Gardere - Attorney Bio - Brent C. Gardner Jr.,  Associate,  Dallas Office,  

Brent C. Gardner Jr.
Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3000
1601 Elm Street
Dallas,  Texas  75201
Phone: 214.999.4585
Fax: 214.999.3585

Area(s) of Expertise

Practice Emphasis

Brent Gardner advises clients with respect to tax controversy resolution, including litigation and litigation avoidance. Mr. Gardner has experience with state and federal tax controversies and represents both businesses and individuals.

In addition to his tax controversy practice, Mr. Gardner counsels public and private companies regarding their existing operations, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

Clients and Matters

Mr. Gardnerís representative experience includes:

  • Representing clients in tax cases heard in U.S. District Court, U.S. Tax Court and the Texas Court of Appeals.
  • Representing clients in administrative proceedings with the IRS, including audit and appeals.
  • Representing individuals making voluntary disclosures related to interests in offshore financial accounts and entities.
  • Preparing private letter ruling requests on various issues, including the deductibility of a charitable contribution of a conservation easement.
  • Preparing tax opinions, representation letters and tax disclosure statements related to tax-free corporate mergers and acquisitions.
  • Preparing partnership agreements and limited liability company agreements.
  • Performing due diligence, including extensive document review in English and Portuguese.


  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law (2008)
  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction (2006)
  • B.S., Arizona State University, magna cum laude (2004)
    • Finance
    • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma

Publications and Speeches


  • Co-Author, All That Glitters Is Not Gold ... Entering Into and Enforcing Charitable Pledges in Texas, Tex. Tax. Law., Winter 2010.
  • Co-Author, Bringing It All Back Home: Unreported Offshore Assets (presented at 57th Annual University of Texas Taxation Conference) (November 2009).
  • Co-Author, FIN 48 and Related Privilege Issues (presented at 56th Annual University of Texas Taxation Conference) (November 2008).


  • Co-Presenter with Val J. Albright, Address at the Dallas CPA Society Convergence 2014 Conference: Current Trends and Traps in Federal Tax Controversies (May 2014).
  • Presenter, Doing Business Overseas: Choice of Entities & Overlay of Treaties, Bloomberg BNA Intermediate U.S. International Tax (July 2013).
  • Co-Presenter with Val J. Albright and Michael J. Donohue, Current Trends and Traps in Federal Tax Controversies, UHY Advisors Inc. (June 2013).
  • Co-Presenter with Val J. Albright, Current Trends and Traps in Federal Tax Controversies, Wagner Eubank & Nichols (June 2013).
  • Co-Presenter with Val J. Albright and Michael J. Donohue, Current Trends and Traps in Federal Tax Controversies, Lane Gorman Trubitt PLLC (August 2012).
  • Co-Presenter with John Woodruff, Permanent Establishment, Tax Executives Institute - Houston Chapter International Roundtable (March 2012).
  • Co-Presenter with Val J. Albright, Transfer Pricing Controversy and Competent Authority, BNA Tax & Accounting Council for International Tax Education (July 2011).

Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice before:
    • Texas State Courts
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Tax Court
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Chair, Taxation Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
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