Stu Bassin serves as the Leader of BakerHostetler’s Tax Litigation Practice—which has been ranked in Tier 1 ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” list. His own practice focuses upon representation of both corporations and individuals in tax litigation before a variety of federal courts. He has tried several cases involving multiple experts, international discovery and parallel civil/criminal litigation, appearing before the Court of Federal Claims, several different federal district courts and federal courts of appeals. He also represents taxpayers in audit and other administrative disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Stu served as Senior Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. In that capacity, he successfully litigated several of the most important and precedent-setting tax cases of recent years. He served as lead counsel on the first trial involving a Son of BOSS transaction, Jade Trading LLC v. United States; the first bench trial involving a sale-in/lease-out (SILO) transaction, AWG Leasing Trust v. United States; and in the first decided case involving the contingent liability transaction, Coltec Industries, Inc. v. United States. While at the Justice Department, Stu received six Outstanding Attorney Awards.
Both inside and outside the Government, Stu has worked extensively with Internal Revenue Service audit teams, Industry Specialists, Appeals Officers, Area Counsel and many separate components of the IRS National Office. His work has involved United States Attorneys, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and Revenue Service Representatives in several countries. Stu has published several articles on tax law and litigation topics and he regularly appears as a panelist on presentations at bar association and judicial conferences, recently co-chairing the 37th Annual Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference. Stu is a frequent contributor to BakerHostetler blogs on e-discovery (Discovery Advocate.com) and tax controversies (Issues in Tax Controversy).
3/4/2013 - Tax Analysts: Stu Bassin Argues D.C. Circuit Shouldn’t Reverse Ruling on IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer Program
2/1/2013 - Sixth Circuit Denies Government Motion for Rehearing in Quality Stores Employment Tax Challenge
10/25/2012 - Health Law Update —October 25, 2012