David Cole > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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David represents corporations, partnerships, and high-net-worth individuals in a wide range of domestic and international tax matters. The clients David has represented span an array of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, private equity funds, renewable energy, domestic and foreign manufacturing, offshore drilling, shipping, real estate, and medical devices.

In his tax controversy practice, David has represented clients in all phases, from audit to IRS appeals to litigation. In his litigation practice, he has represented clients before the U.S. Tax Court, Federal Courts of Appeal, and in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He also has extensive experience with partnership disputes, having litigated many cases under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) and having advised clients on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA).

David also has extensive experience with transfer pricing and has advised companies on numerous U.S. federal income tax matters, including structuring intercompany operations and transactions between affiliates.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: contentious

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents clients in financial services, health care, real estate, and energy industries on both domestic and international tax disputes before tax authorities, as well as tax disputes between private parties. The firm has seen an increase in representing partnerships often owned by high-net-worth individuals or major corporations, as well as filing amicus briefs. Based in Houston, tax controversy team lead George Gerachis represents clients in Tax and Federal District Courts. He works alongside David Cole, who specializes in tax controversy, ranging from audits to IRS appeals and litigation. In Washington DC, Gary Huffman focuses on high-profile financial institutions and oil and gas corporations, and is a key resource regarding tax dispute resolution matters.