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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Archie Parnell Runs for Congress (4/15/17)

DOJ Tax Alum, Archie Parnell, is running for Congress in South Carolina.  See Avery G. Wilks and Cassie Cope, Sumter Democrat to enter 5th District race (The State 3/1/17), here.  His career since DOJ Tax has included stints with Exxon and Goldman Sachs.  Now he is back in his home town of Sumter and running for Congress as an outsider, a Democrat, and a novice politician (but being from South Carolina also, I am sure he is a good ole boy!).  The mayor of Sumter is quote as saying:  "He's the smartest candidate."  I'm sure we all wish him the best.

Here is his web site:

Addendum 5/9/17:

The Washington Post has this article on Archie's run for Congress:

David Weigel, In South Carolina special election, Democrats try for another GOP House seat (Washington Post 5/8/17), here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grady Jolly to Retire as Fifth Circuit Judge (3/11/17)

DOJ Tax Alum Grady Jolly will retire as a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  See Bracey Harris and Geoff Pender, Trump to appoint new Mississippi judge (The Clarion0Ledger 3/10/17), here.  The article indicates that after serving as an AUSA, he was a lawyer in the Tax Division from 1967 to 1969 when he entered private practice.

His Wikipedia entry is here.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Rod Rosenstein (2/3/17)

Jessica Karmasek, Attorneys: ‘By-the-book,’ ‘apolitical’ Rosenstein is ‘beyond qualified’ for deputy AG role (Legal NewsLine 2/2/17), here.
If you ask those who have worked with Rod Rosenstein whether he would be a good fit for the No. 2 spot at the U.S. Department of Justice, you’ll get a resounding “yes.”
I could excerpt more, but just read the article linked.

DOJ Tax Alum Writes on DOJ Tax Alums as Constraining Forces at DOJ in Trump Administration (2/3/17)

Stuart Gibson, Tax Division Alum, has written this piece, Tax Division To The Rescue -- If Trump Wants To Be Rescued (Tax Analysts / Forbes 2/1/17), here, noting the roles of two DOJ Tax Alums with DOJ in the Trump Administration that may act as constraining influences on his exuberances.  

Gibson sets up the bottom-line as follows:
That incident [firing of Acting AG Yates], and the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R.-Ala., as attorney general, have elevated two relatively unknown United States attorneys to prominence in the nascent Trump administration. After Trump fired Yates, he replaced her with Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Independently, he has nominated Rod Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland, to be the next deputy attorney general under Sessions. 
Both Boente and Rosenstein served as deputy assistant attorneys general in the Tax Division, and both have served under Presidents Bush and Obama. They understand the Tax Division’s culture of enforcing the laws fully and fairly, independent of politics. If they succeed in bringing that approach to the entire department, they just may save Trump and the country from his more destructive instincts. But only if Trump really wants it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hubbert Named Acting Assistant Attorney General Tax (1/31/17)

David Hubbert, a career DOJ Tax lawyer, has been named Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division, according to the DOJ web site here.

Boente Named Acting Attorney General (1/31/17)

Dana Boente, a DOJ Tax Alum and most recently U.S. Attorney for ED VA, has been named the Acting Attorney General after President Trump fired AAG Sally Q. Yates.  He will be Acting until a new Attorney General is approved by the Senate which might happen as early as this week. Whatever the commotion that led to this action, it does recognize an outstanding career of service to our country.  Thank you, AAG Boente!

A WAPO article on Boente is here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rosenstein Nominated for Deputy Attorney General (DOJ #2) (1/13/17)

The President-Elect has nominated Rod Rosenstein, who formerly served as principal deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division to serve in the Trump Administration as Deputy Attorney General.  See Jonathan H. Adler, A reassuring choice for deputy attorney general (The Volokh Conspiracy (1/13/17),  here.  Congratulations!

Rosenstein's Wikipedia page is here.