Burr & Forman

Erik P. Doerring

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  • LL.M., New York University (1993)
  • J.D., University of South Carolina (1985)
  • B.A., Michigan State University (1981)

South Carolina

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California

  • Member, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association
  • Member, Columbia Tax Study Group, South Carolina Bar
  • Named, Top Tax Author, JD Supra (2018-2020)
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2021): Tax Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Economic Development Law
  • Named, Benchmark Litigation, Distinguished Litigation Practitioners, Future Star (2021)
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Named, Legal Elite of the Midlands, Columbia Business Monthly (2013, 2015)
  • Listed, South Carolina Super Lawyers, Tax (2008-2010)
  • Member, American Economic Development Council
  • Member, Southern Industrial Council
  • Member, South Carolina Economic Developers Association
  • Member, Central SC Alliance
  • Member, Committee of 100 Director (2017-2020)
  • Member, Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina, Inc.
    • Economic Development
    • $130 million automotive systems and industrial components supplier expansion
    • $500 million/$350 Million co-generation power plants
    • $50 million automotive steel processing facility
    • $200 million expansion of polymers manufacturing facility
    • Multiple expansions involving over $120 million in combined investment for fiber-optic cable development and manufacturing plants
    • $200 million expansions of automotive bearing manufacturer
    • $50 million expansion of aerosol system manufacturing facility and relocation of North American headquarters
    • $100 million expansion of pulp paper mill facilities.
    • Tax Controversy
    • Represents clients in Internal Revenue Service Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs involving unreported foreign bank accounts
    • Represented client in successful settlement of contested IRS Tax Court proceedings involving client's assertion of bona fide residency in the United Stated Virgins Islands and resisting IRS efforts to tax the client's income in the United States.
    • Represents clients in IRS and state department of revenue audits, appeals and litigation involving the defense of conservation, facade and historical preservation easements
    • Represented multiple related clients in IRS transferee liability investigation and resulting United States Tax Court litigation and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals defense. The Tax Court victory for the clients and subsequent successful Court of Appeals defense became national precedent for the issues presented in the cases
    • Represented nationally certified public accounting firm tax professionals in successfully defending efforts by the South Carolina Department of Revenue to revoke administrative licenses to practice
    • Served as counsel in IRS audit, appeal and resulting United States Tax Court litigation involving $50 million income tax deficiency asserted against a United States multinational corporation and foreign affiliates, with over 250 separate adjustments and issues, including transfer-pricing, treaty-based competent authority proceedings, inventory valuation, and officer compensation
    • Represented hundreds of individuals and businesses in IRS and State tax collection matters, including offers in compromise, installment agreements, tax liens releases/discharges, trust fund investigations, and bankruptcy/tax advice
    • Corporate/International
    • Served as counsel for United States affiliate of German multinational heavy truck component manufacturer, with multiple foreign subsidiaries in Brazil, Germany and the Caribbean
    • Advised client in planning and establishment of foreign-based payroll and employment affiliate for United States multinational corporation
    • Represents foreign-financed high-tech companies in private placement investments
    • Served as counsel in multiple organizations, property acquisitions, financing and syndication of low income tax housing partnerships
    • Served as counsel in $46 million venture capital investment in logistics and supply business

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Erik is a business lawyer, with the skills of a tax litigator. Prior to joining the firm, Erik was an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

Erik regularly advises the firm’s individual, corporate and international business clients on federal, state and local tax issues. Erik is also the leader of Burr’s PPP and Cares Act Audit, Investigations and Defense Team.

Erik’s business and corporate practice is diverse, from start-up and formation, legal and regulatory issues during operations (including financing and equity capitalization), to mergers and acquisitions. He represents a wide range of clients, including venture capital-funded manufacturing businesses, multinational aerospace suppliers, foreign-funded high-tech companies, and syndicated low-income housing tax credit developments.

In the economic development area, Erik has represented U.S. and international clients in the negotiation and finalization of economic development incentives for projects involving over $2.5 billion in capital investment and thousands of jobs in the Southeast. Erik regularly advises international clients in economic development, taxation, trade and commerce.

In his tax controversy practice, Erik has represented clients for over 25 years before the IRS, state departments of revenue, and local property tax assessors and boards, in tax audits, appeals, disputed refunds, and tax collection matters, including bankruptcy cases and criminal tax investigations. Erik represents tax clients in United States Tax Court, United States District Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, Courts of Appeals, and before state Administrative Law Courts and administrative hearing officers.

Erik has also been appointed as a mediator in federal tax cases between the IRS/United States Department of Justice and private litigants, and has also have been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in tax cases.

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2020