Most recently, prior to joining K&F, Paul served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Tax Division Civil Trial Section, Western Region, appearing in US District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts throughout the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Prior to his work at the Department of Justice, Paul served for 16 years in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, where he was responsible for providing, supervising, and managing legal advice to IRS audit teams who were examining some of the largest financial services institutions, utility companies, and manufacturers in the Mid-Atlantic. Paul also supervised teams of attorneys conducting litigation in the U.S. Tax Court and other Federal Courts on issues of excise taxes and large corporate bankruptcies, and complex income tax shelters and tax credit schemes. Earlier in his career, he served as an instructor to other government lawyers on foreign trusts and foreign account information gathering.
In addition, Paul was specially assigned to assist in the IRS response to the inquiries of four separate congressional committees and the associated litigation involving alleged improprieties within the determination process employed by the IRS for reviewing the tax exempt applications of politically active entities. During that two-year assignment, he conducted internal investigations, interviewed dozens of congressional witnesses, and coordinated the production of hundreds of thousands of documents responsive to congressional subpoenas.
Paul is a senior member of the J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court at the U.S. Tax Court, served as an instructor and the lead instructor numerous times at the Office of Chief Counsel week-long trial advocacy courses for government attorneys of varying experience levels, and has been a panelist and speaker at various meetings and conferences of the American Bar Association, Tax Section and the Tax Executives Institute.
Mr. Butler earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and his B.B.A. in Finance (minor in Political Science) from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University. He received a Department of Justice Special, Commendation Award for his work on a week-long jury trial, the Office of Chief Counsel A.A. Ballantine Award for National Coordination for combatting tax credit abuse in the U.S. insular territories, as well as numerous Office of Chief Counsel annual performance awards for excellent legal service to the IRS.