With more than 35 years’ experience, David Curtin counsels on all aspects of federal tax controversy and litigation matters. Particularly recognized for his work on large cases, David also tries both civil and criminal tax matters. While focused in the tax area, David additionally counsels on non-tax cases in both federal and state courts. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
David also works in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summons matters, including John Doe and designated summonses. He has considerable experience in foreign discovery procedures, including letters rogatory and depositions taken abroad.
Chambers USA notes that David “stands out for his solid advice on the most complex controversy and litigation matters” and is a “superb litigator with a fantastic courtroom presence.” A frequent speaker, David teaches federal tax litigation as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and he previously served as a lecturer on trial practice in both regional and national programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. David also occasionally lectures at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
David began his legal career when he entered the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the US Department of Justice as a trial lawyer in the Department’s Tax Division, where he was awarded the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. He has been in private practice in Washington, DC, since 1979.
While most of his cases are resolved at the administrative level or settled before trial, David has led trial teams in a number of large tax cases. Recent trials are:
TIFD III-E v. United States, 342 F. Supp. 2d 94 (D. Conn. 2004), rev’d and remanded 459 F.3d 220 (2d Cir. 2006) (“Castle Harbour”), on remand, 660 F. Supp 2d 367 (D. Conn. 2009).
Fidelity International Currency Advisor A Fund, L.L.C. v. United States, No. 05-40151 & 06-40130 (D. Mass.); Fidelity High Tech Advisor A Fund, L.L.C. v. United States, Nos. 06-40243 & 06-40244 (D. Mass.) (45-day trial in 2008)
Additional cases he has tried include:
Merrill Lynch v. Comm’r, 120 T.C. 12; (2003), aff’d in part and remanded in part by 386 F.3d 464 (2d Cir. 2004), on remand to 131 T.C. No. 19 (Dec. 30, 2008) (tax)
Trigon Ins. Co. v. United States, 234 F. Supp. 2d 592 (E.D. Va. 2002) (tax)
Long Term Capital Holdings vs. United States, 330 F. Supp. 2d 122 (D. Conn. 2004), aff’d 150 Fed. Appx. 40 (2005) (tax)
Hercules Inc. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., 1998 WL 962089 (Del. Super. 1998) (non-tax jury – 3 ½ months)