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Department Of Justice Seeks ~$7 Million In Back Taxes From Biglaw Partner And Family Member

Big pile of cash money and some gold coinsLast week, the Department of Justice filed a civil complaint against Williams & Connolly partner Robert Shaughnessy, and family member Susan Shaughnessy.

The case was filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia on Thursday. All told, the government is seeking $6.98 million in taxes, which they alleged includes unpaid taxes dating back to 2001.

As detailed in the complaint:

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According to the complaint, “Despite notice and demand for payment of the assessments … [the defendants] have neglected or refused to make full payment of those assessments to the United States.”

Robert Shaughnessy has worked at the litigation powerhouse since 1988, and made partner in 1996. According to his firm biography, he specializes in commercial torts, false advertising, contract disputes, class actions, trademarks, copyrights, product liability, and environmental matters. According to reporting by Reuters, Shaughnessy’s clients include chemicals companies Daikin America Inc and Chemguard Inc, and agriculture and pharmaceuticals company Bayer AG.

Neither the Shaughnessys nor Williams & Connolly (the firm is not party to the lawsuit) have commented on the litigation.

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