Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney

IRS audits, civil tax litigation, and white-collar criminal defense
  • Tax Law, White Collar Crime
  • New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Kevin Sweeney is a former federal tax prosecutor with over a decade of experience. His practice focuses on high-stakes IRS audits, tax litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters, and corporate investigations for entities and individuals all over the world. Kevin’s experience and longstanding connections enable him to anticipate government action, expertly navigate clients through difficult situations, and deliver arguments that resonate with judges, juries, prosecutors, and IRS employees.

Practice Areas
  • Tax Law
  • White Collar Crime
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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New York
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Pennsylvania
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
Senior Counsel
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
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Kevin represents clients in IRS audits and civil tax litigation before the United States Tax Court, District Courts, and Court of Federal Claims. His skill set is especially suited for sensitive audits and litigation where penalty, fraud, or criminal issues could arise. Kevin has investigated and litigated tax issues concerning FBARs, captive insurance, employment tax, mark-to-market elections, like-kind exchanges, and tax shelters. Kevin is a seasoned white-collar criminal defense attorney. He has investigated and litigated dozens of federal white-collar criminal cases in United States District Courts throughout the country including tax evasion, tax preparer, employment tax, FBAR, money laundering, currency structuring, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other financial fraud matters. Cases Kevin has litigated have been covered by Fortune, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times. Kevin has a deep understanding of offshore banking. As the first Department of Justice Swiss Bank Program attorney in private practice, he is uniquely positioned to counsel financial institutions, asset managers, professional services firms, and executives on U.S. regulatory and enforcement issues and to represent U.S. citizens and residents with foreign bank accounts in criminal investigations, audits, voluntary disclosures, streamline filings, and IRS tax compliance matters.
Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
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Kevin led several of the Department of Justice's most successful criminal tax cases including offshore banking cases against the ninth largest bank in Switzerland (BSI SA), the Swiss bank used by the "Wolf of Wall Street" (Union Bancaire Privée SA), and one of the most renowned international private banks in the world (Edmond de Rothschild SA), which collectively paid over $440 million in penalties. He investigated and negotiated the first, second, and ninth largest criminal tax settlements pursuant to the Department's Swiss Bank Program (SBP). As a SBP attorney, Kevin investigated, reviewed, and assessed bank employee misconduct, internal controls, risk assessments, FATCA compliance, and AML procedures. He also identified, investigated, recommended for IRS audit, and criminally prosecuted U.S. foreign bank account holders and facilitators such as bankers, attorneys, and asset managers. In addition to his position as a Tax Division trial attorney, Kevin served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Districts of Colorado and the Eastern District of Virginia. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, he investigated and litigated criminal cases involving the Internal Revenue Code, Bank Secrecy Act, FCPA, money laundering, and other financial crime matters. Many of Kevin's cases began as sensitive IRS audits of civil tax issues concerning unreported foreign bank accounts, captive insurance deductions, employment taxes, mark-to-market elections, like-kind exchanges, and tax shelters.
Judge Advocate (JAG)
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps
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Kevin served on active duty from 2006-2010. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006 with the 4th Infantry Division where he advised commanders on criminal law issues and internal investigations into serious combat-related incidents. Upon returning from Iraq, Kevin served first as a prosecutor in Fort Hood, Texas and then as an appellate attorney in Washington, DC. As a JAG, Kevin investigated and litigated dozens of criminal cases and appeals.
Education
New York Law School
J.D. (2005) | Law
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Loyola College
B.B.A. (2002) | Accounting
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Awards
Listed
Legal 500
Outstanding Attorney Award
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Outstanding Attorney Award
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Professional Associations
American Bar Association Section on Taxation
Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee
Current
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American Bar Association Section on Criminal Justice
White-Collar Crime Committee
Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
300 Conshohocken State Road
Suite 570
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
USA
Telephone: (610) 772-2327
Fax: (610) 772-2305