Recognized Technical and Industry Experience Will Further Strengthen Firm's Preeminent Tax Practice
Washington, D.C., February 6, 2012 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that James I. Warren and Alexander Zakupowsky, Jr. have joined the Tax Department as Members. They come to the firm from Winston & Strawn, where they were partners in that firm's Tax and Energy and Utilities practices. Warren is nationally recognized for his experience in the areas of federal taxation of utilities and tax accounting, and Zakupowsky has a national reputation in the areas of tax accounting, transfer pricing and the taxation of utilities.
"We are thrilled that Jim and Alex are joining us. They both have sterling reputations and share our commitment to client excellence," said Patricia Sweeney, Chair of the Tax Department. "Miller & Chevalier is focused on continuing to strategically expand our practice by attracting top tax talent with proven experience in technical and industry areas critical to our clients. Alex and Jim bring experience in a number of those target areas, including tax accounting and transfer pricing, as well as valuable depth in the utility and automotive sectors, among others. Their addition further strengthens our existing capabilities and will provide significant benefits to our clients."
Warren advises predominantly electric, gas and water utilities in all aspects of federal tax matters. These matters include operational and transactional tax advice and representation in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the audit and appeals level, as well as in connection with applications to the IRS national office for private letter rulings and technical advice requests. Warren frequently serves as an expert tax witness in utility proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and numerous state utility commissions. He brings a deep understanding of utility industry activities, both regulated and non-regulated, to his clients. He has proven experience developing broad-based tax solutions for utility companies that reflect the critical tax, accounting and regulatory perspectives. During his professional career, he has been a tax partner in several international accounting firms. Warren is a past chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation, Committee on Regulated Public Utilities. Warren earned a J.D. and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law, an M.S. in Accounting from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a B.A. from Stanford University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Zakupowsky handles tax controversy matters at all judicial and administrative levels. His practice focuses in particular on tax accounting, including the timing of income and deductions and the special tax requirements for inventories; and transfer pricing, including controversies with the IRS, competent authority, and advance pricing agreements. He has first chair litigation experience. In addition, he has handled legislative and policy matters for industry groups and other diverse clients. Zakupowsky brings great depth in a variety of industry sectors, including electric and gas utilities and automotive. He serves as outside tax counsel to the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association. Because of the nature of his practice, Zakupowsky's projects have been both national and global in scope. Prior to entering private practice, he was a partner with a major accounting firm and before that served as an adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy for the U.S. Department of Treasury. He serves on the ABA's Tax Structure and Simplification Committee and previously served as chair of its Tax Accounting Problems Committee. In addition, he is a vice chair of the Taxation and Accounting Committee of the ABA's Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Section. Zakupowsky earned a J.D. and a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
"Miller & Chevalier has a preeminent tax brand, because of its deep bench of experience in controversy, planning and policy. Our practices will augment the firm's significant technical and industry depth, as well as its geographic reach," said Zakupowsky. "My clients' tax needs are diverse and sophisticated, and with the broad capabilities that the firm offers, and its reputation for providing outstanding client service, I am confident that the transition will be seamless."
"Miller & Chevalier is iconic in the tax community, and I am extremely pleased to be joining this nationally recognized firm," said Warren. "I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the firm's lawyers, whose depth of private practice and government experience across a broad spectrum of federal tax areas, will be of great benefit to my clients."
About Miller & Chevalier's Preeminent Tax Practice
Miller & Chevalier's Tax Department serves clients headquartered in every corner of the U.S. and throughout the world. The firm is widely recognized as a leader in tax matters, with one of the nation's most impressive records of successfully resolving complex tax issues. The firm's lawyers have achieved extraordinary outcomes for clients in every phase of the IRS administrative process and have litigated more than 100 tax cases in the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Federal District Courts, the Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court, including several of the largest tax cases of record. Miller & Chevalier tax lawyers include former government officials at the highest levels of the IRS. Clients come to Miller & Chevalier as a result of the firm's extraordinary breadth and depth of federal tax talent and technical experience, spanning tax controversy and litigation, business transactions and reorganizations, international tax, transfer pricing, tax accounting, financial products, criminal tax, excise tax, and withholding issues.
Miller & Chevalier's Transfer Pricing team includes Rocco Femia, a former official with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, who was instrumental in developing transfer pricing policies related to intercompany services and intellectual property transfers and who advises multinational companies on a wide variety of transfer pricing matters. It also includes lawyers who have represented multinational companies in significant transfer pricing disputes with the IRS, such as Kevin Kenworthy. Miller & Chevalier's Tax Accounting team includes Steve Gertzman, widely recognized as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers in the area of tax accounting, and his treatise, Federal Tax Accounting, is considered the leading authority on the topic. The team handles the full range of tax accounting issues, including planning or defending a tax accounting position, arguing a case before the Tax Court or other federal courts, and discussing pressing tax policy issues at the highest levels of the IRS, Treasury and Congress.
About Miller & Chevalier
Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, D.C. 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. For more information on the firm, visit www.millerchevalier.com.
Laura Miller, Media Relations, Greentarget, 312-252-4104
Patricia Sweeney, Chair, Miller & Chevalier Tax Department, 202-626-5926
James Warren, Member, Miller & Chevalier Tax Department, 202-626-5959
Alexander Zakupowsky, Jr., Member, Miller & Chevalier Tax Department, 202-626-5950