Friday, August 18, 2017

Grover Hartt III Death (8/18/17; 8/22/17)

A DOJ Tax person forwarded me an email from David Hubbert to DOJ Tax personnel on Grover Hartt's passing on August 14, 2017.

A public memorial service will be held in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00pm, with a reception from 3-5pm.  Both events will be at Sparkman-Hillcrest, 7405 Northwest Highway, Dallas.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, to the SPCA of Texas, or the charity of your choice.

The online obituary at Sparkman Hillcrest is here, and the guestbook site for remembrances and condolences is here.

Hubbert's email was:
Yesterday, Grover Hartt, III, the Chief of the Southwestern Civil Trial Section, passed away unexpectedly.  The Tax Division mourns the loss of a great trial attorney, mentor, leader, and friend.  
Grover joined the Tax Division in 1983.  Since then Grover held positions as trial attorney, the Deputy Attorney in Charge of the Dallas Field Office, Assistant Chief in the Southwestern Civil Trial Section, Senior Litigation Counsel, and finally the Chief in the Southwestern Civil Trial Section.  Over the course of his Tax Division career, Grover profoundly influenced all of those who had the opportunity to work with him. 
Grover earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues in the Department of Justice through his decades of steadfast service in tax enforcement and administration.  Grover’s courtroom exploits included leading numerous trial teams that handled some of the nation’s most complex tax controversies involving billions of dollars.  Not only was Grover a gifted trial attorney, he was also a teacher and mentor.  For attorneys looking to learn, Grover shared his deep knowledge of tax law, bankruptcy practice, persuasive writing, and courtroom presentation.  And for those seeking to sharpen their courtroom skills, Grover put his attorneys in positions to succeed and offered them guidance on how to improve. 
Throughout his career, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service recognized Grover’s achievements as a trial attorney, instructor, and manager many times over.  In 2011, the President awarded Grover the Rank Award for Meritorious Service. The Attorney General awarded Grover the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, as well as the John Marshall Award for his leadership in guiding his trial team through a complex tax dispute to a favorable result.  The Tax Division conferred the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, Award for Managerial Excellence, and numerous Special Commendations and Outstanding Attorney Awards.  The IRS Office of Chief Counsel awarded him the IRS Mitchell Rogovin Award for Outstanding Support to the Office of Chief Counsel after a trial team lead by Grover obtained successful resolution in a complex, multi-party bankruptcy dispute.  In addition, the IRS frequently called upon Grover to speak at various trainings and programs conducted by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.  Grover’s talent for teaching strategies in conducting depositions and settlement negotiations cemented a reputation not only as an outstanding legal advocate but a teacher as well.  
Grover’s significant contributions reached beyond his government service and included his leadership in several national and local legal associations.  Grover served in the American Bar Association’s Tax Section for over 20 years and chaired a subcommittee on bankruptcy litigation. Grover served as a counsel-member in the State Bar of Texas’ LGBT Law Section from 2012 to 2014.  Over several years, Grover served in multiple roles in the Dallas Bar Association’s Tax Section, which culminated in chairing the Section in 2009.  In addition to his leadership, Grover wrote several articles for bar journals, and authored two chapters in the Collier on Bankruptcy treatise. He was a Master in the Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court in Dallas.  In light of these contributions, and others, Grover was selected as the first government trial attorney to become a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2002. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Law and selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly
This brief recitation does not truly capture the consummate professional that Grover was and all that he achieved and contributed. He was a cherished colleague and friend. And he will be deeply missed by all of us.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roger Thomasch Death (7/22/17)

Roger Thomasch died July 14, 2017.  His obituary is here.  My records show that he served in Refund 1 from 1970 to 1973.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kathy Keneally Joins Jones Day (6/28/17)

Jones Day has announced, here, that Kathy Keneally, formerly AAG Tax, has joined the firm.

Her Jones Day bio is here.

Congratulations and best of luck to Kathy.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Darren Farfante Named to Florida Judicial Circuit Court (6/6/17)

It is reported here that the Governor of Florida has named a DOJ Tax Alumnus, Darren D. Farfante, to the Florida 13th Judicial Circuit Court.  His current law firm bio is here but likely will go down some time soon.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Article on Pete Winstead (6/2/17)

Forbes has this article on DOJ Tax Alum Pete Winstead  who after leaving DOJ Tax founded the firm of Winstead McGuire & Secrest (now Winstead PC, here):  David J. Parnell, Pete Winstead Of Winstead PC, On 'Eat What You Kill,' Business Development And Collaborative Culture (Forbes 6/1/2017), here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ciraolo & Nannavati Join Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP (5/11/17)

Former DOJ Tax Division Attorneys, Caroline Cirarlo (Acting AAG) and Jay Nanavati (Ass't Chief CES) have joined Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, as partners in the K&F's new Washington office.

The K&F press release is here.  According to the press release:
Ms. Ciraolo and Mr. Nanavati will focus on complex and sophisticated civil tax controversies, including sensitive audits, administrative appeals, and litigation in in the U.S. Tax Court, federal district and appellate courts, and state tax tribunals; related tax advice, including advice on uncertain tax positions, financial reporting, claims for refund, amended returns, voluntary disclosures, and internal investigations; and representation of individuals and institutions in white collar and criminal tax investigations and prosecutions.
Their bios on the K&F web site are Ciraolo, here, and Nanavati, here.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dana Boente Appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division (4/28/17)

DOJ has this announcement, here, on a DOJ Tax Alum:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Dana Boente to Serve as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division

From the release:
Prior to this appointment, Boente had been serving as the Acting Deputy Attorney General since Jan. 30, 2017, and has served and will continue to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 15, 2015. Boente was appointed by the Attorney General in December 2012 to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position he held until September 2013. Boente began his career with the Justice Department in 1984 with the Tax Division, and in January 2001 he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of the Eastern District of Virginia. 
From 2005 to 2007, Boente served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division. Following his service with the Tax Division, he returned to the Eastern District of Virginia when he was selected as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. He served as acting U.S. Attorney for that office from October 2008 through September 2009 and from Sept. 23, 2013 until his Senate confirmation.