Freeman represents members of the accounting profession as firms and accountants navigate a complex regulatory environment.
- Our founding and managing partner is a dual-credentialed attorney-CPA and served as the Chairman of the Texas Society of CPAs—an organization that boasts the largest number of CPAs among any state CPA society in the United States. We bring a unique understanding of the nuanced state, federal, and even international regulatory environment within which accounting firms operate.
- Freeman has been ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as a “Tier 1” law firm for tax law. Our attorneys have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America list, recognized by Chambers & Partners as among the leading tax and litigation attorneys in the United States, and recognized as the “Leading Tax Controversy Litigation Attorney of the Year” for the State of Texas.
- Our attorneys include former IRS trial attorneys, former clerks to the Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court, tax law professors, dual-credentialed CPAs, and attorneys with advanced LL.M. tax degrees from the most prestigious tax programs in the nation. One-third of our attorneys serve as law professors at tier one law schools.
Legal Counsel for Accounting Firms
Freeman provides legal counsel to accounting firms and the accounting profession, serving as outside counsel, managing regulatory risk, providing outsourced tax opinions and client-focused representations, and representing accountants and their firms in civil malpractice litigation. We represent accountants and accounting firms before the IRS and Department of Justice in civil preparer and criminal investigations and subpoena productions.
With years of experience representing the accounting industry, our legal team provides a unique and intimate understanding of the accounting industry and the regulatory environment within which accountants and accounting firms operate.
Freeman is a sophisticated boutique, hyper focused on advancing our clients’ interests. Our attorneys bring big-firm talent, think-tank intellect, and analytical precision—all from a responsive, boutique model that is focused on one thing: Our clients. Known for providing creative and innovative solutions to complex problems, we maintain close working relationships with federal and state authorities, due in large part to our commitment to leadership in the industry and our reputation.
Representing the Accounting Sector
Freeman helps accountants and accounting firms confront, manage, and avoid complex legal risks. We provide transaction-oriented legal counsel, assisting accounting firms with a variety of needs, including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Corporate governance
- Partnership law and governance
- Tax opinions
- Penalty defense
A Strong Defense: Accountants and Professional Liability
Freeman’s attorneys are experienced in representing clients in professional liability matters. Our accounting-focused representations range from civil malpractice defense to regulatory investigations, including investigations and actions by:
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
- State boards of accountancy
Accounting professionals are, regrettably, frequent targets of regulatory and civil legal actions. We defend accounting firms and professionals, offering unique insight into the profession and aggressive, savvy counsel. As a “go-to” litigation firm, Freeman’s attorneys are well-versed in high-stakes litigation and bring a deep accounting background.
The right move at the right time can mean the difference between the right outcome and the wrong one. Strategic victories are no accident. We begin thinking through the end game from day one. And we have tactical trial experience built on strategic approaches that keep the big picture in mind.
Freeman represents accountants and accounting firms with high-caliber legal counsel in a range of matters, including:
- Compliance with professional codes of conduct
- Risk management
- Professional liability
- Disciplinary defense
- IRS civil preparer investigations and penalties
- Criminal investigations and subpoena