Laura L. Gavioli, defends individuals and corporations in white-collar prosecutions, civil tax cases, US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversies and complex financial litigation.

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  • Represented a US taxpayer in complex, multi-year partnership litigation in connection with IRS challenges to over $1 billion in losses arising from investments in distressed Chinese assets—the first phase of litigation was the first (and the largest) distressed debt case of its kind to be brought to trial, and resulted in the rare holding that no penalties applied due to the taxpayers’ reasonable cause; assisted in this penalty defense and managed the second phase of litigation, involving 21 separate proceedings in federal district court, US Tax Court and IRS examinations, in which the US Department of Justice (DOJ) initially sought more than $300 million from the taxpayers; in settlement in 2014, DOJ conceded 95 percent of the overall alleged liability, and further agreed to abate all penalties
  • Representing international financial institutions, US taxpayers and their advisors regarding previously undisclosed offshore accounts, including representing more than 50 taxpayers in the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative and advising taxpayers and institutions regarding DOJ’s Swiss Bank Compliance Program

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  • Super Lawyers 2009, 2011 to 2014, Texas Rising Star, Tax
  • Chambers USA 2020
  • The Legal 500 United States 2019

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  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • International Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association, Tax Section


Tulane University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 2004
Haverford College, BA, 1998

New York

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Laura L. Gavioli

Insights & Events / Media

New York, NY / McDermott Event / November 21, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / May 13 - 15, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / May 8, 2019

Old Greenwich, CT / Speaking Engagements / April 11, 2019

Tax Notes / Worldwide Tax Daily / March 21, 2016

Tax Notes / Worldwide Tax Daily / December 23, 2015