I lead Plante Moran’s Tax Controversy Services practice where we frequently represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service, including its Independent Office of Appeals. I am also a leader in the firm’s National Tax Office, focusing on transaction structuring as well as unique and emerging issues. I also serve as the Firm’s Tax Counsel. My practice of law is currently limited to the representation of Plante & Moran.
I’ve helped clients to save millions of dollars in taxes through a close review of the federal tax law and the advice I've given. I’ve also been successful in helping clients obtain full or substantial concessions from the IRS on many occasions.
I have more than 20 years of professional experience as an attorney and Certified Public Accountant, including experience gained with a Big Four accounting firm. Prior to joining Plante Moran, I was a trial and appellate attorney with experience in nearly 20 jury trials and 40 cases with Ohio’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. I received 7 favorable jury verdicts against Fortune 500 opponents, and a landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Ohio that drew national attention. In addition, my legal and statistical research was utilized by the United States government in a Medicare fraud case to obtain an eight-figure settlement. Outside the courtroom, I’m also a past-President of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association in Dayton, Ohio.
While practicing law full-time, I received a Masters of Tax Law degree from New York University after graduating from law school ranked 5th in my class. I was a tax law professor for several years before arriving at Plante Moran. I was also one of the original test reviewers for the Uniform Certified Public Accountancy Exam.