Kevin Johnson MS, JD, LL.M, CPA


Baker Hostetler
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, USA

Law Firm - National

Professional Summary

Kevin Johnson focuses on tax controversy and litigation, as well as domestic and international tax planning. He gained valuable experience early in his tax career when he was an IRS Revenue Agent and also worked in the IRS Office of Appeals. This experience has provided expertise to his clients and offers a unique perspective with an insider's understanding of IRS practice and procedure. His many successes have included the following:

Represented a Fortune 100 manufacturer in a matter involving research credits, research and development expenses, foreign tax credits, and capitalization issues. Favorable resolution included changing a proposed tax deficiency in excess of $100 million to a net multi-million dollar refund for the client.

Defended a commodities and option trading company in an IRS jeopardy levy enforcement proceeding, resulting in the IRS removing the levy and releasing all of the client's bank accounts and funds.

Represented an accounting firm in an E-file compliance audit. In addition to proposing substantial preparer penalties, the IRS proposed to suspend the accounting firm from the E-file program for one or more years due to compliance issues. A suspension from the E-filing program would have had a devastating impact on the accounting firm's tax return preparation business and its professional reputation. Negotiated a settlement that substantially reduced the penalties and convinced the IRS not to suspend the accounting firm from the E-file program

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Baker Hostetler
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, USA 19104
Law Firm - National
2016 - Present
Additional Career Successes Include:
Represented a Fortune 100 company on the restructuring of its foreign operations, including contract manufacturing operations.

Assisted in the successful negotiation of a settlement with the IRS Office of Appeals for a large energy company that reduced a $500 million proposed tax liability to less than $3 million.

Trial team member in a case where the taxpayer obtained a Seventh Circuit decision affirming summary judgment in favor of their claim that participation in a Mexican debt-equity swap did not produce short-term capital gain.

Trial team member in a case where a taxpayer obtained full IRS concession in a tax court case involving the question of whether the taxpayer could accrue and deduct costs for cooperative advertising with its retailers before claims were submitted and payments were made.


LLM, Tax 2001
New York University School of Law
New York, New York, United States
Columbia University Law School
New York, New York, United States
Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar
MS, Taxation 1988
Temple University
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States
Graduated 3rd in Class
BA, Accounting 1985
Temple University
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States
Magna Cum Laude

Professional Certifications


Bar Admissions


Washington DC

Court Admissions

  • United States Federal Court of Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations and Societies

  • ABA Tax Section (Former Chair, Administrative Practice Group)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Council (Member of Tax Council )
  • International Tax Review (Worlds Leading Tax Controversy Lawyers)
  • Chambers/Ranked For Tax Controversy
  • Fellow/ American College Of Tax Counsel



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