Christine Hooks is an associate in the Tax Controversy practice of the Washington DC office. She represents taxpayers in all stages of federal tax controversies, with a particular focus on matters drawing upon her litigation experience in all major forums for litigating federal tax disputes, as well as her substantive experience in a wide variety of complex issues, including transfer pricing, advance pricing agreements, foreign tax credits, prepayment of intercompany royalties, economic substance and substance over form issues, the research tax credit, the valuation of intangibles, and the calculation of overpayment interest.
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. As a trial attorney Christine represented the government as lead counsel in approximately one hundred tax-related matters, and co-counsel in several other matters, in the US district and bankruptcy courts. This experience incorporated extensive motion practice, including successfully moving for judgment on the pleadings on a $450 million claim for overpayment interest. Christine also negotiated numerous favorable settlements and represented the government as lead counsel at depositions and trial. Christine received an Outstanding Attorney Award and two Special Commendations for her service with the Tax Division. Recently Christine was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2015 edition of Washington, DC Super Lawyers.
Christine also has particular experience litigating summons enforcement actions and privilege claims, including serving as lead trial 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. Since joining Mayer Brown she has drawn upon this experience to represent taxpayers in summons enforcement actions and motions involving issues of privilege. She is also a frequent speaker on issues related to privilege and summons enforcement.
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.