Former Senior IRS Official De Lon Harris Joins Skadden

Skadden is pleased to announce that De Lon Harris has joined the firm’s Tax Controversy and Litigation Group in our Washington, D.C. office as a senior advisor for tax resolution strategies.

With more than three decades of experience at the IRS, Mr. Harris will advise clients on a wide range of tax controversy matters. Mr. Harris held numerous executive positions at the IRS, starting in its Independent Office of Appeals, where he led the design and implementation of the Appeals judicial approach and culture policy. He also served as an executive in the IRS Large Business & International (LB&I) Operating Division, where he designed and implemented IRS examination programs, including the LB&I campaign program, the large corporate compliance program and the compliance assurance process.

Most recently, Mr. Harris served as commissioner of the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Operating Division, where he managed the administration of service and enforcement examination programs for individual and corporate income taxes as well as employment, estate, gift and excise taxes. Additionally, he helped direct the Bank Secrecy Act program and the Office of Promoter Investigations. In leading the agency’s enforcement strategies for several high-profile issues, including the research credit, Mr. Harris worked closely with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and all business operating divisions, the Department of the Treasury, congressional offices and other stakeholders. He also played a key role in the implementation of recently enacted tax legislation, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, numerous pandemic relief acts and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“We are thrilled to welcome De Lon to the firm,” Raj Madan, head of Skadden’s Washington, D.C. Tax Group, said. “De Lon was a key member of the IRS’ senior executive team for many years and his extensive tax skill set will be enormously valuable in supporting our lawyers.”

“I am excited to join the distinguished tax team at Skadden and look forward to working with the firm’s lawyers to help clients navigate their most challenging issues,” Mr. Harris said.

Mr. Harris received his master’s certificate from George Washington University and his B.S. from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.