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Brandon Keim, Phoenix Tax Litigation Attorney  

Brandon A. Keim, J.D., CPA

Tax Controversy

State and Local Tax

Employment Tax

Property Tax

Administrative Law

 

Brandon Keim bio

 

Brandon Keim joined Frazer Ryan after serving six successful years as a senior trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

At the IRS, Brandon received the Chief Counsel National Award for Superior Achievement in Outstanding Litigation, and he was routinely recognized for his service as a trial attorney.

In 2015, Brandon successfully litigated the first Section 831(b) captive insurance case before the U.S. Tax Court; he litigated a second captive insurance case in 2016. For over four years, he oversaw and advised IRS attorneys and revenue agents auditing captive insurance transactions nationwide. Brandon also acted as an advisor to IRS attorneys on partnership and estate and gift tax matters and was an instructor at a national course designed to train new IRS trial attorneys on all aspects of practice.

Brandon has the experience and knowledge to handle a broad scope of tax controversy matters. In addition to Section 831(b) captive insurance matters, his tax litigation experience includes corporate, partnership, collection, and complex estate and gift tax matters; employment tax; property tax; international tax matters;  abusive transactions; and fraud.

Brandon is a CPA and a former financial statement auditor who offers a strong understanding of accounting and business concepts in tax matters.

Representative Cases

Wilson, et al. v. Commissioner, Dkt. Nos. 26547-13, 26548-13, 15011-14, 16759-14, pending decision. (U.S. Tax Court) (Section 831(b) captive insurance case)

Estate of Howard V. Moore, Deceased, Virgil L. Moore, Executor and Trustee v. Commissioner, Dkt. Nos. 21209-09, 22082-09, pending decision. (U.S. Tax Court) (estate and gift tax case involving family limited partnership)

Scott and Debra Householder v. Commissioner, Dkt. Nos. 9150-10, 6541-12, pending decision. (U.S. Tax Court) (horse business vs. hobby)

Benyamin Avrahami and Orna Avrahami & Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd. v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7 (2017) (U.S. Tax Court) (first litigated section 831(b) captive insurance case)

Jeremy Ray Summers v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-125 (U.S. Tax Court)

Chester George Durda v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-89 (U.S. Tax Court)

Howard E. May and Estate of Judith A. May, Deceased, Marcia M. May, Personal Representative v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-43 (U.S. Tax Court)

Leonard L. Best and Evelyn R. Best v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-32 (U.S. Tax Court)

Jose Espaillat & Mirian Lizardo v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2015-202 (U.S. Tax Court)

Howard E. May and Estate of Judith A. May, Deceased, Marcia M. May, Personal Representative v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-194 (U.S. Tax Court)

Leonard L. Best and Evelyn R. Best v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-72 (U.S. Tax Court)

John Charles Geyer & Christin Teresa Wildfeuer v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2013-90 (U.S. Tax Court)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Association: Section of Taxation, 2016-2017

State Bar of Arizona: Tax Law Section, Executive Council Member at Large, 2016; U.S. Tax Court Liaison, 2012-2016

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE

Certified Public Accountant, State of Arizona

CLERKSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS

Law Clerk, Property Tax and Unclaimed Property, Republic Services, Inc., 2009-2011

Legal Intern, United States Attorney’s Office (Civil Division), Division of Arizona, 2010

Summer Intern, Department of the Treasury, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, 2010

Judicial Intern, Hon. Mary H. Murguia, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2009

Intern, Arizona Justice Project, 2009

COURT ADMISSIONS

Arizona

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

PUBLIC SERVICE

Senior Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2011-2017

PUBLISHED ARTICLE

Schedule UTP: An Attempt to Side-Step the Work-Product Doctrine, 44 Ariz. St. L.J. 343 (2012)

EDUCATION

LL.M., Taxation (pending), Georgetown University Law Center, 2017

J.D., magna cum laude, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2011: Order of the Coif; Arizona State Law Journal

B.B.A., cum laude, Accountancy, Boise State University, 2006