Pete Lowy, a nationally-recognized tax controversy attorney, has rejoined the national law firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka as a shareholder in Houston. Most recently, Lowy served as legal counsel for an independent global exploration and production company. His experience also includes more than a decade handling U.S. federal and state tax controversies for Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell. He has also previously served as attorney advisor to the United States Tax Court.
At Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Lowy will assist large companies and other taxpayers in all phases of complex tax controversy matters including audits, appeals and litigation, as well as assist taxpayers in developing strategies to avoid controversies, advise on issues related to cross-border transactions and transfer pricing, and advise on tax compliance and planning issues.
“We are excited to have Pete back in our Houston office,” said Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s managing shareholder Wayne Risoli. “His extensive tax controversy experience working with some of Houston’s largest corporations is a valuable addition to our nationally-recognized tax practice.”
During his career, Lowy has handled more than 100 tax cases involving a broad range of issues including transfer pricing, debt/equity, complex structured transactions, domestic oil & gas tax issues, worthless securities, deductibility of fines, deductibility of charitable contributions, valuations and many others. He has participated in more than 80 successful settlements of docketed cases and administrative appeals, included cases where the amounts in issue have exceeded $1 billion.
Lowy holds an undergraduate degree with honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a law degree with honors from Tulane University Law School and a master of law degree from New York University School of Law. He is heavily involved in the legal community. He currently chairs the Energy & Environmental Taxes Committee and is a member of the Appointments to The Tax Court Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. He is also a former chair of the Court Procedure and Practice Committee of ABA’s Section of Taxation. Additionally, he has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Houston Law Center and Texas Southern University Law School, teaching tax controversies and is widely published on tax audits and litigation-related subjects. Dedicated to pro bono work, Lowy devotes substantial time each year to represent underprivileged taxpayers. Recognized for his public service, he received the ABA Tax Section’s Pro Bono Award in 2003 and the New York State Courts’ "Access to Justice" Pro Bono Service Award in 2014.
About Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Chamberlain Hrdlicka is a diversified business law firm with offices in Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. The firm represents both public and private companies as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. In addition to tax planning and tax controversy, the firm offers corporate, securities and finance, employment law and employee benefits, energy law, estate planning and administration, intellectual property, international and immigration law, commercial and business litigation, real estate and construction law.