Christine Hooks is an associate in the Tax Controversy practice of the Washington office. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2012, Christine served as Counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Trial Matters and practiced as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice, Tax Division. Through these positions Christine gained significant experience in the area of privilege and summons enforcement actions, including serving as lead counsel in Valero Energy Corp. v. United States
, in which the government successfully enforced an IRS summons by relying upon the tax shelter exception to the tax practitioner privilege. As a trial attorney Christine represented the government as lead counsel in over one hundred tax-related cases, including Ford Motor Company v. United States
, in which the government defeated a claim for overpayment interest on cash bonds later converted into payments. Christine also represented the government as co-counsel in Procter & Gamble v. United States
, involving the valuation of donated technologies and the calculation of the tax credit for increasing research activities. Christine received an Outstanding Attorney Award and two Special Commendations for her service with the Tax Division.
Prior to her tenure with the Tax Division, Christine also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy B. Firestone of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.