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John Mark Colvin

John Mark Colvin

Practice areas:

Tax, White Collar Crime

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About Me

Since joining the firm of Chicoine & Hallett, P.S. in 1991, Mr. Colvin has concentrated his practice in federal tax controversy matters and federal white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Colvin has represented clients before every level of the Internal Revenue Service, before the United States Tax Court and the Court of Federal Claims, in the federal district courts, before the Circuit Courts of Appeals, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.


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Recent reported tax cases for which Mr. Colvin had primary or significant responsibility include Gitlitz v. Commissioner, 531 U.S. 206, 121 S. Ct. 701 (2001), rev'g 182 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 1999); St. Charles Investment Co. v. Commissioner, 232 F.3d 773 (10th Cir. 2000), rev'g 110 T.C. 46 (1998); and Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 1999-291. Mr. Colvin also successfully represented some of the taxpayers in United States v. Guess, et. al., S.D.Cal. 04-2184, a case in which the government sought to obtain a preliminary injunction and receivership over an offshore insurance company with approximately $500 million in assets, alleging that the company and its clients were participating in an illegal tax shelter. Mr. Colvin also has significant experience in white-collar cases involving fraudulent medical billings, customs violations, securities and commodities fraud, software piracy, bank and bankruptcy fraud, environmental crimes, and Lacey Act violations.


 


Mr. Colvin is a frequent lecturer on tax-related topics for professional groups. He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee for Legislative and Administrative Developments for the ABA Taxation Section, Civil and Criminal Penalties Committee.


 


Mr. Colvin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Reed College in 1985, where he was admitted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1991. Mr. Colvin received a fellowship at Columbia University from 1986 to 1988, where he pursued graduate studies in 17th and 18th century Chinese history. Mr. Colvin was designated as a Telluride Scholar in 1980 at Deep Springs College, California.

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
  2. Tax: 50%

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Contact Info

Colvin + Hallett, Attorneys at Law

719 Second Avenue.
Suite 1450
Seattle, WA, 98104-1753

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199105/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyChicoine & Hallett1991 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WashingtonMember2006 - Present
Subcommittee for Legislative and Administrative Developments, ABA Taxation Section, Civil and Criminal Penalties CommitteeChairman2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Gitlitz v. Commissioner, 531 U.S. 206, 121 S. Ct. 701 (2001), rev'g 182 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 1999); For the Petitioner
St. Charles Investment Co. v. Commissioner, 232 F.3d 773 (10th Cir. 2000), rev'g 110 T.C. 46 (1998)For the Petitioner
United States v. Guess, et. al., S.D.Cal. 04-2184For the Defendant

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Tax Practitioner Penalties: A PrimerTax Practitioner Penalties: a Primer2007
Employment Law: Changing the World and Our LivesABA Section Taxation - Employment Law: Changing the World and Our Lives2007
Subcommitttee Report: Legislative & Administrative Developments by John ColvinSubcommitttee Report: Legislative & Administrative Developments2007
International Enforcement Law Reporter, Vol. 22, Issue 5IRS Obtains Permission to Issue John Doe Summons to PayPal2006
Federal Bar Association 30th Annual Tax Law Conference Parallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Reed CollegeAnthropologyN/A1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association 30th Annual Tax Law ConferenceParallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings2006
ABA 2006 Mid Year MeetingPromoter Penalties and Procedures —A Primer2006
ABA Tax Section's 2005 Criminal Tax Fraud MeetingTax Shelters-Entering the Era of the Billion Dollar Tax Loss2005
ABA Tax Section's 2004 Criminal Tax Fraud MeetingIt Seemed Like Such a Good Idea At the Time: Tax Shelters, The Morning After2004