Robert Trott focuses his practice on tax controversy and planning, as well as business transactions. As a member of the Tax Law and Business Transactions teams, Rob helps businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals navigate the often subtle and complex tax implications of their transactions. He has extensive experience representing clients in tax matters, with an emphasis on creative solutions and effective negotiation that drive the best resolutions, in the shortest amount of time, and in a way that minimizes any unnecessary waste of resources. Rob has counseled and represented private U.S. and international clients, as well as foreign, federal, state, and local governmental entities, to resolve a broad array of matters in every type of forum, including IRS and other administrative hearings, courts, appeals procedures, and other legal forums and types of proceedings.
Rob began his career in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he supported senior attorneys in a wide variety of practice areas. He then joined Nixon Peabody, where he was a member of the Tax, Global Transactions, and Corporate practice groups, before going into private practice. Rob is also Treasurer and a long-serving member on the board of directors of a national literary non-profit that organizes and hosts North America’s largest literary conference.
Rob received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where he also worked for the Michigan Innocence Clinic, Child Advocacy Clinic, the Trial Practice Clinic, the Michigan Unemployment Advocacy Project, and participated in the NALSA Moot Court Competition. He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law, cum laude, an M.F.A. in English from Queens University, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia.