Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cono Namorato to Be DOJ Tax AAG (2/24/15)

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Cono Namorato as the Assistant Attorney General of DOJ Tax.  The announcement included the following description of Cono:
Cono R. Namorato is currently a Member of the law firm Caplin & Drysdale, a position he has held since 2006 and previously from 1978 to 2004. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Namorato served as Acting Deputy Commissioner for certain designated matters and as Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Department of the Treasury. Before beginning his career at Caplin & Drysdale, Mr. Namorato held various positions within the Tax Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 1977 to 1978, Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Criminal Section from 1973 to 1977, and Supervisory Trial Attorney and Trial Attorney from 1968 to 1973. Mr. Namorato began his career in 1963 as a Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS in the Brooklyn District. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Mr. Namorato has headed various tax-related committees and subcommittees for the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Tax Section’s Subcommittee on Criminal Tax Policy, Chair of the Committee on Tax Litigation, and Co-Chair of the Committee on Complex Criminal Litigation of the Litigation Section. Mr. Namorato received a B.B.A. from Iona College and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
JAT Comment:  I have known Cono since my earliest days at DOJ Tax in 1969.  Cono was in the Criminal Section.  I was in the Appellate Section.  Our Sections had offices adjacent to each other.  Cono befriended me earlier and I always appreciated that.  He is a class act.


  1. Jack sorry but what has this post to do with tax crimes. It seems more or less just advertising for DOJ - your former employer.

  2. Anonymous, the position of DOJ Tax AAG is the most important in the federal criminal tax system. This is a federal criminal tax blog. I dare say that most of the lawyers reading this blog -- presumably interested in federal tax matters -- are interested in this information.

    Moreover, most of the various criminal tax events reported on this blog have DOJ Tax at the center. Those events are conducted under the supervision of the DOJ Tax AAG. Who that person is and his background should be a matter of interest and concern to persons interested in Federal Tax Crimes. That is precisely why the previous holder of this position appeared frequently in the various blog entries.

    Jack Townsend


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