Kevin Sweeney is a former federal tax prosecutor who specializes in civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation matters. He focuses on high-stakes IRS audits, civil tax litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters, and corporate investigations for high and ultra-high net worth individuals, business owners, and public and private companies worldwide. Kevin’s experience and longstanding connections enable him to anticipate government action, expertly navigate clients through difficult situations, and deliver arguments that resonate with judges, juries, prosecutors, and federal and state tax authorities.
Prior to joining the Firm’s Philadelphia Office as a tax attorney, Kevin was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division (DOJ Tax) in Washington, DC. At DOJ Tax, he led many of its most successful tax enforcement cases including international tax matters against Swiss banks BSI SA, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) SA, and Edmond de Rothschild SA. Kevin was one of a select team of attorneys assigned to DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program (SBP). As the first former SBP attorney in private practice, Kevin is uniquely positioned to counsel financial institutions, asset managers, professional services firms, and executives on U.S. regulatory and tax enforcement issues and to represent U.S. citizens and residents with undeclared offshore bank accounts in criminal investigations, prosecutions, audits, voluntary disclosures, and streamline filings.
Kevin is a seasoned white-collar criminal defense attorney. In addition to his position at DOJ Tax, he has served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Districts of Colorado and the Eastern District of Virginia and as a prosecutor and appellate attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Kevin has handled dozens of federal white-collar investigations and prosecutions throughout the country in connection with alleged and possible tax evasion, false tax returns, employment tax fraud, FBAR violations, money laundering, currency structuring, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), public corruption, and other types of financial fraud. Cases Kevin has litigated have been covered by Fortune, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times.
Kevin served on active duty as a judge advocate (JAG) in the United States Army from 2006-2010 and the Army Reserve from 2010-2016. After graduating from Airborne School in 2006, Kevin deployed to Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division where he advised commanders on criminal law issues and internal investigations into serious combat-related incidents. Upon returning from Iraq, he served first as a prosecutor at Fort Hood and then as an appellate attorney in Washington, DC. As a JAG, Kevin litigated dozens of criminal cases and appeals.
Kevin frequently speaks and writes on civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation matters and is often quoted by national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.
He graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.B.A. in accounting. He received his J.D. from New York Law School (Cum Laude). He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.