Criminal Tax Defense Attorneys | McDermott White Collar Defense

Criminal Tax Defense


When you receive a subpoena or government notification of a potential criminal investigation, you can turn to us to defend your interests fiercely and effectively. Our team includes practitioners who are top-ranked in both criminal and tax matters, combining a wealth of white collar defense experience with a deep understanding of criminal tax procedure and the tax code.

In complex criminal tax cases, you need a legal team with the skill to navigate tax nuances and build a solid tax defense within the framework of criminal law—from discovery rules to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and beyond. We use our experience with criminal tax procedure and credibility with our strong government connections to help you achieve the most favorable outcome. Whether you are an individual or multinational company, or anything in between, we can represent you in sensitive audits, subpoena responses, search warrants, voluntary disclosures, investigations, plea negotiations, trials, sentencings and appeals.

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  • Achieved a declination of charges in multiple criminal tax investigations
  • Prepared Supreme Court brief on behalf of the American College of Tax Counsel in support of the successful petitioner in Marinello v. United States
  • Convinced Court of Appeals to reverse district court’s order denying motion for return of $12 million seized by IRS in criminal tax investigation
  • Defended employees of international bank in connection with a Department of Justice money laundering and tax evasion investigation
  • Represented large accounting firm and several investors in the tax shelter prosecutions brought in the Southern District of New York
  • Guided numerous individuals through successful voluntary disclosures
  • Representing a large accounting firm in multiple conservation easement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice Tax Division
  • Represented the owner of a South American cattle transportation business in criminal tax and money laundering investigation by the US Attorney’s Office in the SD of Florida securing a declination of all charges
  • Represented a large accounting firm in numerous grand jury investigations, including the prosecution of a former partner
  • Represented accounting firms in numerous SEC investigations


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