Overview

Gene is a tax attorney who advises individual and corporate clients nationwide and internationally on transactional tax matters, tax controversies, and tax compliance. Gene brings a strategic perspective to his clients’ matters, whether they involve tax planning or disputes with the IRS, by drawing on his breadth of experience in the field, including his work in the private sector and Federal government service.

Before joining Schiff Hardin, Gene worked in the Ann Arbor office of a large Detroit firm, where his practice focused on estate planning and tax matters, and earlier as an associate at a Washington, D.C., law firm, where he advised companies on tax planning, international tax compliance, and tax aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions.

Gene clerked for the Honorable David Laro at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., with whom he also co-taught the Business Planning Seminar at the Georgetown University Law Center for two semesters.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2016
      Tax Law Review, Graduate Editor
    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
      University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Contributing Editor
      Certificate of Merit in International Taxation
    • University of Michigan, B.A., Public Policy, 2009, with Distinction
      Phi Beta Kappa
      James B. Angell Scholar

    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Supreme Court
      • U.S. Tax Court

        Clerkships

        • Honorable David Laro, U.S. Tax Court, Law Clerk (2016-2018)

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

        Languages Spoken & Fluency

        • Russian, Natively Fluent
      • Insights

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        Blog Post

        Illinois Sets Course for EV Manufacturing in Illinois

        Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Joins the Japan America Society

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce it has joined the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the ties of friendship between the Japanese, American, and Canadian people in the Greater Detroit and Windsor area.

        News Release

        Schiff Guides Good Works Acquisition Corp. in its $2.5 Billion Merger with Cipher Mining Inc.

        Schiff Hardin LLP represented Good Works Acquisition Corp. in its de-SPACing business combination with Cipher Mining Technologies Inc.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Recognized for Pro Bono Commitment in Michigan

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the 2021 “A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll” by the Justice Initiatives Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

        News Release

        Schiff Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 51 attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022.

        News Release

        Schiff Advises Paramit Corporation in $1B Acquisition by The Tecan Group

        Altaris Capital Partners, LLC has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Paramit Corporation to The Tecan Group for $1 billion.

        News Release

        Schiff Advises Houston Wire & Cable Company in $91M Acquisition by OmniCable

        Schiff Hardin represented Houston Wire & Cable Company (HWCC) in its agreement to be acquired by OmniCable, LLC for $91 million. HWCC is one of the largest distributors of wire, cable, and fastener products in the U.S. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.

        Alert

        Michigan Legislature Passes Bills Exempting Certain PPE from Sales and Use Tax

        On June 8, the Michigan legislature, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, passed two bills providing for exemptions from the state’s sales and use tax for certain personal protective equipment and supplies (PPES).

        Alert

        Business Tax Changes in the Illinois 2022 Budget

        On June 1, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed S.B. 2017, implementing the State of Illinois budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign. The bill includes several material changes to Illinois state taxes affecting many businesses.

        Alert

        ARPA Payroll Tax Credits Include Leave Taken by Employees to Receive or Recover from COVID-19 Vaccinations

        The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) allows employers with fewer than 500 employees to claim refundable tax credits to offset the cost of providing COVID-19-related paid sick and family leave to employees, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

        Other Publications

        • “Classifying Federal Taxes for Constitutional Purposes,” 45 U. Balt. L. Rev. 57 (2015)
        • “The U.S. Federal Taxation of Bitcoins and Other Convertible Virtual Currencies,” (co-author) Inside Basis (Summer 2014), reprinted in The Computer & Internet Lawyer (Apr. 2015)
        • “Is a Broadly Based Mark-to-Market Tax Unconstitutional?” 143 Tax Notes 952 (2014)
        • “A 360-Degree Look at Secondment Tax Issues: China, United States, and Germany,” (co-author) The Federal Lawyer (Sep. 2013) 

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Paycheck Protection Program Loans: The Latest Insights,” (presenter) Advanced Topics in Flow-Through Taxation Conference, Illinois CPA Society, Webinar (Dec. 9, 2020)
        • “Sales Taxation in the Post-Wayfair World and Modernizing State Sales Tax Systems After Wayfair,” (panelist) COST Mid-West Regional State Tax Seminar, Dearborn, Mich. (Aug. 22, 2018)
        • “A Defense of Citizenship Taxation,” (presenter) Citizenship & Taxation Symposium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Oct. 8-9, 2015)
        • “Bitcoins, Bitcoins, Everywhere! How New IRS Rules Impact Bitcoin Users,” (co-presenter) Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Tax Practice & Procedure Monthly Roundtable (Apr. 28, 2014)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        • Accounting Aid Society Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Pro Bono Panel, Member
        • State Bar of Michigan Tax Pro Bono Referral Panel Program, Member
        • The University of Michigan Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, IRS Virtual Settlement Days, Volunteer Attorney, Detroit (May 2020)
      • Awards & Honors

        • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers (2021-2022)