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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Death of Richard Jacobus

JacobusI am saddened to report that former Senior Litigation Counsel Richard Jacobus died on December 1, 2013 of complications from cancer:

Richard was a major force during his 10 year career at the Tax Division. He came here in 2000 as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Trial Section, Eastern Region, where he had also worked as a Summer Law Intern. Immediately prior to joining the Tax Division, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Reginald Gibson of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Just six years after joining the Tax Division, Richard was named a Senior Litigation Counsel. He handled many notable cases, most of which resulted in victories, and he achieved savings to the United States Treasury totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. ...

But Richard's courthouse accomplishments do not do him justice. Richard was kind and generous with his colleagues. A prodigious writer, Richard could produce beautifully written, thoroughly researched, persuasive briefs or letters in almost no time at all. Indeed, he often did so on a Blackberry while attending a deposition. Even after Richard left the Division for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in 2009, his heart remained with the Tax Division. He wrote numerous articles for Tax Notes and other publications countering views offered by the private tax bar. And he maintained at his own expense a PACER account so he could keep up on briefs filed for and against the Tax Division and provide advice and support to his former colleagues. Indeed, in at least one case, Richard had read the opponent's brief and suggested the necessary reply arguments before the trial attorney had even seen the other side's brief.

Prior to obtaining his law degree from George Mason School of Law in 1997, Richard worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He obtained his accounting degree from University of Houston in 1985, and began his career at what was then known as the Big Five accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company. Richard had only recently retired in the spring of this year.

Although I never met Richard, he was a loyal reader and friend of TaxProf Blog who sent me dozens of tips each year.  (Hat Tip: David Weisbach.)

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Comments

Richard was a great trial lawyer and I had the honor of working for him on several high profile cases. I too am saddened by his sudden departure from us and will miss exchanging emails and thoughts on various tax and other topics.

Posted by: Bruce Dubinsky | Feb 19, 2014 9:33:20 PM

Richard's death is a great loss to the tax community. His writing ability was, to some extent, astounding and always humbling. Reading his work was a pleasure; editing it was an education.

Posted by: Michael J. Salem | Feb 20, 2014 11:43:41 AM