Firm Profile > Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry > Houston, United States

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
HOUSTON, TX 77002-4310
United States

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry has an 'outstanding reputation' representing taxpayers in all phases of tax controversy, including litigation at the federal, state and local levels. The group is noted in particular for its work in criminal tax matters, including allegations of failure to report income, fraudulent overstatement of deductions, and preparation of false tax returns, among others. The team has strong footholds in major commercial centers throughout the South and the East Coast. Key figures in the group include David Aughtry in Atlanta and Lawrence Sherlock in Houston, and Philip Karter in the Philadelphia office, all of whom have decades of experience in tax controversy and litigation. In San Antonio, Juan Vasquez is a name to note for administrative appeals and Jaime Vasquez is a contact for IRS examination work. Clients have also singled out Houston-based Larry Campagna for his 'excellent advocacy skills and substantive knowledge' of tax litigation.


The firm has an outstanding reputation based on excellent knowledge of the law, both substantive and procedural, coupled with excellent advocacy skills. Larry Campagna is properly recognized nationally for his success in tax litigation.

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1965 by attorneys from the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice as a tax-focused firm specializing in tax planning, controversy and litigation, Chamberlain Hrdlicka has grown to over 150 attorneys, servicing a wide variety of practice areas. Today, the firm’s tradition of personalized service continues to be valued by clients from the smallest start-up ventures to the largest multinational companies.

Main Areas of Practice:

Construction: The firm’s representation of clients extends from the beginning of projects through their conclusion, from the negotiation of contracts and preparation of bids to the resolution of construction disputes. The firm assists clients in project administration, job close-outs and settlement, and ‘privatization’ matters, performs disaster and injury investigations, and provides a full range of services with respect to government (federal, state and local) contracts, including bid protests and board of contract appeals claims.

Corporate, Securities & Finance: The firm represents a broad spectrum of public and private business entities involved in initial public offerings and secondary offerings of equity and debt securities; private placements; mergers and acquisitions; venture capital financing; international project finance; swaps and financial derivative transactions; corporate bonds and asset-backed securities; conventional loans; leveraged buy-outs; exchange offers; tender offers; roll-up consolidations, and other business combinations and reorganizations; technology licensing, equity incentive and compensation programs; supply chain management; and ongoing corporate and securities counseling of both public and private companies as well as their directors and executive officers.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: The firm’s employee benefits section represents public companies, large and closely-held private companies, tax-exempt organizations, and the fiduciaries who oversee those entities’ employee benefit plans. From qualified retirement plans, to executive compensation, to fiduciary advice, to health and welfare programs, to mergers and acquisitions, to ERISA litigation.

Energy & Maritime: The firm’s energy practice encompasses expertise in power development, project financing, industry mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, with emphasis on gas to power marketing and trading, asset development and financing, energy management agreements, gas supply agreements, power purchase and sale agreements, fuel transportation agreements, transmission queue position swaps, electrical and fuel interconnection agreements.

Estate Planning & Administration: The firm’s estate planning and administration section provides legal counsel on wills, planning for incapacity, gifting strategies, life insurance planning, trust planning, charitable giving, succession planning, family limited partnerships, marital property agreements, estate administration and probate, preparation and filing of returns, representation in estate and gift tax audits.

Immigration: The firm’s expertise includes outbound planning for US-based clients; inbound planning for foreign clients; cross-border business support and counsel; personal planning for ‘citizens of the world’; resolving tax controversies involving international issues; and obtaining appropriate US immigration status.

Intellectual Property: Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s IP group provides comprehensive services in patent, trademark and copyright protection and dispute resolution. The firm prides itself on understanding clients’ IP needs and providing exceptional service in promoting, preserving, and protecting their IP rights. The firm’s team of attorneys can assist with the development of an IP approach, portfolio or licensing program, with the evaluation and development of an existing IP portfolio, or the enforcement of your IP rights.

