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Usman Mohammad

Usman Mohammad

Usman Mohammad



New York City
T: 212.808.8100
F: 212.808.8108

Usman Mohammad is an experienced tax controversy attorney and litigator whose practice includes civil and criminal tax controversies and commercial litigation. Mr. Mohammad has litigated cases in a variety of forums, including New York State Court, federal district courts, U.S. Tax Court, and AAA and private party arbitrations. Mr. Mohammad has extensive experience with foreign asset reporting issues, whistleblower matters, and IRS collection cases.

Mr. Mohammad’s tax controversy practice includes resolving foreign asset reporting issues including through offshore voluntary disclosures, streamline filings, delinquent information return filings, and qualified amended return filings, and resolving foreign information return penalties for the late filing of forms relating to assets such as foreign trusts.  Mr. Mohammad’s practice also includes IRS collection matters, including negotiating offers in compromise and installment agreements for individual and corporate clients.  Mr. Mohammad also has extensive experience in resolving household employment tax issues for individuals with household employees such as nannies and housekeepers. 

 Mr. Mohammad’s whistleblower practice includes cases brought pursuant to the IRS whistleblower statute, 26 U.S.C. 7623, and the NYS False Claims Act.  Mr. Mohammad’s whistleblower cases have involved claims against oil and gas companies, banks, technology companies, insurance companies, and construction companies among others.

 Mr. Mohammad’s criminal practice has involved defending clients in federal and state criminal matters involving issues such as tax shelters, payroll tax, check cashing, structuring cash deposits, filing false returns, and failing to file tax returns.

 In his civil practice, Mr. Mohammad has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial matters, including tax whistleblower cases, government procurement matters and commercial litigations involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, civil fraud and similar claims.

 Mr. Mohammad received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995, and graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif (top 10 percent) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998.  He was the Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review from 1996 to 1997 and an Executive Editor from 1997 to 1998.  Mr. Mohammad joined Kostelanetz LLP, in 2000.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Political Science & Philosphy (1995), Graduated with Distinction

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1998), cum laude, Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review, 1996-1997

U.S. Tax Court, 2010

U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York, 2001

U.S.D.C. Eastern District of New York, 2001

State of Virginia, 2000

New York State, 2000

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  • Panelist, “Doing Deals in a Rapidly Changing Tax Environment,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 2010