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Practice Areas
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1974
  • University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1977
Honors
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Listed, The Legal 500 U.S. – Tax Controversy (2009, 2010)
  • Repeatedly named a “Texas Superlawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel (unanimously inducted, 1995)
  • Named one of the country's leading federal tax litigators in The Legal 500 U.S. (2007 ed.)
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
Larry A. Campagna
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1200 Smith Street
14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002-4310
TEL: 713.654.9609
FAX: 713.658.2553

Larry A. Campagna has established a reputation as an authoritative litigator in matters of business litigation and white collar criminal defense, as well as federal, state and local tax controversies.  Over the past 30 years, he has resolved thousands of civil and criminal litigation matters, many of which involved sophisticated and complex legal issues that established precedent in courts at the federal, state and local levels.   

Highlights of Mr. Campagna’s career include: representing the first taxpayer to be awarded attorneys' 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 one of the world's largest accounting firms in a tax malpractice case. 

Mr. Campagna teaches a course in the law of Tax Crimes and Money Laundering as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He has served the American Bar Association Section of Taxation as Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee; as Chair of the Subcommittee on IRS Investigations and Procedures of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties; and as Chair of a Task Force on Offshore Credit Card Cases of the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee. 

Significant Cases

  • In Johnson v. Sawyer, we battled for 15 years against the IRS to obtain damages for the wrongful disclosure of Mr. Johnson's confidential tax information.  The Government eventually paid Mr. Johnson the nation's largest settlement for wrongfully disclosing tax return information.
  • We served as lead counsel in one of the largest project cases in the history of the United States Tax Court, which involved over 2000 Petitioners and posed strategic and logistical challenges for both the taxpayers and the IRS.  Our firm represented over 700 of the taxpayers and negotiated settlements on behalf of those taxpayers as well as generic settlements that could be applied to others with Hillcrest cases.
  • We represented the first taxpayer to be awarded attorneys' fees by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Recent Publications

  • The Eggshell Audit, Part II:  Indicators of Fraud and IRS Fraud Development Procedures; Co-Authored with Caroline Ciraolo and Eric Green; CCH Journal Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, March 2013
  • The Eggshell Audit, Part I:  A Primer; Co-Authored with Caroline Ciraolo and Eric Green; CCH Journal Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, July 2012
  • Tax Controversies and Tax Litigation Update:  Enforcement Issues Regarding Undisclosed Interests in Offshore Financial Accounts; Co-Authored with Scott D. Michel and Charles R. Rettig; New York University Annual Institute on Federal Taxation 2012
  • But I Relied On My Accountant! The Scope of the Reasonable Cause Defense to Penalties; CCH Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, August-September 2012
  • Tax Crimes:  Cases & Materials; Casebook co-authored with John A. Townsend, Steve Johnson and Scott A. Schumacher, published 2008 by Lexis-Nexis
  • Deadline for Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative is April 15; Houston Business Journal Article, March 2003
  • Riddles Raised by Those Who Don't Read:  Solving Purported Problems with the Right of Contribution Under I.R.C. § 6672(d); Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, February – March 2003
  • Legal Surfing:  Basics of the Internet for Lawyers; Texas Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998

Recent Lectures, Panels and Articles (Partial Listing) 

