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Tax and Corporate Attorney

Steve is a member of Varnum's Tax Practice Team. He has substantial experience in federal, state and local taxation, in both planning and controversy. Steve previously held positions at both a large international accounting firm and the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. During his 12-year career with the IRS, Steve served as a Special Trial Attorney, handling large business tax cases of national significance. Prior to that, he was a Senior Attorney, advising IRS auditors, managers and executives on domestic and international issues, as well as tax procedure.  As a CPA in the accounting firm, Steve provided compliance (federal, state and local), consulting and controversy services.  He also has a background in sales, use and personal property taxes. 

Steve has extensive experience in the entire tax process, from audit inception through the appeals process and litigation. His technical experience spans corporate (both C and S corporations), partnership and individual taxpayer issues at the federal, state and local level.  He also has experience in international taxation, including transfer pricing and inversions, as well as the judicial doctrines.

Steve is also a member of Varnum's Business and Corporate Services Team, advising both startups and mature businesses on issues including acquisitions, sales, mergers, succession planning, private equity and financing.

For more information, please contact Steve Cappellino at 313/481-7334 or


Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Taxation Section

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section

Community Involvement

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Finance Committee

Wayne State University Law School, adjunct professor

Youth sports coach: baseball, basketball, flag football

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


Wayne State University Law School: Tax Policy Seminar on Abusive Domestic and Cross-Border Tax Strategies and Importance of Congressional Oversight, Fall 2015; Tax Research Overview for Business Planning students, Fall 2012



Certified Public Accountant, Michigan


Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
LL.M., Taxation, 2004

Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 2003

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
B.S., Business, Accounting and Finance, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Tax Court
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