William Lovett

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William (Bill) Lovett is the co-author of the Boston Tax Attorney Blog. Bill Lovett is a Partner in the Boston office of Hogan Lovells. He represents clients in all of the firm’s practice areas including complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Bill has extensive experience representing clients in financial matters including civil and criminal tax matters, accounting fraud, securities infractions, and civil asset forfeiture. He was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an Up & Coming Lawyer in 2008 and named to the 2015-2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers lists.

Prior to practicing in a law firm, Bill was a federal prosecutor with the DOJ Tax Division where he worked closely with the IRS to investigate tax controversies. His experience includes prosecuting and defending cases involving allegations of tax evasion, false returns, aiding and abetting, tax conspiracy, failures to file, sales and use tax practices, excise tax payments, fuel and road tax payments, and improper tax withholding. Bill’s practice also includes advising clients on compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and was recognized with the Outstanding Attorney Award in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.S. cum laude in accounting from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. Bill is a triple Eagle, also having graduated from BC High.


Recent Cases:

  • Assisted individual account holders who had invested money in off-shore banks with participating in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) and complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
  • United States v. Pesaturo, (District of Massachusetts) (prosecution of motor vehicle excise tax evasion case).
  • United States v. McAnlis (Southern District of Florida) (prosecution of abusive trust scheme used to evade payment of taxes).
  • United States v. Young (Eastern District of Tennessee) (prosecution of tax preparer).
  • United States v. Samantha Johnson, et al. (prosecution of thirteen defendants involved in wide ranging mortgage fraud scheme).
  • Representation of  commercial lenders (relating to professional liability claims brought against accountants who audited borrower’s financial statements).

Previous Experience:

United States Department of Justice

  • Federal Prosecutor Tax Division
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia

Speaking Engagements:

  • Panelist, “Understanding Your Firm’s Business: The Perks & Pitfalls of Partnership,” Boston Bar Association (2015)
  • Moderator, “Mitigating the Conviction, Addressing Immediate and Collateral Consequences,” American Bar Association 31st Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud, (2014)
  • Panelist, American Bar Association webinar, “Everything is Fine Until It Isn’t: Ethical Problems in a Tax Practice,” (2014)
  • Panelist, “Everything is Fine Until It Isn’t: Ethical Problems in a Tax Practice,” ABA 30th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud & the Third Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy (2013)
  • Moderator, “What Every CPA and their Clients Should Know About Working with Overseas Americans and Foreign Nationals in the United States including an update of the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program, ” Continuing Professional Education Credit Program for Certified Public Accounts (2012)
  • Panelist, “International Tax Compliance Boot Camp, ” M. Robinson & Company Continuing Professional Education Credit Program (2012)


  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers in the areas of Tax, Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2017)
  • Rising Star, New England Super Lawyers (2009)
  • “Up and Coming” lawyer  Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2008)
  • Outstanding Attorney Award, Tax Division of the Department of Justice (2002, 2003, 2005)

In His Spare Time:

Bill is an avid runner and member of the Borderline Running Club in North Andover, MA. He has completed several marathons and Reach the Beach Relays. In 2008 he helped to bring Lawyers Have Heart 5K road race to Boston. The race is in its seventh year and raises funds to support the American Heart Association. Bill can often be seen running with his two children and wife.

As a Triple Eagle, Bill is actively involved with the BC High, Boston College and Boston College Law School alumni associations. He also serves on the Board of the American Heart Association Northeast Affiliate.


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