801 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062

847.239.7555

Howard L. Stone, C.P.A., C.F.E., J.D.

EXPERIENCE:

United States Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service

  • Revenue Agent;
  • Regional Director of the IRS Organized Crime Strike Force for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin;
  • Audited small businesses and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Corporations;
  • Lead Director of the NYSE Company Audit;
  • Audited an industry leading commodity brokerage firm that engaged in fraudulent accounting methods of hiding gains and creating tax losses to avoid substantial tax liabilities;
  • Head IRS Agent in a federal grand jury investigation of a nationwide advance loan fee scheme that resulted in the prosecution and conviction of many organized crime figures;
  • IRS tax expert witness in civil tax cases.

United States Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois

  • Chief Financial Auditor and Investigator
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Case Highlights Include:
    • U.S. v. Earl Bush – In this case, we successfully prosecuted the press secretary to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley for the secretary’s involvement in a scheme to deprive the city of his services in administration of the city's business, and of making false representations to obtain money, property and other things of value for personal gain.
    • U.S. v. James Stavros – In this case, we successfully prosecuted a Wheeling Township Committee Member for extortion of builders for permits and zoning changes.
    • U.S. v. Craig – In this case, 7 state legislators and 6 cement industry executives were convicted of bribery of state legislators. Executives for ready-mix cement businesses bribed public officers and members of the Illinois Legislature to pass legislation in order to increase the amount of ready-mix cement which industry trucks could haul on Illinois roads. The use of complex methods of investigation allowed us to obtain the facts necessary to convict both the state legislators and the business executives involved in the scheme.

Some Private Practice Highlights

  • Criminal and civil counsel to individuals, corporate entities,  CEOs, officers and owner-shareholders;
  • Developed healthcare compliance programs even before they were mandated by law;
  • Represented high ranking government elected officials in tax and legal compliance matters;
  • Successfully represented national and international concrete companies to prove to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Transportation Board that a road design was flawed and favored asphalt pavements when concrete pavements should have been the choice - This case was covered in a series by NBC Chicago News Service, “Road to Ruin;
  • Obtained a Presidential Pardon for a convicted healthcare client;
  • Successfully represented a foreign company owned by a foreign government ally of the United States. The company was accused of manipulating U.S. commodity markets and was a criminal target of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Legal Representation Philosophy

  • A client of mine must and will obtain vigorous representation.
  • Most lawyers are not trained investigators. Cases are usually won or lost based on facts. My extensive training as an investigative accountant/attorney in civil and criminal cases has allowed me to be in a unique position to successfully obtain facts and evidence necessary to successfully represent my clients.
  • Also, please note that I do not list the names of clients in my private practice experience. The Rules of Professional Responsibility governing attorneys prohibit disclosure of clients’ names without consent. I have chosen not to request this permission from any client since I firmly believe that a client, where possible, deserves total anonymity.
  • Clients believe I am their advocate and counsel.
  • Clients appreciate my unique experiences and pragmatism.
  • I am able to clearly identify the client’s strengths and challenges based on the legal issues and facts.
  • I am able to identify risk, potential exposure and the ability to develop a creative path for success.

MEMBER AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Bar Association;
  • Federal Bar Association;
  • Chicago Bar Association;
  • Illinois State Bar Association;
  • National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners;
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Former Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health;
  • Served as President of the Fund for Gerontology Research at the University of Illinois;
  • Chairperson, Annual Healthcare Compliance & Fraud Conference, Illinois CPA Society;
  • Health Care Compliance Association;
  • American Health Lawyers Association;
  • Illinois CPA Society;
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

ADMITTED:

  • All Illinois Courts;
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit;
  • U.S. Tax Court;
  • U.S. Supreme Court.

EDUCATION:

  • DePaul University College of Law.

ACCOUNTING ACCREDITATION:

  • Certified Public Accountant (IL)

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Text - Client Tax Fraud — A Practical Guide to Protecting Your Rights:Illinois CPA Foundation;
  • Text - Audit Guide for Commodity Brokerage Firms – Internal Revenue Service;
  • Defending the Federal Tax Case: What to Do When the IRS Steps In,Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
  • Income Taxation for Attorneys:General Practice Handbook chapter, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
  • Handling Criminal Tax Cases:textbook co-author, co-editor, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
  • Federal Civil Tax Practice:co-author, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
  • IRS to Audit Lifestyle Not Tax Return:CPA, Insight Magazine, Illinois CPA Society;
  • When the IRS Agent Peaks Under the Mattress:New York Times;
  • IICLE Health Care Fraud and Compliance Plans: ILLCPA Foundation;
  • New Lifestyle Audits is IRS’ Reality Check:San Diego Union-Tribune;
  • Health Care Fraud and Compliance:Insight Magazine, Illinois CPA Society.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Between 200-300 lectures on IRS taxation and health care law to the following professional associations:
    • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
    • Illinois CPA Society;
    • Chicago Bar Association;
    • Illinois State Bar Association;
    • Independent Accountants of Illinois;


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