International: Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s diverse team of international practitioners works to minimize the risk and simplify the complexity of international activities for clients. From individuals and families, to public and private businesses, the firm serves a broad spectrum of clients based both in the US and abroad. Through collaborative work across practice areas, the firm’s international team takes a comprehensive approach to provide full legal support.

Labor & Employment: The firm’s labor and employment attorneys specialize in protecting the interests of employers from executive stock and bonus plans, to hourly dispute resolution plans. The firm also has extensive experience in successfully resolving labor and employment litigation matters.

Litigation & Appellate: The firm provides comprehensive litigation services in a wide variety of specialized areas, including antitrust, insurance, business fraud, consumer law, deceptive trade practices, contract disputes, environmental law, federal multi-district litigation, products liability, toxic torts, IP rights infringement, white-collar crime and other areas.

Privacy & Data SecurityThe personal information companies accumulate has become a highly valuable – and increasingly risk-laden – business asset. As more countries introduce new data protection laws to regulate the collection, use, disclosure and security of personal information, many companies find it more and more challenging to navigate the myriad complex regulations in order to comply with their data privacy and security obligations. And, the rise in technology innovation combined with the rapid increase in cybersecurity threats poses additional concerns which demand a legal team with deep expertise in Privacy and Data Security matters.

Probate & Fiduciary Litigation: Trust and estate litigation involves a wide array of composite issues such as fiduciary duties, tax and real estate issues, rights of creditors, family business and even bankruptcy. As a result, it is vitally important for clients to have a strong team of expert litigators dedicated to resolving complex trust and estate disputes with the best possible outcome. Knowing that every case comes with its own distinct and sometimes overwhelming issues, Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s trust and estate litigators approach each matter with genuine concern for clients, coupled with an extensive foundation of legal and procedural knowledge.

Real Estate: The firm’s expertise includes development, financing, purchase and sale of a wide variety of real estate assets, including residential and commercial office and retail complexes, manufacturing facilitates, resort facilities and land development. The firm handles negotiation and drafting of real estate contracts and leases, title and survey review and curative actions, closing agreements and documentation, workouts and foreclosures, and eminent domain and condemnation proceedings.

Tax & Tax Controversy: Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s nationally ranked tax section is a core strength of the firm’s diversified law practice. The firm’s tax section represents domestic and foreign multinational companies in cross-border financial transactions, international structuring, global tax minimization, including transfer pricing and contract manufacturing arrangements, foreign tax credit management and planning, section 199 deductions, accounting method issues, including inventory methods and capitalization issues, and advising on the application of FIN 48 to domestic and international tax issues. The firm also provides counsel on all phases of the tax controversy process, from the beginning of the tax audit, to the preparation of tax protests and negotiation with IRS Appeals, to litigation in the federal tax courts and representation on appeal. Similarly, at the state level, the firm represents taxpayers in all phases of the tax litigation process. Chamberlain Hrdlicka is also the sole United States law firm belonging to the International Tax Group (‘ITG’), an elite group of international tax lawyers from five continents.

Tax Planning & Business Transactions: Understanding the byzantine world of tax law and utilizing that highly specialized knowledge to a client’s best advantage is the sine qua non of effective tax planning.  We can help you plan your transactions in order to maximize tax benefits – and avoid tax disasters. Day in, day out, we work with individuals and organizations who are subject to tax laws around the world, including domestic and foreign entities, C corporations and S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, professional associations and sole proprietorships, trustees and executors, consolidated groups, disregarded entities and tax-exempt organizations. Whether your transaction is related to your business or involves a personal investment, we can help you structure the transaction in order to achieve the best results under federal, state, local and international tax laws. We are experienced at working both individually and as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Whether you are implementing a new business venture, guiding a business through the start-up phase, managing significant developments throughout the life of a business, or directing the sale or dissolution of a business or its assets, we can identify and plan for the associated tax consequences and help you and the other members of your team reach your goals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Larry Campagna 713.654.9609
John Meredith 713.356.1681
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