It Still Takes a Village: Balancing Professionalism Privilege & Advocacy in Tax Matters

OL057-16  |  On Demand  |  Update  |  Self-Study


We are all taxpayers, and everyone has at least that one role to play in the tax system.  After almost forty years handling tax controversies and business litigation, Mr. Campagna will discuss some examples of questionable practices undertaken by both private tax practitioners and prosecutors, with the goal of exploring what it means to be an ethical taxpayer, accountant, or taxpayer representative.  

Learning Objectives:

  • The difference between ethics and professionalism
  • Perspective on the role of taxpayers and taxpayer representatives
  • Interesting examples of difficult legal and ethical issues in tax cases
  • To explore their own ethics and professionalism


Number of Credits Type of Credits
1 Tax







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Larry A. Campagna, Esq.

Larry is a shareholder with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Aughtry, in Houston, Texas. His practice concentrates on federal tax controversies, both civil and criminal. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and is a co-author of the casebook Tax Crimes published by Lexis-Nexis.

Larry received his B.A. (with High Honors and Special Honors in Plan II) and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves the American Bar Association Section of Taxation as a member of Council and as a member of the Committee on Appointments to the Tax Court. He previously served as Chair of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties and as Chair of the Committee on Employment Taxes. His major cases include: representing the first taxpayer to be awarded attorney's fees by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; serving as lead counsel in one of the largest project cases in the history of the United States Tax Court; and successfully defending a "Final Four" accounting firm in a large tax malpractice case.

Best Lawyers in America named Larry its 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Tax Litigation and Controversy in Houston. His practice also has been highly ranked by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Legal Elite and Texas Monthly magazine.

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