G. Michelle Ferreira - Greenberg Traurig LLP

G. Michelle Ferreira

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

G. Michelle Ferreira counsels individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards. As a former tax litigator for the Internal Revenue Service, Michelle brings unique experience to clients who have complex and sensitive tax and penalty disputes. Michelle represents clients before the IRS, and state and local tax agencies at the audit, collection, appeals and litigation stages.

Michelle was the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar in 2009-2010. She frequently speaks on topics of tax controversy and tax procedure before professional associations for both lawyers and accountants, and she was an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Taxation Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Outside of the office, Michelle is involved in a wide array of tax professional organizations and has established key relationships with IRS and state taxing agency executives. She is nationally recognized for her audit and litigation experience in estate and gift tax disputes with the IRS, especially cases involving challenges to family limited partnerships and valuation disputes.

University of California at DavisBS 1990Santa Clara University School of LawJ.D. 1995
San Francisco Tax ClubSan Francisco Estate Planning CouncilNational Association of State Bar, Tax Section, Executive Committee American Bar Association, Taxation SectionGolden Gate University School of Tax

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Tax compliance advice
  • Civil tax disputes, including audits, appeals and collection matters 
  • Offshore income tax disputes, foreign income, bank and asset reporting and related penalty assessments
  • Complex tax litigation
  • Criminal tax investigations and litigation
  • Tax penalties
  • Tax shelter investigations, audit and litigation
  • Taxing agencies’ information document requests
  • Tax procedure
  • Tax shelter promoter audits and investigations
  • Estate and gift tax disputes

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court
Significant Representations

Office Location

Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94111-5983
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Controversy - Tax of the San Francisco Metro Area
G. Michelle Ferreira has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law

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