Miller & Chevalier Tax Member Lawrence B. Gibbs Receives the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Distinguished Service Award


Washington, D.C., May 10, 2014 -- Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that Lawrence B. (Larry) Gibbs, a Member in the firm's Tax Department, was selected as a recipient of the 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1995, the award is presented annually to one lawyer who epitomizes outstanding service and professionalism within the tax bar. Each year, the award honors an individual with a distinguished career in tax law who has provided an aspirational standard for all tax lawyers to emulate.

"I would like to thank the Tax Section for honoring me today with this award," Gibbs said. "The Tax Section has played a major role in my development as a tax lawyer." The award was presented at the ABA Section of Taxation's May luncheon and plenary session at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

"It is hard to find someone that embodies the spirit of this award more than Larry and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the tax bar," said Patricia Sweeney, Chair of Miller & Chevalier's Tax Department. "This is the third time that a Miller & Chevalier lawyer has received this award and we are thrilled that Larry is in such good company with Jack Nolan, who received the inaugural award in 1995, and Phil Mann, who received the award in 2012."

Gibbs said his 50 years in the Tax Section were instrumental to helping him "understand what the tax profession is all about. As I became more involved in Section meetings and activities, I developed a deeper respect for the tax law, for the governmental authorities who write, administer and enforce the tax law and for the importance of the ethical responsibilities that tax attorneys have not only to their clients, but also to the government and to the law itself."

About Lawrence B. Gibbs

Larry Gibbs focuses his practice on tax consulting, tax controversies and legislative and policy work before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Justice, Congress, the Joint Committee on Taxation, other Executive and Congressional agencies, the U.S. Tax Court and other Federal Courts, state tax agencies, courts and legislatures, and various foreign tax administrators and competent authorities in the United States and in other countries. His clients include corporations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 10 companies, large Subchapter S corporations, partnerships, mutual funds, real estate mortgage investment conduits, limited liability companies and other pass-through entities, tax-exempt organizations, trusts, wealthy individuals and families, as well as states, territories and quasi-government entities, both foreign and domestic.

His career includes many years of government service at the IRS, where he served as Commissioner (1986-1989), Assistant Commissioner, Acting Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel. Gibbs frequently speaks and writes about various subjects involving federal taxation. He has delivered the prestigious Griswold Lecture to the American College of Tax Counsel and has spoken on tax topics at the Salk Institute, the American Tax Policy Institute, the Tax Council and Tax Executives Institute's (TEI's) Annual Conference. He is a frequent contributor to The Tax Executive, published by TEI, and Tax Notes, published by Tax Analysts.

Gibbs is a member of the Tax Foundation Policy Committee, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American Law Institute. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Tax Analysts. He is ranked in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America®, and Washingtonian Magazine. He is a recipient of the Tax Council Policy Institute's Pillar of Excellence Award, TEI's Distinguished Service Award, the Federal Bar Association's Kenneth S. Liles Award for Distinguished Service and the Alexander Hamilton Award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

About Miller & Chevalier

Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, DC law firm with a global perspective and leading practices in Tax, Employee Benefits (including ERISA), International Law and Business, White Collar and Internal Investigations, Complex Litigation and Government Affairs. In an era of big law, Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. Over the past three years, the firm's lawyers have represented approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 100, nearly a quarter of the Fortune 500 and 30 percent of the Global 50. Based in Washington, DC, a significant number of firm lawyers have held senior positions in the U.S. government and have written many of the regulations they currently help clients navigate. For more information on the firm, visit


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