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Firm News

The latest news from and about the firm.

  • March 2013

    • Josh O. Ungerman was quoted in a March 7, 2013 article on Reuters.com, "U.S. IRS boots Israeli bank clients from amnesty program-lawyers," by Patrick Temple-West and Kim Dixon.  Article quotes:  "This is a very disturbing development," said Josh Ungerman, a partner with law firm Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. who represents clients in the amnesty process.  "The formal voluntary disclosure program is in danger of becoming extinct through non-use." he said.  Link to article.

  • December 2012

  • September 2012

    The firm congratulates William R. (Trey) Cousins III, Robert Don Collier, Todd A. Kraft, and Kathryn W. Lyles on the taxpayer victory in Keller, et al. v. United States, No. 10-41311 (5th Cir. Sept. 25, 2012), an estate tax refund case decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • May 2012

    Five Firm Attorneys -  Charles M. Meadows, Jr., Robert Don Collier,  William R. Cousins III, Joel N. Crouch and Josh O. Ungerman named "Best Lawyers" 2012 by D Magazine, May 2012 issue.  D Magazine recognition.

  • March 2012

    Michael A. Villa, Jr. has been named to the Texas Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas for 2012.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.  This selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.  The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. 

  • December 2011

    Charles M. Meadows, Jr., Robert Don Collier and William R. Cousins III were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012® (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.).  Meadows in the field of Criminal Defense: White Collar and Collier and Cousins in the field of Litigation & Cotroversy - Tax.

  • August 2011

    Josh O. Ungerman was quoted in the BNA Daily Tax Report on August 15, 2011 in the article, "Taxpayers Fear Disclosing Offshore Assets As Deadline Approaches, Practitioners Say."  Article Quotes:

    'Ungerman Says IRS 'Missing the Boat.  Pursuing these taxpayers may not reap great monetary returns for the U.S. government, said Josh O. Ungerman of Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman LLP to BNA on Aug. 3.  IRS is "missing the boat" in imposing a 25 percent penalty in these cases, Ungerman said. The reality for those people is that it would be nice to have them in compliance in their country of residence.  Most practitioners who do a lot of this type of work have clients who are saying they're just not going to participate."

    "The IRS has moved beyond Europe into the Far East and south of the United States as well," Ungerman said, noting that banking giant HSBC as well as Credit Suisse are now cooperating with U.S. tax authorities.  Yet, he said, many U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts at banks with branches in the United States still refuse to consider the IRS's voluntary disclosure program.  Those taxpayers, he said, face "almost certain disclosure to the IRS." Failure to come forward is 'the ultimate in ostrich behavior," he said.  Ungerman noted that taxpayers who banked at HSBC and other banks that have been "breached," such as UBS and Credit Suisse, are signing up for the OVDI. However, he said, "Many taxpayers with so much at risk, in countries with financial institutions that have not been publicly identified, are staying on the sidelines."  Ungerman said that willfully noncompliant taxpayers should come forward as soon as possible."

  • August 2011

    Joel N. Crouch on behalf of the State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation participated in drafting and submitting comments concerning IRS Notice 2011-62, the proposed Revenue Procedure relating to communication between IRS Appeals and other IRS functions.  Read the comments on proposed Revenue Procedure, Notice 2011-62.

  • May 2011

    • The firm congratulates partner, Michael E. McCue for winning one of the top Texas Verdicts of 2010 as published in Verdict Search's Top TX Verdicts of 2010.  The case, National Health Administrators, Inc. vs. Life Investors Insurance Company of America, ranked number 4 in Contract Cases in Verdict Search's Top Texas Verdicts of 2010.  Firm ad as appeared in Verdict Search's Top TX Verdicts of 2010. 
           
  • February 2011

    • On February 9, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of a Meadows Collier client, holding that the IRS cannot invoke a six-year statute of limitations for assessing additional income tax, under Section 6501 of the Internal Revenue Code, solely on the grounds that basis on the sale of an asset was overstated.  Joel N. Crouch, J.D. and David E. Colmenero, J.D., LL.M., CPA represented the taxpayers before the Fifth Circuit.  Read the opinion.
       
  • January 2011

  • November 2010

  • November 2009

    IRS BUSTS SWISS BANK SECRECY WIDE OPEN--read the article published in the Dallas Business Journal, Comment section, November 20-26, 2009
    by Josh O. Ungerman, J.D., CPARead the article.

