King & Spalding has recruited Nathan E. Clukey as a partner in its tax practice to help expand the firm's tax controversy and tax litigation practices. He will be resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Clukey had been a trial lawyer in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice since 2008.
At the Justice Department, Clukey tried an array of tax cases in federal district courts, serving as lead counsel in both jury and bench trials. He litigated several case tax shelter cases, including the first 743(f) distressed debt shelter case. He has prosecuted civil injunction actions nationwide, including the first-ever injunction suit referred by the large business and international division of the Internal Revenue Service. He also has extensive experience handling parallel civil and criminal proceedings as well as international tax investigations and litigation, with a focus on transfer-pricing tax actions.
"Nathan's litigation experience and technical knowledge of the tax law give him a unique ability to serve clients in complex and demanding tax controversy contexts," said Hap Shashy, leader of King & Spalding's tax practice. "We are very lucky to have Nathan, and we welcome him to the firm."
Clukey is a three-time recipient of the DOJ tax division's outstanding attorney award and the recipient of IRS chief counsel's Mitchell Rogovin award for outstanding support by the Department of Justice. He received a J.D. degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Clukey is an adjunct professor in the master of laws in taxation program at Georgetown University Law Center.