Overview

Gene is a tax attorney who advises individual and corporate clients nationwide and internationally on transactional tax matters, tax controversies, and tax compliance. Gene brings a strategic perspective to his clients’ matters, whether they involve tax planning or disputes with the IRS, by drawing on his breadth of experience in the field, including his work in the private sector and Federal government service.

Before joining Schiff Hardin, Gene worked in the Ann Arbor office of a large Detroit firm, where his practice focused on estate planning and tax matters, and earlier as an associate at a Washington, D.C., law firm, where he advised companies on tax planning, international tax compliance, and tax aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions.

Gene clerked for the Honorable David Laro at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., with whom he also co-taught the Business Planning Seminar at the Georgetown University Law Center for two semesters.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2016
      Tax Law Review, Graduate Editor
    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
      University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Contributing Editor
      Certificate of Merit in International Taxation
    • University of Michigan, B.A., Public Policy, 2009, with Distinction
      Phi Beta Kappa
      James B. Angell Scholar

    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Supreme Court
      • U.S. Tax Court

        Clerkships

        • Honorable David Laro, U.S. Tax Court, Law Clerk (2016-2018)

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
        • Washtenaw County Bar Association

        Languages Spoken & Fluency

        • Russian, Natively Fluent
      • Insights

        Publications

        • “Classifying Federal Taxes for Constitutional Purposes,” 45 U. Balt. L. Rev. 57 (2015)
        • “The U.S. Federal Taxation of Bitcoins and Other Convertible Virtual Currencies,” (co-author) Inside Basis (Summer 2014), reprinted in The Computer & Internet Lawyer (Apr. 2015)
        • “Is a Broadly Based Mark-to-Market Tax Unconstitutional?” 143 Tax Notes 952 (2014)
        • “A 360-Degree Look at Secondment Tax Issues: China, United States, and Germany,” (co-author) The Federal Lawyer (Sep. 2013) 

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Sales Taxation in the Post-Wayfair World and Modernizing State Sales Tax Systems After Wayfair,” (panelist) COST Mid-West Regional State Tax Seminar, Dearborn, Mich. (Aug. 22, 2018)
        • “A Defense of Citizenship Taxation,” (presenter) Citizenship & Taxation Symposium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Oct. 8-9, 2015)
        • “Bitcoins, Bitcoins, Everywhere! How New IRS Rules Impact Bitcoin Users,” (co-presenter) Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Tax Practice & Procedure Monthly Roundtable (Apr. 28, 2014)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        • Pro Bono Panel, Accounting Aid Society Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Member