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C. Cabell Chinnis

C. Cabell Chinnis

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Tax Controversy Team of the Year

The Legal 500 US Awards recognized Mayer Brown as Team of the Year for Tax Controversy for the second consecutive year. The award honors the best private practice teams over the past 12 months.

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.

Mayer Brown was recently named Tax Controversy Team of the Year for the second consecutive year in the Legal 500 United States Awards. "Mayer Brown is 'among the best' and fields a large team…dedicated exclusively to tax controversy and transfer pricing," said Legal 500 and its sources in the US edition. The firm is “regularly seen in the most high-profile controversy cases before the US Tax Court” and produced “yet another impressive run of work” in 2014.

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