Tax Controversies and Litigation

In every matter we handle, Venable tax lawyers strive to provide the highest-quality legal representation. We are committed to delivering first-rate service and exceptional value to meet our clients' needs.

With civil audits, tax investigations, and criminal tax prosecutions on the rise, it is important to know where to turn for sound, sophisticated representation on tax-related matters. Venable's Tax Controversies and Litigation Group combines proven advocacy skills with in-depth knowledge and experience in all facets of federal and state tax law and procedure to help clients navigate and successfully resolve even the most challenging tax disputes.

A Robust Team of Tax Specialists

Our Tax Controversies and Litigation Group comprises more than forty tax attorneys and trial lawyers, many of whom previously worked in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Department of Justice's Tax Division, as well as on staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The clients we represent include public and private companies, high-net-worth individuals, and numerous tax-exempt organizations. Our caseload covers a diverse mix of civil and criminal tax matters at every stage of the tax dispute process, from audit and examination, through IRS appeals, to United States Tax Court and Federal District Court litigation.

Our Tax Controversies and Litigation Group combines extensive technical knowledge of federal, state, and local tax law with decades of litigation and appellate experience that impact the manner in which cases at every level are developed and presented. This combination of technical tax expertise and litigation excellence makes our Tax Controversies and Litigation Group uniquely qualified to successfully resolve controversies at the administrative and trial levels in every area of federal, state, and local taxation.

We regularly try cases in the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and other federal and state jurisdictions—and we have a proven record of obtaining superior results for clients.

Client Focus

  • Consumer products and services
  • Contract management
  • Credit counseling and debt services
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurs
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Hospitality/leisure
  • Human resources
  • New media, media and entertainment
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Oil and gas
  • Professional services
  • Real estate
  • Technology
  • Travel


Venable lawyers regularly represent clients in each of the following areas:

  • State and federal income tax audits and examinations
  • State and federal estate, gift, and GST tax audits and examinations
  • State and federal excise tax audits and examinations
  • State and federal  administrative appeals
  • State and federal  criminal tax investigations
  • State and federal civil tax litigation
  • State and federal criminal tax litigation
  • State and federal collection and refund disputes
  • Federal tax disputes in bankruptcy court
  • Federal tax disputes for nonprofit organizations
  • International tax disputes

Government Experience

More than 40 attorneys focused on tax issues, including:

  • former staff of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel
  • former staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation


  • Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011 – 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Tax (National; Baltimore)
  • Seven tax attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America