Washington, D.C., October 17, 2012 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered regrets to announce the loss of our distinguished Member, colleague, and friend, Donald T. Rocen, who passed away on October 13, 2012.
"Don was an inspiration to all of us, a true model of professionalism, and a mentor on holding oneself to the highest standards and maintaining close, personal, and long-lasting relationships," said Anthony Shelley, Chair, Miller & Chevalier.
"Don had a tremendous capacity to bring people together to solve problems," said Lawrence Gibbs, Miller & Chevalier Tax Member and former IRS Commissioner. "He had a true affection for everyone with whom he worked."
"Don was the ultimate gentleman and exuded a professional excellence and joie de vivre," said Patricia Sweeney, Chair, Miller & Chevalier Tax Department.
Don joined Miller & Chevalier in 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief Counsel for Operations of the Internal Revenue Service's Chief Counsel's Office. In this position, he directed approximately 1,000 attorneys who provided legal services to the IRS operating divisions and other specialized areas while overseeing the Office of Chief Counsel's nationwide tax litigation, tax and non-tax legal services, and managerial support programs.
Prior to joining the Office of Chief Counsel, Don served in the National Tax Office of Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) until 1998 when C&L and Price Waterhouse merged to become PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He served in the National Office of PwC after the merger and served as Co-Leader of PwC's IRS Service Team.
Prior to his work for C&L and PwC, Don served from 1986 to 1989 as Assistant to the Commissioner during Miller & Chevalier Member Lawrence Gibbs' tenure as Commissioner, focusing on technical guidance in such areas as income tax accounting, pension and exempt organizations, tax exempt bonds, excise taxes, and compliance procedures. From 1971 to 1986, he served in a number of Office of Chief Counsel positions, including docket attorney in the General Litigation Division, branch chief and assistant director in the Disclosure Litigation Division, trial attorney in the Denver District Counsel Office and, finally, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Litigation.
Don was awarded the IRS Commissioner's Award and the IRS Chief Counsel's Award, as well as the Meritorious Service Award and the Albert Gallatin Award from the Department of the Treasury.
During his years at Miller & Chevalier, Don handled a wide variety of complex matters, consistently demonstrating his ability effectively to mesh clients' objectives with what could be accomplished with the IRS. He had an established reputation for achieving results in a collaborative manner.
Miller & Chevalier extends its deepest condolences to Don's family. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the firm.