Texas Law Firm Brown, PC Announces Creation of Asset Forfeiture Group

Multidisciplinary team formed in response to rising asset forfeiture prosecutions

Aug 19, 2013, 10:00 ET from Brown, PC

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Brown, PC, the Texas-based boutique law firm with a nationwide practice in tax controversy and tax litigation, announces the creation of its Asset Forfeiture Group, a multidisciplinary team of veteran attorneys, certified public accountants, financial investigators and former agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

As state and federal authorities increasingly work to seize assets in white-collar, tax and criminal prosecutions, the Brown, PC Asset Forfeiture Group aggressively defends clients against overreaching and unlawful seizures. The group is led by firm founder Lawrence Brown and Steve Jumes, veteran asset forfeiture and white-collar defense attorneys who represent businesses and individuals across the country. Mr. Brown's track record representing clients in complex federal tax matters dates back more than two decades.

Criminal and civil forfeiture cases are on the rise as cash-strapped local governments seek to address budget shortfalls by aggressively seizing assets.

"Asset forfeiture task forces are now working in all major U.S. metropolitan areas and attempting to seize assets in every possible case," says Mr. Brown. "Asset forfeiture creates tremendous hardship for businesses and individuals, often jeopardizing the viability of a business and threatening jobs and livelihoods."

The Brown Asset Forfeiture team protects clients' assets as a component of the firm's larger tax controversy, tax litigation and white-collar defense work. The firm regularly is engaged by criminal defense firms as a separate component of larger criminal defense cases.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture attorney, Mr. Jumes provides an insider's understanding of forfeiture techniques used by authorities.

"These complicated cases require aggressive, sophisticated representation," Mr. Jumes says. "We're able to quickly assemble an expert team that knows the law and how the other side thinks."

A former trial attorney in the Justice Department Tax Division in Washington, D.C., Mr. Brown has successfully represented clients in some of the highest-dollar forfeiture prosecutions ever pursued by U.S. law enforcement.

Founded in 1992, Brown, PC represents clients in the most complex IRS audits and appeals, civil tax litigation, IRS criminal tax matters and IRS tax collection disputes. The firm's clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals and businesses located throughout the United States and around the world. Visit the firm online at http://www.browntax.com and http://www.brownassetforfeiture.com/.

For more information on the additions at Brown, PC, please contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or barry@androvett.com.