United States v. Sergio Gardea - 05/10/2018

Tax preparer found not guilty on all 30 counts of preparing false tax returns following 2 week trial.

Mr Gardea was represented by Miami criminal tax lawyer David M. Garvin.


Miami criminal tax lawyer David M. Garvin  is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as  a preeminent attorney in the areas of both a criminal defense and tax law. He has an AVVO rating of "Superb" and has been recognized and quoted by major publications throughout the United States, including many tax publications.  

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For 35 years, tax fraud defense lawyer David M. Garvin has represented and defended clients in federal criminal and civil tax matters throughout the country earning him a deserved reputation as one of the nation’s top criminal tax attorneys.  Mr. Garvin is renown for his remarkable criminal trial results in tax and federal white collar crime cases.

Mr. Garvin is a two time recipient of The Daily Business Review’s award for the Most Effective Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Garvin was selected for this award in 2014 in the area of criminal law defense and in 2010 for representation in complex litigation. Mr. Garvin  has extensive trial experience and has obtained remarkable results for his clients in many criminal tax matters.  Mr. Garvin has represented a wide range of clients including, celebrities,  public officials, businessmen, doctors, accountants, lawyers, corporations, brokerage firms, individual brokers and numerous others.

David Garvin is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the Federal Claims Court, the Florida Supreme Court and United States District Courts. He is member of the Florida Bar, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the South Florida Tax Litigation Association, the Miami-Dade Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Garvin is Florida Bar Certified in Taxation and holds a LLM (Masters in Law) in Tax.  In addition, to holding a Juris Doctoral degree in law, he is also a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant).  Mr. Garvin's unique accounting and business background provides him with a distinct advantage in serving his clients in tax and white collar crime cases.  The Law Offices of David M. Garvin is a boutique practice designed to provide personal attention to the client's individual needs in cases ranging from large complex multiple issue matters to smaller single issue causes.  Mr. Garvin personally handles the cases. Cases are not passed to junior attorneys and/or associates which often occurs in many large firms.     

The firm is sufficiently diversified to handle cases ranging from a single issue tax matter, requiring relatively short trials, to complex high profile multiple issue controversies requiring lengthy trials. Mr. Garvin handles both criminal and civil tax matters and has extensive experience representing taxpayers in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Tax Trials Results

Case NameCase NumberOutcome
U.S. v. S.G.17-CR-00366-AdamsNot Guilty All 30 Counts
U.S. v. A.P.15-CR-20096-ScolaIndictment Dismissed
U.S. v. J.R.13-CR-20346-UngaroNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. R.R.13-CR-20346-UngaroNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. J.M.12-CR-60025-WilliamsNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. H.C.08-CR-20916-GrahamNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. J.C.08-CR-20044-LenardHung Jury All Counts
U.S. v. D.A.04-CR-20190-AltonagaNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. T.E.98-CR-00511-LenardNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. N.M.15-20258-CR-LenardNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. C.U.98-CR-00398-SeitzNot Guilty on all Counts

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When Winning is Your Only Option

Many people who learn that they are the target of a federal criminal investigation believe that winning is the only way that they will get their life back. If you believe that Winning is Your Only Option, you should know:

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The Martindale-Hubbell PEER REVIEW RATINGS are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The first review to establish a lawyer's rating usually occurs three years after his/her first admission to the bar.

If you are seeking an Appellate or an IRS Tax Attorney, if you are in need to be represented in an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure matter, Miami Criminal Tax and White Collar Crime Attorney David M. Garvin is your attorney of choice. He will handle your alleged Tax Fraud, Tax Violations, Civil IRS Tax Matters, IRS Investigations, Mail Fraud, Insider Trader, Internet Crime, Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, FATCA, FBAR and any other white collar crime.

Tax Law & Litigation

This area of law can become easily complicated with the countless number of legal forms, codes and protocol requirements that must be followed. If you are facing a tax controversy, the last thing you want to do mark yourself as a target for the IRS. That is why it is so essential for you to keep proper records and to be aware of the red flags that can trigger a tax audit. If you have been accused of tax fraud, tax evasion or backup withholding, then you may be facing criminal consequences. Our Miami tax attorney, David M. Garvin, has the experience and knowledge necessary to negotiate with the IRS on your behalf and he can help fight to clear your name. Mr. Garvin can also provide aggressive IRS audit defense and tax collection defense in your time of need. Don't go to tax court without the proper legal protection, with the help of our firm, we can help build an effective strategy to resolve your tax issue, so you can get back to the business of living life.

The United States reports a conviction rate in excess of 90% in federal white collar crime cases and over 92% in federal criminal tax cases.

The hiring of a tax lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you make any decision, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Do not rely upon the information contained in this site without obtaining our written consent.  

It is estimated that less than 1% of all defense attorneys have successfully tried a federal criminal tax case. (Not guilty verdicts on all counts.)  However, Mr. Garvin has successfully tried numerous federal criminal and tax cases.

Before selecting a criminal defense attorney to represent you in a federal white collar crime or criminal tax case it is important to ask for information concerning the attorney's trial experience and trial results in defending federal tax and/or white collar crime cases.

We welcome you to compare our  trial results to any other firm's or lawyer's.

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