litigation and controversies


We represent more major insurance companies in federal tax litigation and administrative controversies than any other law firm. This includes all segments of the insurance industry, including life, health, and property and casualty insurance companies. We handle tax litigation matters for our insurance industry clients in all federal courts having tax jurisdiction. Additionally, we are known for our representation of clients throughout the U.S. at all phases of tax audits before the Examination and Appeals functions of the IRS. We also represent clients in alternative dispute resolution and tax indemnity disputes. Our attorneys serve as expert witnesses on insurance tax matters in state and federal proceedings.

Our firm's involvement in many tax controversy matters, includes the following topics:

  • Computation of tax reserves
  • COLI and other insurance products
  • Financial products, hedges, straddles
  • Reinsurance excise tax
  • Reinsurance
  • Dividends received deduction
  • Treatment of intangibles
  • Deferred acquisition costs
  • Research and development credit
  • Insurance-in-force valuation
  • Administrative summonses
  • Tax-exempt status
  • Consolidated returns
  • Foreign tax credits
  • Restricted interest
  • Interest Netting

We have also been engaged to represent coalitions or trade associations in test case litigation.

  • Represented Capital Blue Cross in an industry test case regarding the valuation and tax treatment of intangibles in the transition of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to taxable status.
  • Retained by the American Council of Life Insurers to prepare a Tax Court amicus brief in Trans City the first major case testing the scope and application of I.R.C. § 845 to reinsurance transactions.
  • Retained jointly by Western National Mutual Insurance Company and the American Insurance Association to litigate a significant industry–wide issue concerning the tax treatment by property–casualty insurance companies of discounted unpaid losses.
  • Filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in Atlantic Mutual, which dealt with the validity of the IRS’s regulations on the treatment of discounted unpaid loss reserves.
  • Filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in United Parcel Service of America, Inc. on behalf of the Alliance of American Insurers that helped persuade the Court of Appeals to reverse the U.S. Tax Court’s holding that the establishment of an off-shore reinsurance company was without economic substance.