Senior Counsel

C. Cabell Chinnis

International Tax & Transfer Pricing, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Tax Transactions & Planning


Cabell Chinnis specializes in audits and Appeals. He has obtained speedy and favorable results by identifying key issues in the case and resolving them. He also has significant experience in advance pricing agreements, tax treaties and transfer pricing issues.

In audit, Cabell provides advice on working with the exam teams in special situations, preparing executives and other business personnel for interviews by the IRS or their experts, coordinating presentations to the exam team and resolving discovery disagreements with the exam team or Department of Justice. Cabell has successfully advised clients on how best to escalate within the IRS to senior agency personnel in order to facilitate resolution of audit issues. In Appeals, Cabell specializes in handling complex matters and expediting resolution of issues if they are more limited in scope. His cases since January 1, 2013 have involved section 482 issues in a variety of areas (services, tangible goods, transfers of intangibles), valuation disputes, R&E credit, and section 199.

Cabell also handles tax-related alternate dispute resolution, including fast-track and “limited issue” audits. In addition, he counsels tax exempt entities on a full range of matters, including their organization, operation and sponsorship. He has considerable experience in the operation of private foundations. 

Cabell began his nearly 30-year career by serving as a judicial clerk at the US Supreme Court for The Hon. Louis F Powell, Jr.


  • Yale Law School, JD
    Managing Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    Kennedy Fellowship
  • Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs, BA, magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa


  • California


  • US Tax Court