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Associate : Matthew Chaves

Matthew Chaves Associate

Matthew Chaves is a litigator who focuses on matters involving tax controversies and offshore compliance.  He also is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching Criminal Procedure and Tax Fraud in its graduate accounting executive program.

Matthew Chaves recent representations include:

  • ●   Representation of New York Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives, who is charged in a 20-count Indictment alleging tax offenses, fraud, perjury and obstruction tied to his former ownership of a Manhattan fast-food eatery
  • ●   Representation of John Shafer, who was the screening manager of the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS in Cincinnati, Ohio in connection with allegations that the IRS treated certain organizations associated with the Tea Party unfairly when they applied for tax exempt status with the IRS.
  • ●   Representation of dozens of American citizens, living domestically and abroad, with various issues involving undeclared foreign assets, including the handling of Criminal Investigations, Offshore Voluntary Disclosures, Streamline Filing Compliance Procedures, Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures, Opting Out, and FBAR Penalty Mitigation Litigation.
  • ●   Representation of foreign advisors and bankers who are concerned about their exposure in assisting Americans with assets held outside the United States.
  • ●   Internal investigations of various Swiss banks’ purported conduct in assisting U.S. citizens in the concealment of assets.
  • ●   Representation of the former founder and managing director of Clover Asset Management, based in the Cayman Islands, who was arrested as part of a DOJ and IRS money laundering and bank fraud sting operation. After a contested sentencing, the client received a sentence of 14 months – far below the recommendation of DOJ prosecutors
  • ●   Representation of several senior executives of a national hospital corporation in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health & Human Services into alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.
  • ●   Successful representation of a Taxpayer accused of filing fraudulent tax returns. After trial, the Tax Court found that the IRS did not prove taxpayers intended to evade tax and therefore the IRS was banned from assessing $2 million in tax and penalties.


  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D.
  • University of Colorado Boulder, B.A.


  • Florida
  • Southern District of Florida
  • United States Tax Court