Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier was the first federal
tax practice in the country. Ninety years later, the Washington,
D.C.-centered firm is still known for its tax law prowess, in
addition to strong departments in litigation, international law,
government affairs and employee benefits.
Crunching Numbers for Woodrow
For a firm that would build itself on a mountain of tax filings,
Miller & Chevalier had an auspicious beginning. Robert N.
Miller, the founder of the firm, was a tax attorney who served as
solicitor of the IRS (then the Bureau of Internal Revenue) under
none other than President Woodrow Wilson. After founding the firm
in 1920, Miller also acted as an advisor to the House Ways and
Means Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation. Miller also alerted
the American Bar Association to the potential of federal tax law
practices, earning an ABA award in 1960 that honored him for his
"contribution to the development of the law and policy of federal
Death, Miller and Taxes
Today, Miller & Chevalier is still synonymous with tax law,
and the firm assists clients in tax issues ranging from
international tax to business transactions and reorganization tax
issues. Many of the firm's lawyers have experience in D.C.
buildings other than the firm's, including working in the White
House, Congress, the Treasury Department, Commerce Department,
Justice Department, Homeland Security and even the U.S. Nuclear
Two-thirds of the firm's practice is litigation, ranging from
white collar and internal investigations to ERISA issues to, of
course, those pesky tax litigation problems. The firm's government
affairs department, meanwhile, assists businesses both domestic and
foreign to comply with U.S. law. And the firm is no slouch when it
comes to reeling in the big clients: the boutique has represented a
third of the Fortune 100 as well as clients in every industry from
aerospace to mining to telecommunications.