Prominent Tax Attorney Thomas D. Sykes Joins Greenberg Traurig

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The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP announced today that Thomas D. Sykes has joined its Chicago office as a Shareholder in the Tax Practice.

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Tom’s background gives him the ability and credibility to represent clients before the IRS and the Department of Justice. Also, his rich experience gives him perspectives that allow clients to look at a dispute and quickly decide how to best proceed

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP announced today that Thomas D. Sykes has joined its Chicago office as a Shareholder in the Tax Practice. He comes to Greenberg Traurig from McDermott, Will & Emery LLP where he was a Partner.

Sykes has focused his practice on tax controversies, including tax litigation in all forums, for more than 25 years. He represents some of the United States’ most successful and well-known individuals, for-profit corporations and tax-exempt organizations. He has litigated civil and criminal tax issues in trial and appellate courts in approximately 25 federal jurisdictions nationwide.

In recent years, Sykes has been at the forefront of the litigation over FICA tax paid on stipends provided to medical residents which recently led to a global concession of the issue by the IRS. He was lead counsel in landmark litigation for a prominent teaching hospital in the U.S. District Court and subsequently in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Previously, Sykes spent almost 14 years with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division in Washington, D.C., where he litigated or directly supervised the litigation of approximately 175 tax cases in the Court of Federal Claims, in U.S. District Courts and in a U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a four-time recipient of Outstanding Attorney awards from the Tax Division.

“Tom’s background gives him the ability and credibility to represent clients before the IRS and the Department of Justice. Also, his rich experience gives him perspectives that allow clients to look at a dispute and quickly decide how to best proceed,” said Keith J. Shapiro, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Chicago office.

Greenberg Traurig's Tax Practice, with more than 125 attorneys, has been an integral part of the firm since its founding in 1967. The attorneys in the practice help clients in a wide range of industries.

Greenberg Traurig LLP has approximately 1775 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The firm has more U.S. offices than any other among the Top 20 on The National Law Journal’s 2009 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

Contact:    Beth McCarron
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