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Tax Controversy


Brian W. Kittle is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Tax Controversy practice. Brian represents clients in all facets of tax controversy, including administrative proceedings, contested hearings, litigation and appellate matters. His controversy experience includes major corporate tax matters involving substance-over-form disputes, economic substance issues, valuation issues, intercompany transactions, debt-versus-equity issues, Subchapter C issues and leasing transactions. Brian frequently assists clients in using IRS alternative dispute resolution initiatives and has broad experience handling audits and IRS Appeals. His litigation experience includes extensive trial work in the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims, and appellate advocacy in various United States Courts of Appeals.


Georgetown University Law Center, 2004; LLM in Taxation, with distinction State University of New York, Buffalo Law School, JD, cum laude, 2003; Buffalo Law Review, 2001-2003 (Business Editor: 2002-2003; Associate Member: 2001-2002); Executive Student Editor, American Bar Association's Journal of Affordable Housing, 2002-2003 University of New England, BS, cum laude, 1998

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Brian Kittle - Mayer Brown

Within: US taxes: contentious

The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ team at Mayer Brown includes Chicago-based Thomas Kittle-Kamp, who has been advising Altera on an IRS appeal seeking to overturn the Tax Court’s decision agreeing with the client that the IRS equity compensation regulation is invalid due to procedural and substantive faults under the Administrative Procedure Act. Joel Williamson and John Hildy (both located in Chicago) have been acting for Hyatt Hotels in a Tax Court case concerning the treatment of Hyatt’s customer loyalty program. New York-based Brian Kittle, a ‘clear star’, has been assisting Canada Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) with a matter involving the deductibility of certain settlement expenses and the allocation of such expenses among CIBC’s various entities in Canada and the US. Palo Alto’s Larry Langdon and Washington DC’s Gary Wilcox are other notable names.

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