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Michelle F. Schwerin

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“It is always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.” – Bill Bryson

Areas of Concentration

  • IRS Audits and Appeals
  • Tax Court Litigation
  • Voluntary Disclosures of Tax Positions and Unfiled Returns
  • Tax Preparer Penalty Investigations and Litigation
  • Criminal Tax Matters
  • White Collar Criminal Defense 
  • Securities and Trading Investigations and Litigation
  • Internal Investigations

Experience at Work

An attorney-CPA, Michelle’s credentials and experience allow her to navigate the intricate world of civil tax examinations, appeals, and litigation, as well as criminal tax investigations and defense. Michelle represents individuals and businesses in a variety of tax matters, including tax liability disputes, innocent spouse claims, claims for penalty abatement, refund claims and litigation, preparer and promoter penalty investigations and tax collection matters.

She also represents clients in all stages of federal and state securities investigations and litigation. She guides individual and business clients who come under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission for issues such as public reporting, disclosures and insider trading.

In the Community

Michelle sits on the Board of Police Commissioners for the St. Louis County Police Department.

Michelle is an adjunct professor at Webster University, where she teaches in the Masters of Forensic Accounting program at the Walker School of Business & Technology. Michelle is also active in the Saint Louis Community through her board positions at the Henry and Gladys Crown Center for Senior Living and St. Louis Jewish Community Center and she chairs the Staff-Life Subcommittee for Camp Sabra.

Memberships & Associations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Chair of Professional Ethics & Methods of Practice Committee, 2016-2017
    • Member, Finance Committee, 2017- Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
    • Co-Chair of Subcommittee on Important Civil Developments, Criminal and Civil Penalties Committee, 2017 – Present
    • Chair of the Membership Subcommittee of the Criminal and Civil Penalties Committee, 2014 – 2016
  • Missouri Society of CPAs
    • Chair-Elect, Saint Louis Chapter, 2019-2020
    • Young Professionals Committee
    • Professional Learning and Networking Task Force
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
    • STL/MO Chapter Social Media Coordinator
    • Founding Member, St. Louis Chapter
  • Missouri Bar
  • Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition (DCLDC)

Awards & Designations

Publications

  • “The New Voluntary Disclosure Procedures: Weighing the High Cost to Avoid Risk of Prosecution”, The Asset, May/June 2019
  • “When Failing to Pay Taxes Becomes a Federal Crime”, St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall 2018
  • “Invest in Your Personal Brand”, The Asset, March/April 2017
  • Its Bark is Worse than its Bit(e): Regulatory and Criminal Law Implications of Virtual Currency”, Criminal Justice, Winter 2017
  • “The High Stakes of Payroll Tax Fraud,” St. Louis Bar Journal, Winter 2016
  • “Identity Theft and Income Tax Returns: What do you mean I’ve already filed my return?” St. Louis Lawyer Magazine, May 2014
  • “The Swiss and Foreign Account Controversy and International Tax Fraud in the 21st Century,” St. Louis Bar Journal, Summer 2013

Presentations

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

  • J.D., Washington University, with honors (2010)
  • B.S.M. Finance and Accounting, Tulane University, with honors (2006)
Two Capes Sokol Lawyers to Present at 2019 ABA Fall Tax Meeting
Boxerman & Schwerin to Present at 2019 Midwest Accounting & Finance Blockchain Conference
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