Monday, October 24, 2011

Tax Division Attorneys Receive Awards at the Attorney General's Awards Ceremony (10/24/11)

At the Attorney General's Awards Ceremony on 10/19/11, the following awards were made to DOJ Tax attorneys:

Tax Division Office of Civil Litigation Chief Senior Litigation Counsel Dennis M. Donohue is awarded the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation for his exceptional service in successfully litigating three recent tax shelter cases, and contributing to the department’s objective of vigorously enforcing the interests of the United States in tax litigation. With meticulous preparation, creative courtroom techniques and powerful advocacy, Mr. Donohue examined complex financial transactions to convince three separate courts to hold the taxpayers liable for substantial penalties including tax and interest.

Another John Marshall Award for Support of Litigation is awarded to Tax Division Eastern Region Civil Trial Section Trial Attorney Charles M. Flesch. Mr. Flesch is awarded for his outstanding contributions and dedication in supporting the civil litigating components of the department in activities above and beyond his own demanding caseload. He has also provided department attorneys with a body of well-focused and meticulously researched monographs, and has personally fostered the continuing legal education of numerous attorneys through his regular participation as an instructor at the National Advocacy Center.

Another Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service is presented to the team responsible for the investigation and prosecution Jack Abramoff and his associates, resulting in the conviction of 20 individuals for public corruption-related charges since 2005, including a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, other high-ranking public officials and various lobbyists, including Abramoff. Recipients include, from the Tax Division Criminal Enforcement Section – Northern Region Assistant Chief Karen E. Kelly;  [the names of other attorneys from other components are omitted].


The Main Justice blog on the awards (essentially cloning the DOJ press release) is here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stuart Abrams Death

I have received word that Stuart Abrams, former AUSA in SDNY, who worked on tax cases both with as an AUSA and private practitioner died on 10/12/11.  I will post more information here as I receive it.

Any reader who would like to share memories of Stu are welcome to do so in the comments.

The New York Times Obituary is here, but here is the text portion in full:

ABRAMS--Stuart Edward. Of New York City and Ancramdale, NY. Extraordinary spouse, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, friend, lawyer, historian, writer, pianist, cross-country skier, gardener, Red Sox fan. Born April 30, 1953 in Englewood, NJ, son of the late Dilys (Jones) and Selden Abrams, he died October 13, 2011 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Stuart was loved and admired by his spouse of 31 years, Caroline J. Downey, his children Alexandra and Stephen Abrams-Downey, his sister Nancy Abrams Gaess, his siblings-in-law Peter, Jim, Sally, Bob, Nancy, Steve, KT, Paul, Hallie, Eleanor and Jay, his 19 nieces and nephews, his cousins and his many friends. A 1974 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia Law School, 1977, he had been a partner at Frankel & Abrams since 1994 and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 1982-1989, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Counsel and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit. He also served as an Associate Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra Matters from 1989-1990. Those wishing to honor Stuart's memory may consider donations to Obama for America 2012 and Partners in Health. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, at 1:00pm at the Ethical Culture Society, 64th St and Central Park West.