  • Hot Topics in Tax Enforcement; TSCPA Business & Industry Committee May Conference , Houston/May 2013; Houston CPA Society Tax Expo, Houston/January 2013
  • Preparing and Arguing Your Case in IRS Appeals; 2013 AICPA  Tax Planning, Compliance and Controversy Conference, Las Vegas/May 2013
  • Ask the Tax Controversy Expert; 2013 AICPA  Tax Planning, Compliance and Controversy Conference, Las Vegas/May 2013
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Protecting Divorcing Spouses from the IRS and Each Other; 2013 AICPA  Tax Planning, Compliance and Controversy Conference, Las Vegas/May 2013
  • Closing the Audit: Appeals & Beyond; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Orlando/April 2013; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Orlando/February 201; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago/May 2010; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago/May 2009
  • Eggshell Audits:  Handling IRS Examinations of Closely Held Businesses When There are Criminal Tax Issues; Dallas Bar Association Section of Taxation, Dallas/January 2013; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry 35th Annual Tax & Business Planning Seminar, Houston/November 2012
  • Current U. S. Tax Enforcement Priorities in an Evolving Global Environment; 29th American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, Las Vegas/December 2012
  • Third Party Records and the Firth Amendment: What Happens Next; 29th American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, Las Vegas/December 2012
  • Ethics – It’s a Brave New World:  The Changing Ethics of Counseling Clients in Light of Recent Voluntary Disclosure Initiatives; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry 34th Annual Tax Planning & Business Seminar, Houston/November 2012; Houston CPA Society Tax Expo, January 2012; Tulane Tax Institute, New Orleans/October 2011
  • From the Experts:  Tax Controversy in Tax Litigation Update; 71st NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, New York/October 2012; San Diego/November 2012
  • Economic Crime – Surviving the Fall; The Myths and Realities; 30th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge, England/September 2012
  • Criminal Tax Process – IRS and Investigation Stage; Federal Bar Association 36th Annual Tax Law Conference, Washington, D.C./March 2012
  • Eggshell Audits:  Strategies for the Taxpayer’s Counsel; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington, D.C./May 2012
  • Preparing and Arguing Your Case in IRS Appeals; First Annual AICPA Conference on Tax Controversy, Las Vegas/May 2012
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?  Same Song, New Verse;  First Annual AICPA Conference on Tax Controversy, Las Vegas/May 2012
  • Ask the Tax Controversy Experts; First Annual AICPA Conference on Tax Controversy, Las Vegas/May 2012
  • Trends in IRS Audits; TSCPA Tax Expo, Galveston/June 2012; TSCPA Spring Expo, Houston/May 2012
  • But I Relied on My Accountant!  The Scope of the Reasonable Cause Defense Penalties; NYU 4th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, New York/June 2012
  • “Ask the Wizards”; NYU 4th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, New York/June 2012
  • The Office of Professional Responsibility and Current Ethics Enforcement Priorities; American Bar Association 28th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, Las Vegas/December 2011
  • Contribution Among Responsible Persons Under Section 6672(d);  University of Texas Tax Conference, Austin/December 2011
  • Tax Controversies – Tips From the Tax Trenches; 70th NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, New York/October 2011; San Francisco/November 2011
  • Integrity Involving Domestic and Offshore Assets – U. S. Style;  9th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge, England/September 2011
  • What’s Next on the FBAR Front?; State Bar of Texas Advanced Tax Law & Tax Law 101, Houston/August 2011
  • Update on IRS Tax Controversy Procedure:  Dealing With the IRS in the Real World – Criminal Tax Issues; ACPEN Web Broadcast, Dallas/June 2011
  • Employee or Independent Contractor:  Old Issues, New Focus;  American Federal Institute on Taxation, Birmingham/June 2011
  • Criminal Enforcement of Employment Taxes - American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington/May 2011
  • Offshore Tax Enforcement, Voluntary Disclosures & Undeclared Foreign Accounts; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington/May 2011
  • Ethical Issues Arising in Day-to-Day Practice; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Boca Raton/January 2011
  • Issues Arising out of Offshore Accounts; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Boca Raton/January 2011
  • Foreign Bank Account Redux:  International Money Laundering and Representation; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Boca Raton/January 2011
  • Ask the Experts:  Top Criminal Tax Practice Tips & Representation Strategies; American Bar Association, 27th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco/December 2010
