Robert Russell has extensive experience providing tax counsel to multinational corporations and individuals for tax planning, consulting and tax controversy purposes. Mr. Russell developed broad experience in government enforcement and tax policy during his tenures at the IRS, the Treasury Department and Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation. His practice areas include international tax controversies, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international financing transactions, IRS whistleblower claims and foreign tax credit and transfer pricing resolutions.
Mr. Russell also advises clients on the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including the effect of implementing regulations and administrative guidance. He has assisted clients in navigating the new international tax provisions of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI), Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) and Foreign-Derived Intangible Income (FDII), as well as corporate conversions and the IRC 199A pass-through provisions.
Before joining Kostelanetz & Fink, Mr. Russell served as a Director of International Tax Controversy with Zerbe, Miller, Fingeret, Frank & Jadav, PC in Washington, D.C., providing counsel on international tax matters for corporations and foreign individuals, and as a Tax Advisory Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.
Mr. Russell also served as visiting counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), where he advised staff on potential tax legislation and arranged materials for congressional hearings related to taxation. In April 2016, he testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee on the international aspects of tax simplification and reform.
From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Russell served with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Tax Policy in the Office of the International Tax Council as a legal fellow, where he worked on joint tax treaty negotiations including the drafting of technical explanations. He also assisted in the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Mr. Russell assisted the Internal Revenue Service from 2007 to 2012 in auditing tax returns for a wide range of international corporations. In this role, he assisted the Department of Justice Tax Division in criminal proceedings with respect to the sale of foreign corporations and has testified on behalf of the U.S. government.
Mr. Russell currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law in International Tax Controversies at Georgetown University Law Center, and as Vice Chair of the International Tax Technical Resource Panel for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Russell was also appointed as Chair of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Section on Taxation for the 2020-2021 committee year.
Mr. Russell holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, he holds a Master of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) with a Certificate in International Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Certificate in Comparative Tax Administration & Tax Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.