  • August 2009

    Taxpayer Victory in Family Limited Partnershp case - Keller v. United States
    Read the opinion

  • August 2009

    • The U.S. Court of Federal Claims July 30 ruled in favor of a Meadows Collier client that a retroactive Treasury regulation requiring reduction of a partner's outside basis for contingent obligations transferred to a partnership is invalid, because it does not satisfy any of the exceptions to the statutory bar on retroactive application of regulations under tax code Section 7805(b).  Read the opinion
       
  • August 2009

    Josh O. Ungerman is quoted in an article, 'Swiss Agree to Expedite Processing of 4,450 UBS Accounts Under Treaty Request"  by David D. Stewart on taxanalysts.com.

  • July 2009

    4 Firm Attorneys - Meadows, CousinsDavis and Ungerman have been named to D Magazine's 2009 Best Business Lawyers in Dallas published in the July 2009 issue.

  • June 2009

    •  Josh O. Ungerman is quoted in an article, 'Billionaire Tax Felon Says UBS Lied in Pledge to Report to IRS" by David Voreacos on bloomberg.com.  
       
  • May 2009

    On Thursday, May 28. 2009, the Fort Worth Chapter/TSCPA honored the firm with the Meritorious Service Award to the Accounting Profession for 25 years of support to the Fort Worth CPA Tax Institute. Trey Cousins received the award on behalf of the firm.

  • May 2009

    Charles M. Meadows, Jr. has received the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award from the American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties at the May 2009 meeting.  This prestigious award recognizes Mr. Meadows's "outstanding dedication, achievements and integrity in the field of Civil and Criminal Tax Controversies."

  • May 2009

    2 Firm attorneys will be listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition to be published in September 2009--Meadows and Blau.  They will be listed in the Criminal Defense: White Collar practice area.

  • March 2009

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (MARCH 2009) - "Texans Cleared in $300 Million Tax Fraud Case in Virgin Islands."  Charles M. Meadows, Jr. and Josh O. Ungerman were on the defense team of what is believed to be the largest such case ever tried in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Read Press Release
       
  • March 2009

    David E. Colmenero, Anthony P. Daddino and Sarah Q. Wirskye were selected for inclusion on the Texas Rising Stars list featuring the top young attorneys in the state of Texas appearing in a special advertising section in the April 2009 issue of TEXAS MONTHLY and in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star Edition.  Colmenero and Daddino will be listed in the Tax practice area and Wirskye will be listed in the Criminal Defense: White Collar practice area.

  • February 2009

    5 Firm attorneys will be listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition to be published in July 2009--Collier, Cousins, Crouch, Pulman and Ungerman.  They will be listed in the Tax practice area.

  • November 2008

    • Josh O. Ungerman is quoted in an article, 'Uptick in Tax Evasion Disclosures Mean More Bank Investigations, Says Attorneys" by Matt Squire on moneylaundering.com.
       
  • September 2008

    6 Firm attorneys named 2008 Texas Super Lawyers-Meadows, Collier, Cousins, Pulman, Crouch and Ungerman. Meadows named one of the Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers and Top 100 for the Dallas/Fort Worth region.

  • June 2008

    Charles M. Meadows, Jr. and Josh O. Ungerman were named “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine in June 2008. Mr. Meadows was named for White Collar Defense and Mr. Ungerman was named for Tax.

  • June 2008

    David Colmenero received The Chairman's Citation at the TSCPA Annual Meeting in June 2008 for his extraordinary volunteer service and contribution to cooperation between the legal and accounting profession through his efforts with the TSCPA State Tax Committee, State Bar of Texas State Tax Committee and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts on the response to the Texas Comptroller's rules implementing the new margin tax.

  • June 2008

    David E. Colmenero has been elected a member of the 2008-09 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors.

  • May 2008

    Michael E. McCue has been elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

  • March 2008

    William R. Cousins, III has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Professional Development Institute, University of North Texas

  • January 2008

    Stephen A. Beck has joined the Dallas Bar Association Community Involvement Committee.

  • October 2007

    Mary E. Wood has joined the Young Friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

  • October 2006

    Josh O. Ungerman has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

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