  • Coming Attractions:  IRS Audit and Enforcement Priorities;  Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin 33rd Annual Tax & Business Planning Seminar, Houston/December 2010
  • The Short Road Between Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud; UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, Beverly Hills/October 2010
  • Qualified Offers and the Recovery of Administrative and Litigation Costs From the IRS; UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, Beverly Hills/October 2010
  • Integrity and Accountability in the Financial Sector – U.S. Style; 28th International Symposium on Economic Crimes, Cambridge, England/September 2010
  • Sensitive Issue Examinations – Is Tweel Still Relevant?; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Toronto/September 2010
  • IRS Audit and Enforcement – Coming Attractions; 2nd Annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum, New York/June 2010
  • Closing the Audit: Appeals & Beyond; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago/May 2010; Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago/May 2009
  • Stay Out of the Kitchen – Hot Topics in Tax Controversy; Texas Society of CPAs Tax Expo, Houston/January 2010; Tennessee Federal Tax Conference, Nashville/November 2009; Texas Society of CPAs Tax Expo, Houston/January 2009
  • Prosecutorial Priorities; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, San Antonio/January 2010
  • Contribution Among Responsible Persons Under Section 6672(d) -- Unresolved Issues; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, San Antonio/January 2010
  • Civil Considerations During and After the CriminalTax Investigation; American Bar Association, 25th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco/December 2009
  • Case Study on Penetration of Financial Institutions in the United States, 27th International Symposium on Economic Crimes, Cambridge, England/September 2009
  • Practical Considerations Involving Ongoing Voluntary Disclosures (of Offshore Accounts), American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Chicago/September 2009
  • Quality Control for Tax Prosecutions: How the Tax Division Decides Which Cases to Accept for Prosecution, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington/May 2009
  • Closing the Audit: Appeals & Beyond, Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago/May 2009  
  • Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Tax Defense Lawyer, American Bar Association, 25th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco/December 2008
  • Conflicts Check:  Ethics Issues in Determining Who is the Client?  What's the Scope?  Should You Take the Work?, Southern Federal Tax Institute, Atlanta/October 2009; Mississippi Tax Institute, Jackson/November 2009; University of Texas Tax Institute, Austin/November 2008; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington/May 2008; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin 31st Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston/November 2008
  • When Special Agents Come Calling, University of Florida Graduate Tax Program, Gainesville/November 2008; Tulane Tax Institute, New Orleans/October 2003; Houston Bar Association Tax Section, Houston/November 2003; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin 26th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston/November 2003
  • Banking on Trouble--  International Money Laundering Investigations:  Perils and Pitfalls for the Practitioner; Twenty-Sixth International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge, England/September 2008; American Bar Association Section of Taxation, San Francisco/September 2008
  • Employee or Independent Contractor:  New Perspectives on an Old Issue, American Institute on Federal Taxation, Birmingham/June 2008 ; Texas Society of CPAs Spring Expo, Houston/May 2007
  • Square Corners and Curves:  Throw Your Professional Compass Away, You Need a GPS System to Navigate Now!, Texas Society of CPAs Spring Expo, Houston/May 2008; Wednesday Tax Forum, Houston/February 2008
  • IRS War on Tax Advantaged Transactions: KPMG, Virgin Islands and More, American Bar Association, 23d National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco, December 2007
  • Employee or Independent Contractor:  New Perspectives on an Old Issue, Texas Society of CPAs Spring Expo, Houston, May 2007
  • Sentencing Update, American Bar Association, 22d National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco, December 2006
  • To Boldly Go Where No Taxpayer Has Gone: New Compliance Initiatives at the IRS, Chamberlain Hrdlicka 29th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston, November 2006; Southern Federal Tax Institute, Atlanta, September 2006
  • Appealing Trends:  Developments in the IRS Office of Appeals, Tax Executives Institute Annual Conference, Scottsdale, October 2006
  • The Civil-Criminal Whipsaw:  How The Prospect Of Simultaneous Civil And Criminal Tax Cases Impacts Defense Strategies In Tax Controversies, Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, Houston, May 2006; Texas Society of CPAs Family Conference, Galveston, June 2006; Texas Society of CPAs Spring Expo, Houston, May 2006; State Bar of Texas, Tax Controversy Course, Houston, December 2005; Chamberlain Hrdlicka, 28th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston, November 2005
