Charles R. Brown - Clyde Snow & Sessions, PC
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Charles R. Brown

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999
Phone: 801-322-2516

Shareholder and Director, Estate Planning and Tax Practice Group Chair

Using his strong background in economics and in-depth understanding of tax law, Mr. Brown advises clients in business transactions, business planning, and real estate transactions. With five years experience as a trial attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and more than 40 years in private practice representing taxpayers, he possesses a unique understanding of the intricacies of both the bureaucratic and individual sides of tax issues. He has successfully represented clients in tax disputes and proceedings before the IRS and various State Tax Commissions, which includes litigation in federal and state courts. Mr. Brown leads Clyde Snow's growing tax practice.

Speaking Engagements 

  • "Ethical Implications of Practicing Business Law in a Down Economy", Idaho State Bar (2012)
  • "Federal Income Tax Issues in the Purchase and Sale of Closely Held Businesses", Utah State Bar Annual Convention (2010) 
  • "Federal Income Tax Issues in the Purchase or Sale of Closely Held Businesses", SES Seminar (2009)
  • "Tax and Business Planning Considerations for Closely Held Businesses", Utah State Bar, Fall Forum (2005) 
  • "Current Developments and Some Esoteric Pointers Involving Exchanges Under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986", Utah State Bar: Tax Section (2004) 
  • "Ethical Issues for Lawyers in a Post Enron World", Utah State Bar, and Ethics for All Program: panel discussion (2003) 
  • "Current Ethical Issues for Tax Lawyers", Utah State Bar: Tax Section (2002) 
  • "Essentials of Exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986", National Business Institute (1997–98) 
  • "Ethical and Criminal Pitfalls in Business Relations", Utah State Bar Annual Meeting: panel discussion (1993) 
  • "Tax and Related Issues in Leveraged Buy-Outs and Other Corporate Acquisitions", Third Rocky Mountain Tax Planning Institute (1990)

Pro Bono Activities
  • Legal Consultant to Centro Hispano Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 
  • Board Member, Sheila M. Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Classical opera, white water rafting, and riding his motorcycle over Utah and Idaho mountain roads 

University of OregonBA 1967University of Utah College of LawJ.D. 1971George Washington University
Utah State BarUtah State Bar CommissionersUtah State Bar Delegate to ABA House of DelegatesIdaho State BarUtah State Bar: Tax SectionAmerican Bar Association: Business Law Section & Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Office Location

One Utah Center, 13th Floor
201 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Salt Lake City Metro Area
Charles R. Brown has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Tax Law