Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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Val helps clients involved in complex U.S. federal and state tax controversies, including administrative resolution and in litigation. Also, Val counsels clients regarding their existing operations and structure and assists with tax planning matters. Val’s clients come from diverse industries, including oil and gas, oil field services, telecommunications, software, insurance, electronics, entertainment, consumer products, trucking, pharmaceutical, agriculture, food production and other industries, as well as high net worth individuals.
Val handles virtually any aspect of complex tax disputes involving the IRS, including:
Clients seek Val’s experienced, high-value counsel as a tax controversy attorney on U.S. domestic and international tax issues, including transfer pricing, subpart F, other foreign entity, foreign tax credit, U.S. trade or business, permanent establishment, research tax credit, foreign tax credit, other tax credit, withholding tax, captive insurance, worthless stock loss, business expense, domestic production activities deduction, consolidated return, charitable deduction, conservation easement, tax exemption, partnership, valuation and family limited partnership, tax treaty, transportation and other excise tax, voluntary disclosure, IRS collection, tax penalty, procedural, tax litigation and other issues.
Throughout his career, Val has achieved multiple successes. Most recently, Val served as the lead trial counsel for Rent-A-Center in a large complex matter before the U.S. Tax Court involving captive insurance issues.
Prior to entering private practice in 1994, Val worked for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Chicago and Dallas, where he served in a variety of federal tax litigation and executive capacities. During his tenure as a federal tax attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Val was involved in the development, settlement of numerous corporate and individual federal tax cases involving diverse domestic and international tax issues, including transfer pricing, oil and gas and related issues.
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