Shannon Retzke Smith CLE Attorney

Shannon Retzke Smith



Shannon is a partner in the private client and tax team.

She represents clients in sensitive tax matters, many of which involve negotiations with government agencies. Shannon provides clients with advice on a broad range of tax, trust, estate, and business planning issues. Her work involves planning for wealthy US and international families, with particular emphasis on planning for closely held businesses. Shannon’s planning work for clients involves a range of matters, from creating tax-efficient wealth transfer structures to addressing income tax issues arising from investments and operating businesses. She has advised prominent politicians, business people and well known athletes. She is known globally as one of the go-to attorneys for individuals with US tax or reporting issues and has represented clients from over 20 countries in the last year.

She is an experienced tax controversy attorney who assists clients in resolving high-stakes, complex tax controversies. Her clients include individuals, corporations, and partnerships facing federal or state tax liability. With her extensive income tax planning background coupled with her understanding of the tax controversy process, Shannon develops strategic responses and solutions with a goal to resolve a client’s matter privately at the earliest possible point while securing the best possible result.

In addition to the traditional tax controversies, such as representing clients in an audit, she has extensive experience in advising clients on issues regarding foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) obligations, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and the Internal Revenue Service’s 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Streamlined Filing Procedure and other means of resolving US income and reporting deficiencies. Shannon has represented hundreds of U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign bank accounts.