Jay Nanavati

Jay Nanavati

About Me 

I am a former white collar federal prosecutor who is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. As both a federal and state prosecutor, I handled over thirty solo jury trials and hundreds of bench trials, as well as several complex grand jury investigations. At BakerHostetler in Washington, D.C., my practice focuses on criminal tax defense (including offshore and domestic tax evasion), white collar criminal defense, and civil tax controversy.


Several media outlets have quoted me on tax-evasion-related issues, including Bloomberg/BNA, Bankrate, the Palm Beach Daily News, and Legal and Ethical Compliance News (Brazil).


At the Department of Justice Tax Division, I prosecuted tax evasion cases around the country and eventually supervised 30+ federal prosecutors' work on tax evasion cases.


I also worked on cases involving mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud, money laundering, structuring, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, identity theft, and false claims.

I investigated and prosecuted a sophisticated $200 million nationwide tax evasion and investment fraud scheme involving investments in thoroughbred horses and natural gas exploration.

I also investigated and prosecuted $100 million nationwide internet-based tax evasion scheme that defrauded over 12,000 taxpayers.