Kenneth H. Silverberg

Ken Silverberg is an experienced tax attorney and former CPA-partner at Arthur Andersen & Co. He focuses on tax controversies, including tax audits, appeals and litigation against the IRS and state departments of taxation. He also represents numerous nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the health care, education and trade association sectors.

What do you focus on?

Tax Controversy Practice

I help clients resolve their IRS and state tax problems as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Most of my clients prefer to settle their tax disputes quickly and finally, and I help them do that. However, it’s sometimes necessary for them to litigate, and when we do, we usually win.


Washington is the home of many unique nonprofit organizations as well as the health care, charitable and education organizations found in most large cities. Their tax issues, governance matters and business transactions often require unique solutions. I’ve spent 40 years helping them design and secure those solutions.

Individuals, Trusts and Estates

My practice has always included providing tax advice and estate planning to individuals. I have frequently served as an executor or trustee for these clients, who are residents of DC, Maryland or Virginia, the three jurisdictions in which I practice.

What do you see on the horizon?

The IRS and numerous states are aggressively seeking additional revenue. They are asserting new theories of taxation and reaching beyond their traditional geographic borders. Businesses and individuals need to be equally aggressive and creative to assure they don’t pay more than their fair share of taxes.

The U.S. government will increase its use of the tax code to regulate the actions of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit boards and managers must become more aware of the tax impact of their decisions.


  • “Seizing upon Opportunity Zones and Creating Value,” AIAI P3 Conference, Washington, DC, November 2018

Representative Experience

  • General Motors Corporation v. Commonwealth of Virginia
    General Motors Corporation v. Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Taxation, 268 Va. 289, 602 S.E. 2d 123 (2004).
  • Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury v. Gannett Co., Inc.
    Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury v. Gannett Co., Inc., 356 Md. 699; 741 A.2d 1130 (1999).

Compliance Hot Spots

Law.com | June 09, 2020

This roundup of white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends mentions Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Harry Kelly and Corporate partner Ken Silverberg, both of Washington, DC, for representing a businessman’s estate in a new tax case before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington.

Capitalizing on Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision could be tricky for Mass. tax collectors

Boston Globe | August 09, 2018

Washington DC Corporate partner Ken Silverberg is quoted in this article on how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the collection of sales taxes for online purchases could impact Massachusetts.

The new tax plan could impact charitable giving

Hearst Television | December 31, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this news segment about how the new tax plan may affect charitable giving.

Americans rush to pay property taxes before new year

Hearst Television | December 26, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg provides commentary in this news segment about which Americans benefitted from pre-paying their property taxes before the new tax legislation took effect.

Republicans unveil their tax overhaul plan

WCVB-TV (Hearst Television Affiliate) | November 01, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this segment about Congressional Republicans’ proposed tax code overhaul.

Episode #799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

Planet Money by NPR | October 10, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this podcast about the proposed changes to the corporate income tax.


Kenneth H. Silverberg


Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8322

Fax: 866-947-3631

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A., Economics



District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Supreme Court

Ken was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Tax Law. Kenneth has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2015.

Ken has also been recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in the Washington DC edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.

  • Adjunct professor of “Accounting & Financial Concepts for Lawyers” and “State and Local Taxes” at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, VA
  • American, District of Columbia, and Virginia bar associations
  • American and DC institutes of certified public accountants
  • Active in several local civic and charitable activities as both an officer and board member
  • General Counsel – The National Recording Preservation Foundation
  • General Counsel – SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
  • General Counsel – Rogue Sports, Inc.
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