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Ellis Reemer

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Ellis Reemer represents clients in all aspects of sophisticated, challenging tax disputes, at the federal, state and local levels.

Ellis has more than 30 years of experience, first as a Senior Trial Attorney with the IRS Chief Counsel's office and then in private practice. His clients seek his advice and representation with respect to their most important and complex tax controversies and criminal tax matters.


LLM, New York University; JD, St. John's University; BA, Hunter College

United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious

Within: US taxes: contentious

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s recent highlights include acting for the estate of Gerard Basquiat, father of contemporary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, with regard to several issues, including valuation and the applicability of blockage and fractional-share discounts. Ellis Reemer is ‘shrewd, savvy and able to drill down to the essential issues in every case’, and Diana Erbsen, who re-joined the practice in April 2017 from her post as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review at the Tax Division of the DOJ, is ‘a brilliant tax attorney and outstanding advocate’. Kathryn Keneally moved to Jones Day in June 2017.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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