John Barrie’s practice focuses solely in the areas of federal and state tax controversy and transactional matters. He regularly represents individuals and business entities in federal and state tax controversy matters, including before IRS Appeals Offices, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts, as well as in various state courts in state tax matters. Tax litigation and tax controversy matters have included valuation issues (valuation of art work, easements, closely held businesses), excise tax issues, summons enforcement, offshore voluntary disclosure, transfer pricing, as well as various technical Code section interpretation and documentation issues.
Mr. Barrie's transactional practice includes representing public and private businesses in taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, spin-offs, divestitures and restructurings, as well as representing clients before the IRS National Office in connection with ruling requests and technical advice.
Mr. Barrie is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation and past vice-chair of the Tax Section. He is currently Chair of Taxation of Business Entities for the New York City Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught courses in reorganizations, spin-offs and corporate tax planning and at New York Law School, where he has taught courses on corporate tax planning, S corporations and Tax Court litigation. Mr. Barrie is on the board of advisors for the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions. He was a past editor on state tax matters for State Tax Notes and an advisor and department editor for the Journal of Multistate Taxation. Mr. Barrie has served as an attorney advisor to Hon. Leo H. Irwin, U.S. Tax Court, in Washington, D.C.