Principal David Shiner is a business and tax attorney focusing his practice in taxation, estate planning and corporate law. He leads the firm’s Tax & Employee Benefits Practice Group.


A certified public accountant with a master of laws in taxation, David is uniquely qualified to counsel his clients on structuring transactions, such as domestic and foreign asset protection trusts, to reduce the risk of exposure to potential creditors, as well as minimizing exposure to federal and state estate taxes, such as by using grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRAT), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRT), irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT), charitable lead annuity trusts (CLT) and charitable remainder trusts (CRT).

David battles the IRS both in administrative proceedings and in the U.S. Tax Court in gift, estate and income tax matters where hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars of taxes are at issue. David also represents clients with state income and sales tax issues with the Illinois Department of Revenue and before the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal. He has obtained Private Letter Rulings (PLR) from the IRS to secure certainty over complex transactions.

Some of his recent cases include the following:

  • Smiley v. Commissioner, Docket No. 29644-12, whether the purchaser of an overfunded pension plan must recognize taxable income and is subject to fraud penalties. (Trial March 2022)
  • Waldron v. Commissioner, Docket No. 14285-21P, whether the IRS properly certified a Seriously Delinquent Federal Tax Debt to the State Department. (Certification Reversed Sept 2021)
  • Liefer v. Commissioner, Docket No. 637-17, whether a defined value clause is valid for gift tax purposes to fix the value of a limited partnership interest gift. (Settled April 2019.)
  • Kravitz v. Commissioner, Docket No. 8651-15. Successfully obtained a no tax-due decision where the IRS issued a deficiency against four S corporation shareholders tax of over $6 million alleging inadequate basis to deduct losses (January 2019).
  • Goldstein v. Commissioner, Docket No. 361-18W. Whistleblower case to obtain recovery and information from IRS. (Settled August 2018.)
  • Newberg v. Commissioner, Docket No. 3778-16. Obtained innocent spouse relief for husband where wife was convicted for tax fraud in connection with embezzlement. (March 2017.)

David’s practice also includes providing counsel on a wide range of matters for his corporate clients such as entity formation, business succession planning, employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and tax-deferred exchanges.

He currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee and was formerly a member of the Business Development & Marketing Committee.


IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 2001
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1996
Illinois CPA (1995)
Boston University, B.S.B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1996

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1996
U.S. Tax Court, 2004
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007

Memberships & Associations
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2017 – 2024)
  • Leading Lawyer (2011 – 2024)
Community Involvement
  • Treasurer, Congregation KINS of West Rogers Park
Lectures/Speaking Engagements
  • Estate and Charitable Planning, Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (November 2021)
  • IRS Collection Procedures, Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (November 2019)
  • Tax Update, Illinois CPA Society’s O’Hare Chapter (December 2018)
  • Practical Guidelines for Managing a Decedent’s Estate, Illinois CPA Society (November 2018 & November 2017)
  • Tax Update, Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council (September 2015)
  • Midwest Accounting and Finance Showcase (co-presenter), Illinois CPA Society (August 2015)
  • Smart Business’ Family Business Conference, panelist (July 2015)
  • Tax Update, Financial Planners Association, Distinguished Speakers Series
  • Upcoming Changes to the Gift and Estate Tax, Illinois CPA Society, North Shore Chapter (November 2012)

David Shiner, a CPA with significant knowledge of the estate tax process, minimizes expenses for clients.

David Shiner regularly deals with the IRS on tax controversy matters and doesn’t back down from taking cases to trial when necessary. "We're going to fight to get the best result for our client."