Monday, September 3, 2012

Ihlo and Daly Named DOJ Tax Senior Litigation Counsel (9/3/12)

U.S. Department of Justice
Tax Division
Assistant Attorney General Washington, D. C. 20530

August 15, 2012


To:   Tax Division
From: Kathryn Keneally
         Assistant Attorney General
Subject: Selection of Senior Litigation Counsel

I am pleased to announce that I have selected Jennifer E. Ihlo and Mark F. Daly as Senior Litigation Counsel. Senior Litigation Counsel handle the Tax Division's most challenging and important cases. Please join me in congratulating Jen and Mark, and in thanking them for taking on the additional responsibilities of the position.

Jennifer Ihlo- CATEPS

Jen is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the South Texas College of Law. She joined the Tax Division as a trial attorney in 1989. Prior to joining the Division, Jen served as an Assistant District Attorney in Beaumont, Texas, and as Assistant Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Since joining the Tax Division, Jen has served as lead counsel in numerous investigations and jury trials, many involving tax defier schemes. Among those cases was United States v. Flowers, et al. (D. Ore.), a multi-defendant case involving the trial of promoters of a fraudulent warehouse banking scheme, for which Jen and her co-counsel received the Department of Justice's John Marshall award. Over the years, Jen has developed tremendous expertise concerning tax defier and domestic terrorism issues and is highly regarded within the Division, Department, and the broader law enforcement community for her leading roles as both a litigator and an educator on those matters. In 1996, her expertise and the importance of those law enforcement issues led to her appointment as Special Counsel for Tax Protest Matters (Criminal) and, in 2008, as National Director of the Tax Defier Initiative.

Mark Daly - Criminal 

Mark is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Law. He joined the Department of Justice in 2002 and the Tax Division in 2006. Prior to joining the Division, he handled complex civil litigation in the Department's Civil Rights Division and in private practice with the well-regarded law firms Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP and Goodwin Proctor LLP. Since joining Tax Division, Mark has successfully handled the investigation and prosecution of numerous complex criminal tax cases. During the past 3 years, he has also taken a leading role in three separate grand jury investigations of major financial institutions involved in schemes to defraud the United States by aiding and assisting U.S. taxpayers to evade their taxes through undeclared offshore bank accounts. In that role, he has been actively engaged in developing overall strategy and managing teams of Tax Division prosecutors and IRS Special Agents, while assisting other prosecutors and investigating agents throughout the country. In 20 I 0, Mark conducted the grand jury investigation and served as lead trial counsel for the first trial arising from the offshore initiative, United States v. Cohen, et al. (S.D. Fla.), which involved a decades-long, $30 million scheme by father and son international hotel developers who evaded taxes through the use of nominees, sham corporations, and offshore bank accounts. After a monthlong trial, both defendants were convicted and later sentenced to ten years imprisonment and millions of dollars in fines and restitution.

I would also like to thank the other applicants. All of the applications reflected strong litigating experience, a dedication to public service, and a superior work ethic. The Tax Division is fortunate to have so many formidable litigators in its ranks.

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