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Robert Chicoine advises clients in matters of state and federal taxation, be it planning to minimize tax disputes, effectively resolving administrative scrutiny by taxing authorities, or defending clients in litigation when tax controversies cannot be settled. He has been called upon to assist accountants and lawyers as an expert on issues of federal taxation and has been engaged by tax agencies in U.S. territories as a lead lawyer in complex litigation. His clients typically include corporations, partnerships, estates, and individuals.

Mr. Chicoine is a seasoned lawyer who has tried cases throughout the United States in the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. district courts. He has appeared before several appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Over his distinguished legal career, Mr. Chicoine has represented clients in administrative, civil and criminal tax proceedings involving diverse issues in all phases of tax controversy. He has handled hundreds of cases before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, and revenue departments of state governments. Many of his most successful results are those that have never been published because they were resolved by negotiation. His priority is to cost effectively settle tax disputes without litigation, but if that is not possible, he will passionately defend his clients in court.

Mr. Chicoine offers his clients the benefit of having worked for the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he gained valuable experience as a Senior Trial and Tax Attorney for the IRS, and then as the founder of a law firm with a national reputation. He knows how the process works from the perspective of both sides. He also offers his clients the practical experience of having “worked in the trenches” as a court room lawyer who is responsible for the outcome of his client’s case.

Prior to starting the Chicoine Law Group to practice with his son, Christopher Chicoine, Mr. Chicoine was a founder of Chicoine and Hallett where he practiced for over 40 years and was instrumental in its achievement as a tax specialty firm of national repute.

As an offshoot of his tax practice, it is not unusual for Mr. Chicoine to be asked by clients to assist them with his negotiating skills in business transactions such as the valuation and sale of operating corporations and the resolution of commercial disputes.

Mr. Chicoine is admitted to practice in the States of Washington, California, and Arizona.

Academic and Professional Contributions

Mr. Chicoine has taught as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Taxation for the University of Washington School Of Law, and as an adjunct lecturer at the Golden Gate University Graduate, School of Taxation. He has authored many articles on matters of taxation, ethics, white-collar criminal defense, and Internal Revenue Service administrative practice. Mr. Chicoine has served as a chairman, participant, or moderator of numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars for various organizations including the ABA, WSBA, King County Bar Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, Northwest Tax Institute, Washington Attorney-CPA Tax Clinic, Washington State CPA Society and ALI-ABA Criminal Section.


Mr. Chicoine has served as President of the Tax Section for the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and Editor-in-Chief of its Newsletter. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Administrative Tax Procedures Committee and the American Bar Association Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee.

 Admissions and Affiliations

California State Bar

Washington State Bar

Arizona State Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Tax Court

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Guam

U.S. District Court, Colorado

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court of Alaska

U.S. District Court of Arizona


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. White Collar Crime: 33%
  3. Tax: 33%

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Chicoine Law Group, PLLC

SODO Commerce Building
66 S. Hanford St., Ste. 300uite 425
Seattle, WA, 98134


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TaxationBest Lawyers in America2011
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Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best LawyerSeattle Magazine2010
White Collar Criminal Defense (Taxation),Best Lawyers in America2010
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
TaxationBest Lawyers in America2010
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
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Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
AV Rating 2000 - presentMartindale-HubbellN/A
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Who's Who in Criminal Defense LawN/AN/A
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChicoine Law Group, pllc2013 - Present
Attorney and ShareholderChicoine & Hallett, P.S.1982 - 2013
Attorney and PartnerLucas Glase and Chicoine1977 - 1982
Senior Trial AttorneyOffice of Chief Counsel, Department of Treasury, IRS1972 - 1977
Trial AttorneyOffice of Chief Counsel, Department of Treasury, IRS1971 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Tax SectionPresident2004 - 2005
Washington State Bar AssociationEditor-In-Chief of Tax Section Newsletter2003 - 2005
Washington State Bar Association, Tax SectionVice President2003 - 2004
Washington State Bar Association, Tax SectionTreasurer2002 - 2003
Washington State Bar Association, Tax SectionSecretary2001 - 2002
Federal Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Federal Tax Administration and Procedures CommitteeChairman1985 - 1986
American Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1972 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Representative CasesN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AN/A1971
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AN/A1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Tax IssuesInformation Sharing: Attacks on Tax Havens2012
ABA/IBA/TEI International Tax Enforcement ConferenceUS International Tax Enforcement Overview2012
Joint Fall CLE MeetingSections of Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law2008
ALI-ABA Criminal Section MeetingTax Considerations When Funding a Criminal Defense1998
ABA Annual Tax Section MeetingRepresenting Potential Defendants in Federal Investigations1998
Washington Attorney-CPA Tax ClinicImpact of Ames v. Commissioner1996
Tax Controversy and ProceduresAggressive IRS Collection Efforts-What if Anything You Can Do1996
Ethics and Estate Planning and TaxationEthical Problems Inherent in Tax Controversies1996
Federal Tax ControversiesIns and Outs of Tax Litigation1995
Washington Attorney-CPA Tax ClinicSelected Topics of Import Regarding Tax Practice and Procedures1994
Tax Considerations for Criminal DefenseThe Tax Man Cometh - Maybe1994
Washington State Bar Association CLEDealing With the IRS in the 1990's-Criminal Investigations1990
Tax Section WorkshopTax Straddles-First Western Government Securities v. Commissioner1990
Ninth Annual Federal Tax ConferenceCivil Penalties - Their Restructuring and Effect1990
Hawaii State Bar Association CLEHow to Deal With the IRS1990
Northwest Tax Institute SeminarTax Controversies-Penalties and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights1989
Annual Federal Tax ConferenceAdministration and Procedures1987
Tax Controversy and ProceduresAggressive IRS Collection Efforts-What If Anything You Can Do1986
King County Bar Association CLEOffer in Compromise1985
Washington State Bar Association CLETax Shelters1984
Washington Attorney-CPA Tax ClinicInternal Revenue Service Procedures1984