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Steven S. Brown

Senior Counsel
fax +1 312.517.7577

Steven Brown represents and counsels corporations, individuals, partnerships, tax exempt organizations, trusts and estates.

Steven concentrates his practice in IRS Administrative Practice and U.S. Tax Court litigation. He has more than 40 years of experience litigating matters before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal.

Steven began his career with the IRS as a Trial Attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel (1973-1978) and ultimately as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of District Counsel (1978-1979) in Chicago, Illinois.


J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1973
B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, 1970


Named leading Lawyers In Illinois 2023: Commercial Litigation

Named among Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016-2022

Named a Leading Lawyer in Chicago by Leading Lawyers℠ (2003-2024)


American Bar Association – Tax Section

California Bar – Tax Section

Adjunct Professor, LL.M Program in Tax Law, Federal Civil Tax Procedure, The John Marshall Law School, 1985-2010

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • “The Fallout After Ballard,” Journal of Tax and Procedure, 2005
  • “Representing Taxpayers in IRS Controversies Nationwide,” Dallas 2019 Annual Tax Symposium, Clark Hill, November 4, 2019
  • “Tax Controversy Hot Topics,” San Antonio 2018 Annual Tax Symposium, Clark Hill, November 6, 2018
  • “IRS Audits and Tax Court Litigation,” Dallas 2018 Annual Tax Symposium, Clark Hill, November 5, 2018“IRS Practice & Procedures,” 2005 Tax Conference, Illinois CPA Foundation
  • “What Remains of the Attorney-Client and Accountant-Client Privilege in Tax Planning?” Arizona Bar Convention, 2004
  • “What to do When the IRS Comes Calling: Dealing with IRS Controversies” Webinar