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Tax Litigator Joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, DC and San Francisco
[September 11, 2018]

Tax Litigator Joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, DC and San Francisco

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that tax controversy lawyer Robert J. Kovacev has joined as a partner in its Washington, DC and San Francisco offices. He comes to Norton Rose Fulbright from Steptoe & Johnson.

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Robert J. Kovacev, Norton Rose Fulbright (Photo: Business Wire)

Robert J. Kovacev, Norton Rose Fulbright (Photo: Business Wire)

Kovacev has more than 20 years of experience litigating cases in the United States Tax Court and in federal district and appellate courts. He combines substantive tax knowledge with extensive first-chair trial experience.

Kovacev focuses his practice on tax disputes before the IRS and in trial and appellate courts across the US. His experience includes tax and transfer pricing controversies, tax incentives, such as the research tax credit and alternative energy tax credits, and the economic substance doctrine and related judicial doctrines.

Kovacev also advises established and start-up companies about research tax credits and other innovation tax incentives and is a leader in the emerging field of taxation of robotics and artificial intelligence. He is a recipient of the John Marshall (News - Alert) Award, the Department of Justice's highest honor for trial litigation.

Prior to entering private practice, Kovacev served in the US Department of Justice's Tax Division, where he was lead trial counsel for the IRS in some of the largest and most complex civil tax cases in the US.

"Robert wins complicated tax cases, and his mastery over both domestic and international tax controversies will be highly appealing to our global clients. His arrival enhances our already strong tax practice in the US and around the world."

Gene Lewis, Norton Rose Fulbright's US Head of Business Practice, commented:

"Robert brings a valuable perspective to our clients with his experience representing both the IRS and private parties in federal tax disputes. He is highly regarded in this field and deepens Norton Rose Fulbright's robust tax controversy practice."

Kovacev, who clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, said:

"Norton Rose Fulbright's global reach presents an incredible opportunity for me to expand my practice across the financial institutions, energy, technology and healthcare sectors. My clients will benefit from the firm's 200 talented tax lawyers on five continents."

Kovacev received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from Harvard. He is admitted to the bar in California, the District of Columbia, the US Tax Court and the US Supreme Court.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm providing the world's preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The firm has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognized for its industry focus, Norton Rose Fulbright is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through its global risk advisory group, the firm leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, aiming to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

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