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David C. Gair

D: 469.320.6046
T: 214.954.4135 F: 469.320.6845

Sherie Smith
D: 469.320.6103
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2006
  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Editor, Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, 2003-2005; Clinical Practice Award: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic; Scholastic Excellence Award: Labor Law., 2005
  • M.A., Middlebury College, 1999
  • B.A., Bates College, 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2007
  • Colorado, 2005
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2011
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2010
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas, 2010
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2007
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 2008
  • United States District Court, Western District of Colorado, 2007
  • United States Tax Court, 2006
  • Spanish - Fluent

David Gair is an established tax attorney who is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He offers his insight into tax matters on his blog, Texas Tax Talk.

David focuses on tax matters and tax litigation in the United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Bankruptcy Courts and the United States District Courts. David's representation involves complex international and domestic civil and criminal matters.

He also does a significant amount of administrative controversy work. This often involves representation of clients who are under criminal investigation, a civil audit or who have serious IRS collection concerns.

David's practice also involves business and estate planning for entrepreneurs and businesses with a focus on minimization of all taxes including income, estate, gift, GST, and sales/use tax. His holistic style of planning involves examining solutions that best serve the client from the myriad of taxation, liability concerns, and other regulatory issues.

David was admitted to practice in Texas in 2007 and in Colorado in 2005.

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Representative Experience

IRS, State Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation / Controversy Work

  • Representation of clients in IRS criminal matters, voluntary disclosures, representation of clients in pre-indictment investigations resulting in no indictments being filed.
  • Successfully represented a Certified Public Accountant in a half-million dollar IRS Trust Fund Recovery Case
  • Obtained a 100% abatement of a multi-million dollar IRS Jeopardy Assessment.
  • Successfully obtained a reversal of a wrongful income tax assessment and wage levy relief.
  • Handled IRS audits of various corporations and individuals.
  • Successful representation of clients with state tax issues, including, property taxes and sales and use taxes.
  • Obtained double taxation relief for clients through IRS private letter ruling requests.
  • Successfully represented clients in Estate and Gift tax Valuation matters.
  • Filed and obtained relief of tax liabilities through offers-in-compromise and other administrative remedies with the Internal Revenue Service and state taxation authorities.
  • Obtained significant tax refunds for clients through refund actions both administratively and through U.S. District Court and the Court of Federal Claims actions.
  • Representation of Certified Public Accountants before the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, Malpractice litigation, and the Board of Accountancy.

Estate Planning, Probate & Transactional Work

  • Counseling clients on all phases of estate planning and the preparation of wills and various forms of trusts to effect property transfer goals and minimize estate and gift taxes.
  • Designing and implementing multiple family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies and trusts for family owned assets.
  • Representing clients in numerous Will probates and in administration of the estate.
  • Corporate and Partnership tax planning for entrepreneurial business owners.
  • Structuring and documenting sales and purchases of business entities and business properties.
  • Counseling and Planning for troubled businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Creating business entities such as corporations, limited liability companies, and professional associations.
  • Prepared tax opinions on various matters, including 1031 Exchanges, Prohibited Transactions for IRAs, listed transactions.

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations


  • Council Member, Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas (2016 - 2019)
  • State Bar Advanced Tax Law and Tax Law 101, Committee Member (2011 - present)
  • Texas Bar Association, Section on Taxation, Leadership Academy Participant (2012 - 2013)
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, 2015 Annual Meeting Committee, Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Tax Council of the Tax Section of the Dallas Bar Association (2014 - 2015)
  • Vice Chair, Tax Controversy Committee, State Bar of Texas Tax Section (2013)

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Tax Section - Vice Chair (2016)
  • AVANCE-Dallas - Board of Directors - Board Secretary (2012 - present)
  • State Bar of Texas' Tax Section, assisted pro se taxpayers in U.S. Tax Court
  • Member, Planning Committee for the State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation’s Annual Meeting
  • Member, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
  • Graduate, Glass Leadership Institute, Anti-Defamation League


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Tax Law (2016)
  • Named a "Rising Star" (2010 - 2013) and a "Super Lawyer" (2014 - 2015) by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine
  • Selected as an “Outstanding Attorney Under 40” by the Cardozo Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (2014)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas, Tax Litigation, by D Magazine (2014)