Douglas W. Charnas

Doug advises businesses on a broad range of individual, corporate and partnership matters, including business formations, operations, acquisitions, reorganizations, taxes and controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, motor fuels and professional services. He has extensive experience advising business owners on succession and complex estate planning issues and representing nonprofit organizations on an array of legal issues, including tax, governance, compensation and business transactions.

In addition to training associate lawyers through the firm’s mentoring relationships program, Doug is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, where he teaches a course on S corporations and limited liability companies in the LLM program in tax. He also teaches a course on S corporations and limited liability companies to IRS lawyers nationwide through the Georgetown University Law Center/IRS Office of Chief Counsel Continuing Legal Education Program. He is a frequent contributor to legal updates and client briefings distributed by McGuireWoods. He co-authored and edited a comprehensive handbook for tax-exempt organizations regarding public disclosure requirements, as well as a handbook for independent insurance agents regarding business structures and taxation.

Doug is a member of the ABA Section of Taxation and Section of Business Law; the D.C. Bar Section of Taxation and the Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Section; the J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court, where he currently serves as secretary and treasurer; and The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE). He is general counsel to, and a director and secretary and treasurer of the S&R Foundation; general counsel to and secretary of the James J. Norris Foundation for Migrants and Refugees and the Divino Amore Foundation; and general counsel to the National Catholic Community Foundation and the Bill Raskob Foundation. He is a former member of the Board of Visitors of the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College and a former regional vice president of alumni affairs of Case Western Reserve Law School.

Before joining private practice, Doug was acting assistant to the chief counsel for the IRS, the lead IRS lawyer for the Windfall Profit Tax, and a senior attorney/advisor in the Legislation and Regulations Division.

While attending Ohio University, Doug was a member of Pi Gamma Mu, National Honorary Society for the Social Sciences, and a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Studies in Classical Greek.

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Areas of Practice 1) Tax, 2) Corporate, 3) Mergers and Acquisitions, 4) Private Wealth Services, 5) Restructuring and Insolvency, 6) Labor and Employment, 7) Energy Regulation, 8) Federal Tax Controversy and Litigation, 9) International Tax, 10) Transactional Tax and 11) Distressed Real Estate
Law School Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.,1983 ; Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Education Ohio University, A.B., 1975
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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