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Carina C. Federico

Phone: +1 202.654.6712
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Carina Federico is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Tax Group and resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Carina focuses her practice on federal tax controversy and tax litigation matters before the IRS and in trial and appellate courts across the United States. Her experience includes serving as first chair at trial, taking and defending depositions, briefing a wide range of tax issues, negotiating settlements, and representing clients in IRS Appeals conferences.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Carina was an associate at an AmLaw 100 firm, where she represented clients in all stages of tax controversy and litigation. She was also seconded to Ernst & Young as a legal consultant to the general counsel’s office, where she advised EY engagement teams on tax controversy issues, including requests for penalty abatement and tax advice that could be given to audit clients.

Carina previously was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, where she represented the IRS as lead counsel in civil actions, contested matters, and adversary proceedings before the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts, as well as in bankruptcy appeals before U.S. District Courts. At DOJ, Carina was awarded the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award in 2014 and a Special Commendation in 2013. She also served as deputy associate counsel for the White House, where she was the tax counsel on the vetting team for presidential nominations and appointments. 

Representative Matters

  • Served as counsel to a principal in a contract manufacturing arrangement in a tax refund action concerning the domestic production activities deduction under Section 199.
  • Represented a financial services company before the IRS regarding the assessment of interest on a restitution amount.
  • Represented an engineering firm before the IRS Office of Appeals regarding information reporting penalties. 
  • Served as independent investigation counsel on behalf of an external investigative committee of a multinational auto parts manufacturer looking into alleged accounting irregularities. 
  • Served as co-counsel on a $600M federal excise tax case involving fractional and whole aircraft management companies.
  • Served as co-counsel in a summons enforcement case against a Fortune 500 company, which led to a favorable negotiated settlement.


  • Towson University, B.S. (2003)
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (2010) summa cum laude, Order of the Coif; Publications Editor, Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law


Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia, U.S. Tax Court

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Vice-Chair of Tax Law Conference (2019-2020); Co-Chair of Women in Tax Law Group (2016-2019)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Practical Tax Strategies
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Administrative Practice Committee, Vice-Chair of IRS Liaison Activities Sub-Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Tax Practice Management Committee, Vice-Chair


  • John S. Nolan Fellowship (2020-2021), American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

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"IRS Announces Proposed Regulations Under Section 45Q for Carbon Capture Credit," Tax Alert (June 2, 2020). Contacts: David J. Fischer, David B. Blair, Teresa Abney, Carina C. Federico
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell & Moring's Carina Federico Named ABA Tax Section Nolan Fellow (May.18.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Use of Data Analytics in Criminal Tax Investigations," FBA Tax Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2020). Speaker: Carina C. Federico.
"IRS Releases First Cryptocurrency Tax Guidance Since 2014," Tax Alert (October 10, 2019). Contacts: Charles C. Hwang, Carina C. Federico, S. Starling Marshall, Michelle Ann Gitlitz
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Robots, Drones, Self-Driving Cars, A.I - Oh My!!!" 2019 Fall ABA Tax Meeting, San Francisco, CA (October 4, 2019). Speaker: Carina C. Federico.
"Chief Counsel Desmond Discusses IRS Areas of Focus at Crowell & Moring Tax Seminar," Tax Alert (September 26, 2019). Contacts: David B. Blair, Carina C. Federico, J. Bradford Anwyll
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Deputy Commissioner (LB&I) Flax and Deputy Division Counsel (International) Askey Discuss Recent Developments at LB&I at Crowell & Moring Tax Seminar," Tax Alert (September 26, 2019). Contacts: David B. Blair, Carina C. Federico, J. Bradford Anwyll
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell Hires Tax Partner, Ex-DOJ Litigator From Covington Bloomberg Law (September 18, 2019)
Media Mentions
"Specific Audits Issues: Penalties," Crowell & Moring's Managing Tax Audits and Appeals Seminar 2019, Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019). Presenters: Teresa Abney and Carina C. Federico.
"Audits Part One: Selection to Resolution," Crowell & Moring's Managing Tax Audits and Appeals Seminar 2019, Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019). Presenters: David B. Blair and Carina C. Federico.

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