Robert F. Denvir

Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP

Robert F. Denvir

Robert F. Denvir

Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP

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Winston & Strawn LLP Robert F. Denvir, Partner Legal Services Federal Tax Controversy State and Local Tax Law School DePaul University JD, 1971 Law School Illinois Practice Contacts USCA - 2nd Circuit USCA - 3rd Circuit USCA - 7th Circuit Illinois Supreme Court Northern District of Illinois U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. Tax Court Western District of Wisconsin Robert Denvir is a partner in the firm’s tax department and a member of Winston & Strawn’s Executive Committee. His practice focuses exclusively on tax controversy matters, including representation of clients in federal and state audits, appeals, administrative hearings, and litigation. Mr. Denvir is currently representing our clients in substantial federal income tax controversies in U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court, and Internal Revenue Service Appeals Offices around the country. These matters involve a range of issues, including substance over form issues, exclusion of income under Section 118, U.S. Tax Treaty benefits, Section 263A capitalization, method of accounting challenges, allocation of purchase price, Subpart F income, deductibility of acquisition costs, and debt-equity classifications. Mr. Denvir represents many large foreign and domestic corporate clients, including several media concerns and telecom companies. His representative clients include Abbott Laboratories; SBC Communications, Inc.; Allied Waste Industries, Inc.; The Northern Trust; Chicago Tribune; Nicor Inc.; Jordan Industries, Inc.; and Weston Foods, Inc. Activities Mr. Denvir is chair of Winston & Strawn’s tax department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Goodman Theatre. Education A 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Denvir received a J.D. from DePaul University in 1971. He also is a Certified Public Accountant. Press Release Winston & Strawn Attorneys Ranked In July/August Issue of SuperLawyers Past Events April 6-9, 2008 Sponsorship Winston Sponsors 58th TEI Annual Midyear Tax Conference October 21-24, 2007 Speaking Engagement Partner Jim Lynch Speaks at Annual Tax Executives Institute May 1, 2013 Briefing Unclaimed Property Holders Beware: Delaware Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program Is Being Followed by Aggressive Audit Enforcement A briefing by Winston & Strawn’s State and Local Tax Group on upcoming deadlines related to Delaware's Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program. April 11, 2013 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report - April Winston & State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. February 1, 2013 Briefing California Issues Guidance on How it Will Implement California Court of Appeal Decision That the Qualified Small Business Stock Deferral and Exclusion Statutes Are Unconstitutional The Franchise Tax Board recently issued guidance on the procedures it will use in applying the California Court of Appeal’s decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, 208 Cal. App. 4th 1247 (2012). December 13, 2012 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report - December Winston & State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. October 8, 2012 Briefing Gillette Rehearing: California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer to Elect Multistate Tax Compact’s Three-Factor Apportionment Formula On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the California Court of Appeal issued its opinion on rehearing The Gillette Company et al. v. Franchise Tax Board, Appeal A130803. September 2012 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. August 16, 2012 Briefing UPDATE: California Court of Appeal Vacates Decision Allowing Taxpayers to Elect Multistate Tax Compact Income Apportionment In an unexpected development last week, the Court of Appeal, on its own motion, ordered a rehearing and vacated its July 24 decision and opinion. August 2012 Briefing California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayers’ Multistate Tax Compact Income Apportionment Elections In Gillette Company et al. v. Franchise Tax Board, the California Court of Appeal held that taxpayers are allowed to elect to use the equally weighted income apportionment formula provided in the Multistate Compact, notwithstanding California legislation which requires use of a double-weighted sales factor. June 2012 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. April 19, 2012 Briefing California Changes its Position on Deductibility of Real Property Taxes After months of telling California taxpayers that the only deductible real property taxes are those assessed on the basis of value, i.e., ad valorem taxes, the Franchise Tax Board recently acknowledged that its advice was wrong. March 2012 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. January 25, 2012 Briefing IRS Concludes Attorney Fees Related to Generic Drug Patent Infringement Lawsuits Must be Capitalized In a recent Chief Counsel Memorandum, the Internal Revenue Service concluded (contrary to an established industry custom) that attorney fees incurred for investigatory patent research and to defend actions for patent infringement in connection with the filing of abbreviated new drug applications were not deductible and instead must be capitalized. December 2011 Briefing State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. September 26, 2011 Briefing “Amazon Tax” Delayed: California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Postponing Remote-Seller Nexus Provisions California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 