Mr. Brown represents taxpayers in their tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the New Mexico Department of Revenue.
Mr. Brown serves as counsel to clients during tax audits, administrative appeals and tax litigation, and also assists taxpayers confronted with Government action to collect unpaid taxes.
Mr. Brown advises both individuals and businesses on tax planning matters, including the formation and reorganization of family and commercial entities. He works closely with accountants, in house accounting personnel and others to ensure that IRS guidelines are complied with and tax savings are maximized. Mr. Brown also helps foreign clients acquire and dispose of U.S. businesses and property. He works with foreign law firms and other advisors to structure client investments abroad. Additionally, he assists clients in complying with foreign bank account (FBAR) disclosure requirements.
Mr. Brown has helped numerous non-profit organizations obtain tax-exempt status, to set up their corporate structure, and to address governance and tax related issues. He has successfully defended against IRS attempts to revoke the tax-exempt status of charitable organizations.
In the intellectual property area, Mr. Brown’s practice is focused upon working with businesses and individuals to develop, register, maintain and protect trademarks, service marks, trade names, and trade dress. He has also assisted in the acquisition of trademarks from other parties. Mr. Brown helps clients go after infringers and defends clients charged with infringing the rights of others. He has considerable experience drafting and negotiating complex licensing and joint venture agreements involving intellectual property.
Mr. Brown has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
With regard to community engagement, Mr. Brown is a member of the El Paso Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, New York Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1971 to 1995, and retired with the rank of Captain.