Miller & Chevalier's Thomas E. Zehnle is Elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel

10.01.12Washington, D.C., October 1, 2012 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that Firm Member Thomas E. Zehnle has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel by the Board of Regents of the College.

To be eligible for nomination to the College, a lawyer must be in practice for at least ten years and devoted the principal part of the time in practice to tax and tax-related matters. In addition, the lawyer must have demonstrated an exceptional degree of professional commitment to the practice of law through active involvement in the work of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, by planning or speaking in tax seminars and programs, through holding office in tax committees or sections of regional state or local bar associations, through significant legal writing or teaching in the field of taxation or by holding a responsible tax administration position with the federal government.

The College includes about 700 tax lawyers, and Zehnle joins three other Miller & Chevalier tax lawyers who are Fellows in the College: Lawrence Gibbs, Stephen Gertzman and Dennis Bedell.

About Thomas Zehnle

Zehnle has more than 25 years of experience in tax, white collar and civil litigation. He brings a broad perspective to handling such matters, having served as a defense lawyer, a federal prosecutor, and as the chief of a U.S. Department of Justice criminal enforcement section supervising tax fraud prosecutions across the United States. Zehnle joined the Department of Justice in 1990, first serving as a federal prosecutor, later as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General responsible for the Tax Division, and in 2001, as Chief of the Tax Division's Criminal Enforcement Section (Southern). He conducted extensive grand jury investigations and prosecuted complex financial fraud cases involving tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy, false claims, and Bank Secrecy Act violations. As Chief of the Section, Zehnle was responsible for supervising all major aspects of criminal tax investigations and prosecutions across a wide swath of the country, including the development and implementation of trial strategies and tactics needed for complex white collar cases.

Although he has particular experience in the area of criminal tax, Zehnle's practice also includes conducting and managing complicated investigations of large public companies. He has been selected and approved as an outside monitor by regulators, personally handling wide-ranging examinations mandated by the DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and various state enforcement agencies.

Zehnle served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Tax Enforcement Subcommittee from 2004-2010. He was the recipient of the DOJ's Outstanding Attorney Award in 1994 and 1998, and received DOJ management awards from 2002-2004. He was also the recipient of IRS Honorary Awards in 1995 and 2000.

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Patricia Sweeney, Chair, Tax Department, Miller & Chevalier, 202-626-5926
Thomas Zehnle, Member, Tax Department, Miller & Chevalier, 202-626-6062
Laura Miller, Media Relations, Greentarget, 312-252-4104
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