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Roland Barral

Roland Barral

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, USA


Roland Barral serves as of counsel in the Tax Controversy and Litigation Group. 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 worked as the northeast area team 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, special litigation assistant and attorney within the chief counsel’s office, 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 in early 2014, Mr. Barral has represented high-profile clients in all phases of civil audits, administrative appeals and litigation. 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).

Mr. Barral is a frequent speaker on topics related to his practice, including at the Practising Law Institute, the Tax Executives Institute and the New York University Tax Controversy Forum.

Education

LL.M. (Taxation), New York

University School of Law, 1993

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1983 (with honors; Managing Editor, Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal)

B.A., Rutgers University, 1980
(with honors)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

New York

New Jersey

District of Columbia

Selected Publications

“IRS Large Business and International Division Increasingly Looks to Chief Counsel’s Office to Advance Initiatives,” Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, April 29, 2014

“Letter From America – The US Summons Power,” The Tax Journal, June 29, 2009

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
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
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
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
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2018: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
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