Trump Nominates Former Bingham Atty For IRS Chief Counsel

Law360 (March 2, 2018, 3:35 PM EST) -- Michael J. Desmond, a former Bingham McCutchen LLP partner turned independent tax practitioner, has been nominated to be the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, according to a Friday announcement from the White House.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Desmond would also automatically hold the position of assistant general counsel in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The dual title is standard as the IRS chief counsel reports directly to Treasury’s general counsel.

Desmond, who has been running his own law firm in Santa Barbara, California, since 2012, previously served in Treasury as tax legislative counsel from 2005 to...

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