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Roland Barral

Roland Barral

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, USA


With more than 30 years of experience at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mr. Barral last held the position of Area Counsel for Financial Services (Large Business and International Division) within the Office of Chief Counsel. In this role, he served as the chief legal and strategic adviser to the IRS on all financial services industry matters. Mr. Barral developed and oversaw high-profile litigation strategies for the IRS and was instrumental in framing alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Mr. Barral also held the position of Northeast Area Leader within the Office of Chief Counsel, charged with cross-divisional oversight and leadership of the office’s field divisions in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he served as Acting Division Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel and as an Assistant District Counsel within Chief Counsel’s Office.  Mr. Barral was responsible for developing and litigating matters before the U.S. Tax Court involving complex U.S. and international issues.  His work encompassed multiple areas, including oversight of taxpayer matters in the financial services industry; mark-to-market issues for valuation of securities; executive leadership related to numerous programs, including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act; and initiatives for global dispute resolution and settlements on a wide range of issues, including transfer pricing, financial products and debt-equity characterizations.

Since joining Skadden 4 years ago, a major focus of Mr. Barral’s practice has been working with clients in dispute resolution efforts and audit streamlining involving high-stakes and sensitive matters on behalf of clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, heavy manufacturing, telecommunications, technology and social media industries.

In 2006, Mr. Barral was awarded the Presidential Rank Award by President George W. Bush for his meritorious service to the United States. He also was honored with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Award (2003 and 2014); the IRS Commissioner’s Award (2001, 2006, 2007 and 2010); the Albert Gallatin Award, the United States Treasury’s highest career service award (2014); the United States Treasury’s Meritorious Service Award (2014); and Tax Executives Institute’s Distinguished Service Award (2014).

Roland Barral is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2017: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Monday, May 01, 2017
But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Monday, March 26, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses, Monday, May 01, 2017
But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses, Monday, March 26, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses, Monday, May 01, 2017
But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses, Monday, March 26, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2017: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, New York, NY
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, New York, NY
Transcripts  Transcripts But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses - But It’s Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses, Monday, March 26, 2018
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