About Stu Bassin

Stu Bassin, the principal of the firm, provides clients with the benefits of experiences, skills, and innovative best practices he has developed during a 30-year career representing both the IRS and private clients in tax audit controversies and other commercial litigation. He has been a leading figure in the federal tax arena for decades. He founded The Bassin Law Firm following a long career as one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s top tax litigators and a stint as the national leader of the civil tax litigation practice of an AmLaw 100 law firm.


The U.S. Justice Department recognized his skills by naming him an Outstanding Attorney on six different occasions. His work for private clients was recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which named his prior firm as one of the country’s top 15 tax litigation firms. During 2019, he was elected to the American College of Tax Counsel, an honorary society reserved for those at the top of the profession. He is recognized as a thought leader in the profession, frequently speaking at bar association events and publishing in leading professional journals.
Stu handles a wide variety of tax matters, particularly involving disputes with the IRS. He is one of the leading tax litigators in the country and has tried many of the most prominent cases of the past decade. He also has broad expertise in civil litigation, particularly complex cases and matters involving electronic discovery questions. Often, he serves as legal counsel and advisor to small businesses on an array of general corporate and business issues. He also provides legal and operational advice to community and non-profit organizations. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, daughter, and dog. In his free time, he served on the board of his local high school crew club, provides pro bono representation to a local curling club, moderates a book club, and is involved in other community affairs. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and many federal courts.