  • The Importance of Zealous Advocacy in Tax Cases Under the Model Rules and Circular 230, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, San Francisco, September 2005
  • Coping with the New Enforcement-Minded IRS, American Federal Tax Institute, Birmingham, June 2005
  • Recent Developments Concerning Sentencing Guidelines For Federal Tax Crimes, American Bar Association, 20th and 21st National Institutes on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco, December 2004 and 2005
  • Daddy Died with A Cayman Bank Account:  Riddles Wrapped in Enigmas, Chamberlain Hrdlicka 27th Annual Tax Planning Seminar,  Houston, November 2004
  • Consideration Of Potential Criminal Exposure In The Hypothetical Tax Transaction, University of Texas Tax Institute, Houston, October 2004
  • Let Mikey Try It:  Using New Programs In Dealing With The IRS, Tax Executives Institute, San Antonio, April 2005; Tennessee Federal Tax Insititute, Nashville, October 2004; Chamberlain Hrdlicka 26th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston, November 2003; Southern Federal Tax Institute, Atlanta, September 2003
  • Playing The Hand You're Dealt:  Preparing For Audit With The New Tax Shelter Disclosure Regulations, Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Las Vegas, February 2004
  • Developments in Employment Tax Prosecutions, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Kissimmee, January 2004
  • Update on IRS Investigations of Offshore Transactions, American Bar Association, 19th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco, December 2003
  • When Special Agents Come Calling, Tulane Tax Institute, New Orleans, October 2003; Houston Bar Association Tax Section, Houston, November 2003
  • Preparing an Effective Protest, IRS Appeals Office Technical Symposium, Houston, May 2003
  • Getting The Most Out Of “LIFE”—IRS Audits & Appeals In The 21st Century, Tax Executives Institute, Seminar on IRS Audits and Appeals, Chicago, May 2003
  • Collaboration and Confrontation:  Successful Strategies for IRS Audits & Appeals, Tax Executives Institute Mid-Year Conference, Washington, March 2003
  • Riddles Raised by Those Who Don't Read: Solving Purported Problems with the Right of Contribution Under I.R.C. § 6672(d), Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, February – March 2003
  • Deadline for Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative is April 1, Houston Business Journal – March 2003  
  • How Sarbanes-Oxley Impacts Tax Practitioners and Are There Ethical Lessons to Learn? Moderator, Teleconference Sponsored by American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, January 2003
  • Can Offshore Sinners Repent?  The IRS Offshore Credit Card Project and the New Voluntary Disclosure Policy, 2003 Houston Tax Forums, Houston, January 2003
  • How to Beat the IRS in a Civil/Criminal Case, Texas Bar Association White Collar Crime Seminar, Houston, November 2002
  • When the Practitioner Becomes the Target:  IRS Attacks on Tax Advisors, Transferees and Third Parties, Southern Federal Tax Institute, Atlanta, September 2002; Texas Society of CPAs, Corpus Christi, October 2002; Houston Bar Association Tax Section, Houston, November 2002; American Women's Society of CPAs, Houston, February 2003; Chamberlain Hrdlicka 25th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston, November 2002
  • Representing the Client During a Criminal Investigation: Defense Tactics During IRS Administrative and Grand Jury Investigations, American Bar Association, 19th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, San Francisco, December 2002
  • Sarbanes-Oxley for the Tax Practitioner, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, San Antonio, January 2003
  • Handling Investigations Involving Civil/Criminal Tax Issues, Texas Bar Association, White Collar Crime Seminar, Houston, November 2002
  • Compliance:  How Transparent is Reasonable, Large and Mid-Size Business Roundtable Discussion, UCLA Annual Tax Controversy Institute, Los Angeles, October 2002
  • A Primer on the Litigation of Federal Tax Issues, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Association, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Tax Controversy Workshop, Houston, November 2003 & June 2002

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Committee on Civil & Criminal Penalties, Chair, 2011-2013, Vice-Chair, 2009 –2011, Liaison to Standards of Tax Practice, 2001 – present, Chair, Task Force on Offshore Credit Card Cases, 2002-2008, Chair of Subcommittee on IRS Investigations & Procedures, 1992 to 1994, Task Force on Section 6672, Task Force on Attorneys Fee Awards; Committee on Employment Taxes, Chair, 1994-1996, Vice-Chair, 1992-1994, Chair of Subcommittee on Trust Fund Taxes, 1991-1992
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 1990-present
  • State Bar Section of Taxation Committee for Liaison with the Comptroller of Public Accounts