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Thomas D. Sykes

Thomas D. Sykes

A Senior, Heavily Lauded, Coast-to-Coast Federal Tax-Dispute Lawyer
  • Tax Law, Appeals & Appellate, Gov & Administrative Law ...
  • District of Columbia, Illinois, Wisconsin
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Biography

National stature, practicing in Redmond, WA. One of the nation's premier federal tax litigators. Senior tax-dispute lawyer, practicing federal tax law since 1982. Formerly represented the IRS in court while with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, in DC; formerly a federal prosecutor; formerly a partner with a DC tax boutique and two ultra-large law firms in Chicago. Has litigated perhaps three or four billion dollars worth of federal tax cases; led the successful effort to recover about two billion dollars for the nation's teaching hospitals. Successfully persuaded DOJ and IRS to fully concede a $15 million bet-the-company tax case in federal court in the Southeast. First-chaired matters before IRS Exam, IRS Appeals, the Treasury Department, federal trial courts, and federal appellate courts. Extensively published. Moved to Seattle area in 2019, following spouse's career. Practices federal tax law nationwide, and state tax law in Wisconsin, Illinois, and DC.

Practice Areas
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Legislative & Government Affairs
    Intellectual Property
    Municipal Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Filings with FinCEN, U.S. Treasury
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial consultation, up to one hour.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Very detailed firm website allows potential clients to drill down. Not boilerplate.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Wisconsin
Wisconsin Court System
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2nd Circuit
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6th Circuit
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7th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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11th Circuit
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Court of Federal Claims
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S. Tax Court
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Professional Experience
United States Department of Justice, 1982-1998
Current
Partner, DC Tax Boutique, 1998-2002
Current
Partner, Chicago Office of International Law Firm, 2002-2010.
Current
Partner, Chicago Office of International Law Firm, 2010-2013.
Current
Partner, Chicago Law Firm, 2013-2015.
Current
Law Offices of Thomas D. Sykes PLLC
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Founded own law firm to pursue $600mm class action against IRS, seeking additional statutory interest for 300 of the nation's teaching hospitals.
Education
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
J.D. (1979) | Law
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Honors: Author of Note published at 41 Ohio St. L. J. 211 (1980)
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law Logo
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
B.A. (1976) | History, Philosphy
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Honors: Magna cum laude
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Awards
Top 100 High Stakes Litigator for Illinois
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
Award made to fewer than one-half of one percent of litigators. Non-compensatory selection.
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Voted Top Five Percent by peers for 13 years, including in 2021.
Outstanding Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Received this award in 1986, 1988, 1991, and 1998.
Illinois Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyers of Illinois
Top five percent as selected by peers. Non-compensated.
Rated 10 out of 10.
AVVO
Professional Associations
Illinois Bar
Member
- Current
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DC Bar
Member
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Wisconsin State Bar
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Many -- see law firm's website at www.sykestaxlaw.com
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices of Thomas D. Sykes PLLC
Contact & Map
Law Offices of Thomas D. Sykes PLLC
16625 REDMOND WAY STE M PMB 151
Redmond, WA 98052
Cell: (847) 651-7881
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed