and financial controversy (IRS and various states) including examinations, appellate conferences, criminal investigations, witness representation, and civil and criminal tax litigation. He works with government regulatory and general tax matters involving various agencies including the FBI and Homeland Security. Eric previously served as Senior Trial Attorney for the District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and as Special Assistant Attorney for the United States Department of Justice. He is a frequent speaker on tax enforcement and compliance, and has served as an expert witness and binding arbitrator.

Experience

Experience

Represented international commodities trader in multi-agency federal investigation including IRS, EPA and Homeland Security.

Lead counsel for multinational taxpayer in successfully resolving international tax and tax compliance matters.

Successfully spearheaded forensic investigation involving multiple countries, resulting in a non-prosecution determination by the Department of Justice.

Represented prominent entertainer in IRS criminal investigation that resulted in the Department of Justice declining prosecution.

Successfully prevailed in a sentencing phase wherein the client avoided prison and was able to operate and preserve his business.

Represented manufacturing company in IRS civil examination and concluded the examination without any additional tax due.

Negotiated an Offer in Compromise for client fully resolving outstanding tax liabilities for less than 10 percent saving the client over $1 million.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2012

DBusiness© magazine, Top Lawyers since 2011

Leading Lawyers: Criminal Defense Law - White Collar; Tax Law - Business; Tax Law - Individual

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2015

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2010

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Top 100, 2012

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Consumer Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association: Taxation Section; Sports Law Section

Detroit Veterans Bar Association, vice president, 2017

Federal Bar Association: Taxation Section, past chair, 1996-2000

State Bar of Michigan: Taxation Section, past chair; Tax Practice and Procedure Section

Community Involvement

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Board of Trustees

Holy Redeemer Schools (Detroit), past chair

Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Ambassador Club and judge

Michigan State University College of Law: Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Board member; Tax Practice and Procedure, adjunct professor

University of Michigan: Victors for Michigan Campaign Steering Committee, co-chair (Dearborn)

Walsh College Graduate Tax Program, Tax Fraud Investigations and Forensic Accounting, adjunct professor

News & Publications

News

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Education

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
LL.M., Taxation, 1997

Michigan State University College of Law
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1989

University of Michigan
 Dearborn, Michigan
B.A., Economics, Political Science, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
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