155 into law last Friday, September 23, 2011. Authored by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, AB 155 adds and repeals section 6203 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and takes effect immediately. September 2011 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. August 12, 2011 Briefing California Supreme Court OK’s Certain Local Tax Class Actions The California Supreme Court’s decision in Ardon v. Los Angeles clarifies that in certain circumstances, taxpayers can use class actions to seek refunds from local governments. June 2011 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. May 11, 2011 Briefing Taxpayers May be Able to Avoid Penalties for Abusive Tax Avoidance Transactions and Offshore Financial Arrangements by Participating in California’s Voluntary Compliance Initiative II Taxpayers who participated in various so-called abusive tax avoidance transactions (“ATAT”), or have unreported income from offshore financial arrangements, for any taxable year beginning before January 1, 2011, may be able to receive relief from most tax penalties and criminal prosecution under California’s new Voluntary Compliance Initiative II (“VCI II”). April 2011 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. January 20, 2011 Briefing Dramatic Illinois Income Tax Rate Increase The Illinois General Assembly on January 11th passed SB 2505, which was signed into law on January 13th, dramatically increasing Illinois’ individual and corporate income tax rates. December 2010 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. September 3, 2010 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. November 30, 2009 Briefing New Ten Percent Penalty Imposed in California for Failure to Timely Report Changes in Control Effective January 1, 2010, if a legal entity fails to file a change in control statement within 45 days of the earlier of: 1) the date of the change in control or the change in ownership of the corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other legal entity; or, 2) the date of a written request by the State Board of Equalization, then a penalty of 10 percent of the taxes applicable to the new base year value of the subject real property will be added to the subject property’s assessment. September 10, 2009 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report – Property Tax Edition Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. May 28, 2009 Briefing Reminder from the State And Local Tax Group Regarding Upcoming Deadlines for California Taxpayers As a reminder for those contemplating filing, May 31, 2009 is the deadline for a corporation to file amended California franchise tax returns to avoid California’s new mandatory 20 percent penalty on a corporate taxpayer’s understatement of tax in excess of $1 million. May 1, 2008 Briefing California State Assessed Property Valuation Work Continues at State Board of Equalization The annual property tax assessment process relating to certain telephone companies, railroads, gas and electric companies, and other utilities continues to develop in California. March 10, 2008 Briefing State and Local Tax Briefing: California State Assessed Property Valuation Work Underway at State Board of Equalization The annual property tax assessment process relating to certain telephone companies, railroads, gas and electric companies, and other utilities is well underway in California. March 4, 2008 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. September 18, 2007 Newsletter State and Local Tax Report Winston & Strawn's State and Local Tax Report covers topics of interest to the firm's clients in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, state income tax, documentary transfer tax, as well as many other state and local taxes. May 15, 2007 Briefing State Tax Alert: Proposed Illinois Gross Receipts Tax In his budget address delivered on March 7, Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed that Illinois adopt a gross receipts tax to fund his policy initiatives and address the state’s increasing budget deficits. June 15, 2006 Briefing Stock Option Award Timing: A Hot Button Issue Recently, the news media have been awash in stories regarding the alleged “backdating” of stock option grants—primarily to high-level executives—by publicly traded companies. Although the controversy has its roots in an SEC investigation dating back to 2005, the issue gained prominence following a March 18, 2006, Wall Street Journal analysis and numerous ensuing investigations by the SEC and the Department of Justice. September 2002 Article Illinois Taxpayer Refuses to Settle-And Wins Important FSC Case Firm Authors: Robert F. Denvir, Alan V. Lindquist Madison Dearborn Partners Acquisition of Sage Products Representation of Sage Products, Inc., a leading healthcare products manufacturer, in connection with its sale to Madison Dearborn Partners. Significant Cases of Robert F. Denvir Robert Denvir serves as chairman of the firm’s tax department, and focuses his practice exclusively on tax controversy matters, including representation of clients in federal and state audits, appeals, administrative hearings, and litigation.

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Winston & Strawn LLP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include antitrust & trade regulations, employment & labor relations, intellectual property, taxation & trusts, and estates. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository operates as a nonprofit food distribution and food center providing food for hungry people. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to adults and children in Cook County every year. The Food Depository's programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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