Todd is chair of McDermott’s Tax Controversy Practice. He has extensive experience in resolving civil tax matters at all stages of a tax dispute, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examinations, fast-track appeals, administrative appeals, post-appeals mediation and, if necessary, litigation in the US Tax Court, the US Court of Federal Claims, US district courts, and US Courts of Appeal. The vast majority of Todd’s cases are resolved administratively and without becoming public. Nonetheless, litigation is sometimes necessary. A seasoned trial lawyer, Todd has a track record of winning difficult cases. Read Todd’s full bio.
Laura L. Gavioli, PC, defends individuals and corporations in white-collar prosecutions, civil tax cases, US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversies and complex financial litigation. Laura represents numerous taxpayers who are facing civil and criminal issues regarding their reporting of offshore financial accounts and other assets. Laura has also represented clients involved in some of the largest white-collar criminal tax evasion cases ever brought in the United States, and she regularly advises clients regarding the IRS Whistleblower Program. Her experience includes significant taxpayer victories in civil tax cases in US Tax Court and federal district courts, eliminating IRS penalties due to clients’ good faith and reasonable cause. Laura has also litigated numerous cases addressing complex jurisdictional questions under taxation statutes and setting precedent favorable to clients regarding statutes of limitations. Read Laura’s full bio.
Elizabeth provides legal counsel on complex civil tax controversies, including tax litigation and transfer pricing matters. She has extensive experience in resolving domestic and international tax matters at all stages of dispute, including Internal Revenue Service examinations, administrative appeals, and litigation in the US Tax Court and district courts. She has advocated for clients before the Internal Revenue Service National Office, negotiated Advance Pricing Agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities, and resolved disputes through the Competent Authority process. Elizabeth also advises clients on tax planning matters, including captive insurance arrangements and the tax treatment of settlement payments and legal fees (including tax reporting requirements). Read Elizabeth’s full bio.
Andrew focuses his practice on tax controversy and litigation matters. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Examination Division and Appeals Office and has been involved in more than 50 matters at all levels of the federal court system, including the US Tax Court, several US courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. Andy has experience settling tax disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures, including Fast Track Settlement and Post-Appeals Mediation, and in representing clients in Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) audits. He also represents individuals in Global High Wealth Industry Group audits and in connection with offshore disclosure programs. Read Andy’s full bio.
Kevin Spencer focuses his practice on tax controversy issues. Kevin represents clients in complicated tax disputes in court and before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the IRS Appeals and Examination divisions. In addition to his tax controversy practice, Kevin has broad experience advising clients on various tax issues, including tax accounting, employment and reasonable compensation, civil and criminal tax penalties, IRS procedures, reportable transactions and tax shelters, renewable energy, state and local tax, and private client matters. Read Kevin’s full bio.