He has served as lead counsel in some of the highest profile tax cases out of Colorado, and elsewhere, including a criminal tax case which the Department of Justice identified as one of the largest tax evasion case in the history of Colorado, a seminal case won in the United States Supreme Court, a precedent setting gift tax case in the United States Tax Court, and a defining Colorado Sales & Use tax case. In his 25 years of practice, Mr. Anderson has helped well over a thousand taxpayers to find solutions to their tax disputes with the IRS and state and local taxing authorizes. He has also represented hundreds of Certified Public Accountants and CPA firms in all facets of their profession, including defending malpractice claims, defending complaints filed with state boards of accountancy, defending complaints filed with the AICPA, defending complaints lodged with the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility, defending return-preparer-penalties asserted by the IRS, and defending accountants facing criminal tax charges. Mr. Anderson has also represented and consulted accounting firms and their owners in the context of firm break ups and formations. Mr. Anderson has also served as an expert in tax and accounting malpractice cases. With his background, clients also call upon Mr. Anderson to represent them in business and commercial litigation cases. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, College of Law, Graduate Tax Program, and a sought after speaker for the many Continuing Education courses he has authored and instructed for Attorneys and Accountants.
I've now known Steve and Brian (one of his partners) for almost 10 years. I'm very glad I met them, although I could have skipped the circumstances. They are both great attorneys and (more importantly to me) simply fine human beings. My case was a very complicated tax case, one that involved law that I realized neither the judge nor the jury really understood. We mostly lost, but it could have been much worse. I've had many, many years to rethink our approach to this case. I say "our approach" because I was very much involved in it throughout. I chose to take it to trial, pretty much expecting to lose. Steve would have pled it out if I had wished to go that route. But I am one of those stubborn types who wouldn't sign a bogus representation of the facts. I don't regret that. When people ask me today, I tell them "we won the law and the facts, but the prosecution won the emotions of the jury and that was all that really mattered." I don't blame Steve for that. This case came to trial at a time where it was fairly easy for prosecutors to whip up the fury of juries in business cases. Steve is extremely knowledgeable about the relevant law in my case. Would that the various jurists we encountered along the way were equally so. Steve was always responsive to me and I believe genuinely cares about me and my family. That is important, because the ordeal of a federal prosecution is mind-numbing. And while it morphs over time, it never really ends. Defending oneself in federal court is very expensive. It bankrupted me. But when I ran out of money somewhere between conviction and sentencing, Steve had himself appointed my pro bono attorney and kept working on my case. To this day, Brian (his partner) continues to help me clean up some of the remnants. Steve also helped me acquire a great appeals attorney who spend several years working on my case as pro bono counsel. In sum, Steve is a very fine man and a very good attorney. I highly recommend him.
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