Mel E. Myers is an experienced tax, real estate and finance attorney who leads the Firm’s tax controversy and transactional tax teams.
Mel’s tax controversy practice focuses on defending corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies during IRS audits. He has successfully resolved tax cases at the examination level and administrative appeals, and tried cases in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, saving his clients millions of dollars by coming to resolutions and settlements that required subtle navigation of the tax code.
Prior to joining the firm, Mel worked in the tax group of a prestigious Wall Street law firm nationally recognized for its real estate practice. In addition, he worked as a tax associate in the New York City tax department of an international Big Four accounting firm, as well as an assistant general counsel in the Washington, DC headquarters of the Federal Government agency responsible for managing, acquiring and disposing of all of the Government’s real estate assets. In these roles, Mr. Myers developed a sophisticated tax and real estate expertise that includes advising private equity funds, corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships on matters ranging from acquisitions, recapitalizations, dispositions, reorganizations, mergers and terminations to partnership and company formation, complex commercial real estate loans, and share and asset purchase agreements.
Mel’s professional career began in real estate at a large Fortune 500 real estate services company. Over the years, he has built upon his broad real estate knowledge and expertise by advising on and handling construction contracts, long-term leases and development agreements as well as other types of real property transactions.
As part of the Firm’s real estate and finance practice, Mel represents investors, banks, syndicators, yield guarantors, lenders, real estate developers and community development entities. His experience includes partnership taxation, complex deal structuring, bond and other financing, business negotiations, financial/tax planning, guaranties, rental subsidies, secondary market offerings, portfolio sales, workouts, restructurings, dispositions and community revitalization projects. Mel counsels on federal and state requirements for low-income housing, historic rehabilitation, new markets and energy tax credits. He also works with charities, foundations, hospitals, universities and associations.
Mel is an accomplished public speaker and has presented on a variety of tax topics, ranging from transfer pricing to state taxation of oil and gas pipeline networks. He has been a guest speaker at the American Bar Association Tax Section, as well as at state bar association tax section events.
Mel’s recent experience includes:
Tax Controversy & Audit Defense
Federal & State Tax Advisory
Real Estate & Structured Finance