Michael E. Baillif
Former Principal, Ernst and Young LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Claremont McKenna; J.D., Yale; LL.M., Georgetown
Michael Baillif currently serves as Attorney Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate within the Internal Revenue Service. In this role, he specializes in a number...Continue Reading
Michael Baillif currently serves as Attorney Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate within the Internal Revenue Service. In this role, he specializes in a number of subject areas, including IRS appeals, tax examinations, and international income reporting obligations. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on ethics and professional responsibilities, income tax accounting, and tax policy. Over time, he has developed a broad range of experience in the areas of tax law, compliance and risk management, professional services malpractice, conflict resolution, and litigation of various sorts.
Previously, he served as Associate General Counsel for Ernst & Young LLP, in which capacity he represented the Firm in compliance and risk management issues and client controversies arising out of the Firm's tax practice.
Prior to becoming Associate General Counsel, he was a Partner in the Accounting Methods Group within Ernst & Young's National Tax Department where he provided tax consulting services and advocacy representation on complex tax issues to sophisticated clients. He also led a diverse team of geographically dispersed professionals in developing and implementing a nationwide tax service offering. Before joining Ernst & Young, he practiced in the area of tax litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, and Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C.
He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and an LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Subsequent to graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James S. Halpern on the United States Tax Court.