Edward L. Froelich

Edward L. Froelich

Of Counsel

Washington D.C., (202) 778-1646


Thomas Aquinas College (B.A., 1988)
Catholic University of America (M.A., 1991)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1994)
Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1999)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Hon. John P. Wiese, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1994-1995)

Edward Froelich represents clients in audit and litigation on all Federal tax issues. He is a former trial attorney of the Department of Justice Tax Division where he litigated numerous cases, including complex corporate refund cases. In private practice he continues to litigate cases and represents clients in administrative controversies at both the audit and appeals level before the IRS. His litigation experience has been crucial to securing favorable resolutions of matters with the IRS and the Department of Justice. His representation is varied and includes large public companies, privately-held companies, partnerships, trusts, and individuals. Many of his clients are in the financial, technology, and real estate industries. He has successfully dealt with a variety of issues including international tax, transfer pricing, employment withholding, research credit, and accounting method issues. He also regularly defends clients against a variety of civil tax penalties including delinquency and accuracy-related penalties and advises on privilege and work product questions. He also advises on related procedural issues including obligation to file information returns such as those relating to foreign assets and transactions, employment taxes or payment card transactions.

Illustrative representations:

  • Obtained a favorable settlement in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for two insurance companies seeking a refund of over $170M relating to taxes paid on the revocation of an election under Section 953(d) (allowing for domestic status of a foreign insurance company), with the potential result of deemed Section 367 transfers of assets and tax on built-in gain.
  • Advised on foreign asset disclosure obligations for U.S. members of Swiss verein.
  • Assisted major service provider in preparation of protest of $300M transfer pricing adjustment and obtained Appeals concession.
  • Settled on favorable terms for a banking client a dispute involving what the IRS characterized as a double-deduction transaction under Section 351.
  • Advised public company regarding foreign tax credit redetermination events under Section 905(c), with respect to the United Kingdom and Canadian tax treaties.
  • Advised several companies on withholding obligations regarding wages and outbound royalty payments and successfully negotiated agreements for payment of delinquent taxes with the IRS.
  • Advises clients on foreign bank account reporting issues both at a corporate and individual level and represented numerous clients in the OVDP and Streamlined Compliance programs.
  • Advises clients in connection with compliance issues including those involving the scope and application of FATCA and reporting obligations under IRC section 6050W.

Mr. Froelich is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, which is a nonprofit professional association of tax lawyers in private practice, recognized for their excellence in tax practice and for their substantial contributions and commitment to the profession. Mr. Froelich is also the author of the United States Chapters of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review and The Transfer Pricing Review, both published by Law Business Research and is a co-author of BNA’s The Section 7525 Tax Practitioner-Taxpayer Privilege and Related Issues (Portfolio 5511) and of the upcoming BNA portfolio on privileges and protections.

Edward Froelich has been recognized by both The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA. He has been named as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA from 2013-2019. In 2018, Mr. Froelich was listed by The Legal 500 US in the “Recommended” category and has been listed in Chambers USA in the area of Tax: Controversy.

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