Overview

Walter Pickhardt is an experienced advisor for clients navigating tax controversies. He has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in federal and state tax disputes at the administrative level and in court.

Federal Tax Counsel

At the federal level, Walter handles controversies relating to income and other federal taxes. He also advises clients on procedural matters, including resisting IRS summonses.

State Tax Counsel

At the state level, Walter handles controversies involving all tax types in Minnesota, with the exception of property taxes. He also advises clients regarding income and sales taxes imposed by other states.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (note editor) (1979)

Columbia University
M.A. with honors (1975)

University of Rochester
B.A. with high distinction (1974)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Ethics in Tax Practice
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017
  • New Regulations Under Section 385
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Reaching Beyond the Water’s Edge: State Taxation of Income From Foreign Subsidiaries
    Co-presenter, COST (Council on State Taxation) Midwest Regional State Tax Seminar, Minneapolis, November 2015
  • Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues and Policy Matters
    Co-presenter, COST (Council on State Taxation) Midwest Regional State Tax Seminar, Minneapolis, November 2015
  • The New IRS Enforcement Policies for IDRs
    American Law Institute, 2014
  • Apportionment: Recent Developments
    Tax Executives Institute, 2014
  • Privileges in Tax Controversies
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Summons Enforcement
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Apportionment and Sourcing After Gillette
    Strafford Publications Seminars, 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Death Penalty

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Tax Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Tax Section
  • Strafford Publications — Corporate Tax Advisory Board

Civic Activities

  • Community Dental Care — Board

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Tax Law, 1993-2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Tax, 2006-18
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Tax Section Distinguished Service Award, 2008
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