The audio webcast program will cover attorney client privilege and work product protection issues in federal tax controversy and related litigation, including an emerging issue with respect to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the payment of legal fees. The webcast program provides ethics CLE credit, and will proceed as a series of hypotheticals which prompt discussion on the retention of accountants to assist attorneys in civil and criminal litigation and the various issues facing the accountant and attorney.
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Privilege & Work Product Protection for Attorneys and Accountants in Federal Controversies & Litigation
Speakers: Ian Comisky, Philadelphia, PA,
Bruce A. Zimet, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ian Comisky, Blank Rome LLP, 1980 - Present, White Collar Crime Department. Mr. Comisky concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and criminal tax litigation, anti-money laundering compliance and complex corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Comisky is the co-author of Tax Fraud and Evasion. Mr. Comisky represents both corporations and individuals in criminal tax investigations (both administrative and grand jury), tax litigation in the Tax Court, Claims Court and District Courts, jeopardy and termination assessment litigation, summons enforcement litigation, as well as responsible officer penalty and collection matters. Mr. Comisky graduated from the U. of Pa. Law School where he serves as an adjunct professor and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Bruce A. Zimet, a member of The Florida Bar since 1976, is a 1976 graduate of the Washington College of Law at the American University where he was a member of the Law Review. He began practicing in 1976 at the Broward County Public Defenders Office, where he tried numerous felony cases, including homicides. In 1978, Mr. Zimet became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. He remained in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for nearly six years, the final two years as Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern Division (Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce). During Mr. Zimet’s tenure he conducted major complex grand jury investigations and tried numerous high profile cases involving public corruption, sophisticated white collar fraud and financial crimes. Mr. Zimet also represented the United States before the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Zimet has been in the private practice of law in Ft. Lauderdale since 1983.