Branded as accountants, actuaries or worse, we tax lawyers feel inferior. Like Rodney Dangerfield, we get no respect. True, we are hardly lions of the legal community: among Clarence Darrow, F. Lee Bailey, Johnny Cochran and Melvin Belli, not one was a tax lawyer. Even in fiction, we get short shrift: There's no tax lawyer to found among Perry Mason, Atticus Finch, Ally McBeal, Matlock, or The Practice's brooding Bobby Donnell. (Needless to say, Elle, of Legally Blonde fame, didn't become a tax lawyer.)
The only fictional exception was Tom Cruise as a suave young tax lawyer in The Firm. But to make tax lawyers interesting, author John Grisham had to invent a Mafia-controlled law firm run amok in money laundering and murder. What do real-life tax lawyers do, anyway?