Areas of Concentration
White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations
Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy
Business & Finance
J.D. (with honors), Washington University in St. Louis (2010)
B.S.M. (with honors), Finance and Accounting, Tulane University (2006)
Michelle Feit Schwerin focuses her practice on tax controversy and white collar defense, including securities investigations and litigation. She represents individuals and businesses in civil tax examinations, appeals and litigation before the U.S. Tax Court; criminal tax investigations and prosecutions; and all stages of securities investigations and litigation. Ms. Schwerin regularly works with government auditors, investigators and attorneys at the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Ms. Schwerin’s background in finance and accounting has provided her with the necessary technical and analytical skills to effectively represent clients with complex tax and securities problems.
Ms. Schwerin has represented individuals and businesses in refund claims and litigation, preparer and promoter penalty investigations and tax collection matters. Ms. Schwerin has successfully obtained penalty abatement from the IRS on behalf of her clients. In addition, Ms. Schwerin represented clients under investigation by the SEC for issues, including public reporting, disclosures and insider trading.
In addition to tax and securities cases, Ms. Schwerin also works closely with Capes Sokol’s Appellate Practice group on state and federal appellate matters.
Ms. Schwerin is an active member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (Criminal and Civil Penalties Committee); the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Tax Section; Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis and the Washington University Alumni Association. Ms. Schwerin regularly volunteers throughout the St. Louis community, including her service for the Young Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Ms. Schwerin is admitted to practice in both Missouri and Illinois, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and United States Tax Court.