Mr. Harris is a Partner with Harris Winick Harris LLP. Ken's practice is primarily devoted to structuring, negotiating and implementing tax efficient solutions for his client’s transactional and general business needs. He has represented clients in a broad range of tax planning matters, including acquisitions and dispositions (tax-free reorganizations, joint ventures, spin-offs, split-offs and related business combinations and dispositions), business formation transactions and internal restructurings, cross-border transactions and international tax planning, real estate acquisitions and dispositions (including like-kind exchange transactions), and partnership and S corporation planning. Ken also advises corporations (public and privately held), partnerships and individuals on federal and state tax controversies. His controversy practice involves representation of corporations, individuals and trusts and estates in every phase of the administrative and judicial tax controversy process, with particular focus on assisting clients in formulating audit strategies and effectively dealing with the IRS and other taxing authorities, including preparing responses to, and where appropriate, contesting IDRs and administrative summonses, requesting field service, technical advice and private letter rulings, and advocating and negotiating for clients before IRS Appeals. Ken has also been engaged on numerous occasions to provide consulting and expert witness services in tax-related litigation matters.
Ken is the co-author of the Standards of Tax Practice (6th ed. 2004), a leading treatise in the field of tax ethics. In addition, for more than 10 years, Ken has taught the tax practice/ethics course as an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University Law School. Ken was elected in 2006 as a Fellow to the American College of Tax Counsel. Ken has also been recognized as a leader in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business (recommended in “Tax”) and The Best Lawyers in America since 2006, was included in the Leading Lawyers Network (Tax Law: Business), was recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2014, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers 2014 edition.
J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1985)
LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law (1988)
B.A., Hamilton College summa cum laude
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