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 the leader of Burr’s tax practice team, and 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 and advised U.S. and international clients in the negotiation and finalization of economic development incentives for projects involving over $3 billion in capital investment and thousands of jobs in the Southeast. Erik regularly advises Burr’s international clients in economic development, taxation, trade and commerce, and cross border issues.
In his tax controversy practice, Erik has represented clients for nearly 30 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 Appeal, 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.
Erik is a frequent speaker on tax and business law topics before bar and CPA/accounting associations, trade groups, and business organizations.