Marc K. Sellers
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Marc Sellers has been named "Tax Lawyer of the Year - Tax Litigation and Controversy" for 2012 in Portland, Oregon by Best Lawyers in America, a preeminent national peer review organization. Since joining Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 1980, Mr. Sellers has focused his practice in the areas of civil and criminal tax law, including administrative appeals and litigation. He has extensive experience working with tax controversies arising under the federal laws, as well as under the laws of the states of Oregon, Washington, and California. He serves as the practice group leader for the firm's tax group.
Mr. Sellers is the first attorney in the U.S. to obtain an award of attorney fees against the Internal Revenue Service under the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (26 USC §7430). He has represented clients in tax controversies before the United States Tax Court, the U.S. District Court (Oregon and the Southern and Central Districts of California), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as in the Oregon Tax Court. He also maintains an active transactional tax practice.
In addition to being listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in tax law, since 2006 he has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers, published by Thomson-Reuters. This peer-elected distinction is bestowed upon only the top 5% of all attorneys in the state of Oregon. He also carries an "AV Preeminent" rating with Martindale Hubbell, their highest ranking (5.0 out of 5).
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Sellers has lectured extensively on many areas of the laws of taxation, including corporate, partnership and individual income taxation; property tax issues; civil and criminal tax controversies, and on many procedural areas of tax practice. He has also lectured on topics arising under the environmental criminal laws of the United States.
Mr. Sellers has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the Oregon Tax Bar for nine years, and in 2007, served as the Chairman of the Tax Section. He is a member and Past President of the Beaverton, Oregon Rotary Club and has served on the Board of Directors of the Beaverton Rotary Foundation. In addition to other civic activities, Mr. Sellers serves as pro bono legal counsel to several publicly supported charities in Washington County, Oregon. Mr. Sellers is an accomplished mountaineer and has competed at regional and national championship levels in martial arts sporting events.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
California State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Supreme Court
Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws degree, Taxation (1980)
Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1978)
University of Redlands, Bachelor of Science degree (1975)
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