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About Kostelanetz & Fink

“A firm of extraordinary quality” – The Legal 500

“An expert tax boutique” – Chambers USA

Over the past 75 years, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, has built a global reputation as the law firm of choice for clients facing high-stakes controversies and negotiations with government agencies. K&F attorneys have unparalleled experience in tax controversies and white-collar criminal defense and are regularly called upon to handle the most challenging and sensitive cases and internal investigations. An important part of the firm’s practice includes tax and estate planning, commercial litigation, government procurement, and government contracting.

K&F’s attorneys are highly skilled and approach each matter strategically based on decades of administrative and litigation experience. Many of K&F’s attorneys have served as former senior officials within the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state prosecutors’ offices. Several of the firm’s attorneys have served as federal judicial law clerks and/or have master’s degrees in taxation.

K&F’s attorneys are thought leaders who write and teach frequently. Several K&F partners lecture at top law schools and are often hired as expert witnesses or consultants. K&F literally wrote the book on civil and criminal tax controversies, which has been recognized by courts, government officials, and members of the private bar as the most authoritative text on the subject (Tax Controversies: Audits, Investigations, Trials, Lexis/Nexis, 39th Ed. 2020).

K&F has been honored and recognized by major national and international legal rankings agencies, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

In 2018, the firm was honored as Tax Team of the Year by Chambers USA, which has noted that K&F is “an expert tax boutique.” Five of the firm’s attorneys are ranked by Chambers USA in the categories of Tax (nationally and regionally), Tax: Fraud (nationally), and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York).

In 2020, The Legal 500 also recognized the firm in the category of US Taxes: Contentious, noting that K&F is a “firm of extraordinary quality that can ably handle civil and criminal tax matters at the federal and state level.”

K&F attorneys have been recognized in the Best Lawyers™ 2020 edition in the categories of Tax Law, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Criminal Defense – White-Collar, and Commercial Litigation. Overall, the firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in three categories: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Tax Law, and Litigation – Tax. Super Lawyers recognized K&F attorneys in 2020 in the areas of Tax, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Business Litigation.

K&F’s individual and institutional clients have immediate access to partners and most senior attorneys. The firm focuses on providing value to its clients and is sensitive to the balance between cost and benefit inherent in every legal assignment. As a result, the firm has the depth and flexibility to add attorney strength as the needs of the client or matter demand.