Kostelanetz & Fink LLP

Tax: Controversy Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as an expert tax boutique with significant strength in criminal proceedings. Also noted for its experience in civil fraud matters. Supports a variety of clients including high net worth individuals and major corporates.

Strengths One client asserts: "They're tax specialists who not only have a deep and thorough understanding of the tax code, but also how the IRS or DOJ are going to approach it," also praising the team's "academic and real-world understanding."

A further source considers them "one of the top tax boutiques in the country," saying: "The quality of their work is extraordinary; they have a deep bench and a stellar reputation."

Another interviewee adds: "There's no better group of people to handle tax controversy matters - they're very effective and personable."

Work highlights Represented Paul Manafort in the defense of charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and lobbying without registering under FARA.

Notable practitioners


Bryan Skarlatos
is "at the very top of the profession," according to one source, who notes: "He's extraordinarily bright and diligent and comes up with innovative and thoughtful ways for clients to accomplish their goals." He draws widespread acclaim for his work defending both companies and individuals facing a wide variety of complex criminal tax allegations.

Market commentators consider
Caroline Ciraolo
"an outstanding advocate at the forefront of the profession" and "one of the most prominent tax fraud practitioners of her generation." She offers impressive governmental experience and is recognized for her adept representation of clients in high-profile criminal tax cases.


Jay Nanavati
offers notable experience defending clients in all stages of criminal tax proceedings. A commentator states: "He's practical, doesn't get lost in the weeds and has a lot of hands-on trial experience."


Robert Fink
comes recommended by market sources as "one of the premier practitioners in this space" and a "brilliant, tenacious and creative trial lawyer." He is frequently called upon to defend individuals facing major allegations of tax fraud.