Ellen has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on federal tax matters for businesses, primarily tax accounting concerns, accounting method considerations, and compliance and reporting issues. She regularly counsels clients on the proper tax treatment of costs associated with tangible property (including the treatment of repair costs), intangible property (including acquisition costs and recovery) and corporate transaction costs.

Ellen regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including representation at the IRS National Office with private letter rulings and technical advice. She also represents a number of clients in controversy matters before the Examination and Appeals divisions, including matters involving Pre-Filing Agreements, Fast Track Appeals and the Compliance Audit Program.

Prior to entering private practice, Ellen led the transaction cost review practice for a Big Four accounting firm, where she worked on accounting methods and inventory matters for Fortune 500 companies. She also worked for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel where, over an eight-year government career, she developed and drafted legislative and regulatory proposals, supervised congressional investigations and administered Government Accountability Office audits involving the IRS.

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Ellen taught courses in tax accounting for several years. She frequently speaks before Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and federal and state bar groups on topics such as capitalization, inventory and accounting methods, and tax developments affecting health care organizations.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of U.S. taxes: non-contentious (2016)

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Income Tax & Accounting Chair, Federal Bar Association, Section on Taxation Tax Law Conference
Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
Past Chair, American Bar Association, Tax Accounting Committee
Past Chair, American Bar Association, Capitalization Sub Committee

Practices / Industries
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, General Editor, Law Review
  • B.B.A., Emory University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado

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