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Tax, Business Law, Business Formation and Finance, Computer/High Tech/Biotech Law, Intellectual Property, Trusts, Estates, Wills, Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Mediation.


Attorney and accountant, Notary Public. Former IRS attorney and former tax/business transactions attorney for a major corporation (Freddie Mac®). Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1977); St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1980); Georgetown University (M.S. Accounting, 1981); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1987). Practice serves individuals, business, trusts, estates, partnerships, nonprofit organizations, etc. in regional, national, and international legal matters. Licensed to practice law in Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and New York. Admitted to U.S. District Court-District of Maryland, U.S. District Court-Northern District of New York, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals-Fourth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.


Tax practice covers all types of Federal, State, Local, and Foreign taxes for individuals, business, partnerships, trusts, estates, and nonprofit organizations. Tax return preparation. Tax planning and research, IRS and State tax audit matters, appeals, and litigation. Amended tax returns, late tax returns, unpaid taxes, divorce taxation, innocent spouse tax matters, tax liens and levies, tax garnishments, offers in compromise, bankruptcy tax matters, employment tax matters, Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, etc.


Business law practice includes choice of business entity (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, business trust, sole proprietorship, etc.), business formation and finance, venture capital and angel financing, business contracts, letters of intent, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, employee handbooks, consulting agreements, teaming agreements, and subcontracts. Business qualification and registration, business licensing, commercial correspondence, etc. Federal, State, and Local business incentives such as SBA loans, Section 8A, minority and ethnic-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, economic development zones, etc. Preparation of corporation and limited liability company documents such as Annual and Special Shareholder/LLC Member and Board of Directors Meeting Notices, Resolutions, Meeting Minutes, Consents in Lieu of Meetings, Bylaws and Amendments, etc. Mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, formation of subsidiaries, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, purchases/sales of businesses, serving as Registered Agent for Foreign and Domestic corporations/business entities, business litigation, etc.


Computer law, high tech law, biotech law, software/product development agreements, consulting services agreements, software/product licensing agreements, software/product maintenance agreements, domestic and international software/product distribution agreements, e-commerce and web development agreements, joint ventures, teaming agreements, subcontracts, confidentiality agreements, litigation, etc.


Intellectual property (trademarks, service marks, and copyrights), applications, protection issues, infringement issues, domain name and web content protection, online brand protection issues and resolution strategies, domain name recovery and acquisition processes, unfair competition, trade secrets, trade dress claims, litigation, etc. Identifying and inventorying intellectual property assets, buying and selling intellectual property assets, etc.


Trusts, estates, wills, probate, estate planning and administration, general and special powers of attorney, health care power of attorney and advance medical directives/living wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, charitable trusts, special needs trusts for disabled persons and minors, estate and gift tax, fiduciary income tax, generation-skipping transfer tax, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, closely-held business and tax planning, asset protection planning, prenuptial agreements, guardianship and conservatorship of adults and minors, will contests, estate litigation, trust litigation, etc.


Real estate, commercial and residential leases, sales contracts, negotiations, mortgage finance, FIRPTA federal income tax withholding matters concerning sales of residential real estate by foreign persons, etc.


Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Services as a trained Mediator to facilitate resolution of disputes involving Tax, Business, Estate, Trust, and Probate matters without going to court.



Practice areas


  1. Tax: 80%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Business: 5%
    33 years, 500 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 5%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Corporate: 5%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 5%
  6. More 


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Law Offices of Robert Beatson II

POTOMAC, MD, 20854-2028

Law Offices of Robert Beatson II

1950 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Vienna, VA, 22182-3920



DCActive 198207/05/2016
NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert Beatson II1988 - Present
Senior Tax CounselFreddie Mac1988 - 1999
AttorneyIRS Office of Chief Counsel1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1982 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Federal and State Tax ControversiesN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws1987
Georgetown UniversityAccountingM.S. (Accounting)1981
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of MarylandHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977