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Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

901 Main Street, Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: (214) 744-3700
Fax: (214) 747-3732
Toll Free: (800) 451-0093

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Charles M. Meadows, Jr.

Mr. Meadows, who is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also a CPA, has over 50 years of experience in representing public/private corporations and individuals in litigation involving tax and white collar legal defense matters.

White Collar Legal Defense: Mr. Meadows has represented entities and individuals accused of health care fraud, tax fraud, defense contracting fraud, securities fraud, customs violations, anti-trust violations, money laundering, insurance fraud, environmental fraud, and wire and mail fraud. He has also successfully defended against large criminal and civil forfeiture cases. Mr. Meadows has appeared in trials in numerous Federal district courts around the country including Illinois, New York, Iowa, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado and all districts in Texas. He has successfully tried many white collar cases to verdicts of acquittal and resolved hundreds of other cases without the necessity of trial or indictment.

Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation: Mr. Meadows has represented taxpayers in tax controversies involving corporate and individual income taxes, estate and gift taxes, excise taxes, and the proposed application of civil and criminal penalties under the Internal Revenue Code. These clients include Fortune 100 corporations, private corporations, non-profit entities, individuals, and estates and trusts. He has represented taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Court, Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Income Tax and Business Planning: Mr. Meadows has represented public and private businesses on various Federal income tax matters including partnerships, corporations, and exempt organizations. He has structured the sale and purchase of businesses to achieve maximum tax benefits and worked on compensation agreements of executives of public and private businesses.

On April 14, 2023, Mr. Meadows received the Ignite Award at the 7th Annual Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep "Grow the Grove" event. The Ignite Award honors a business leader for their commiment to Cristo Rey Dallas. Mr. Meadows and Meadows Collier have been involved in the Corporate Work Study Program since its inception.  He also chaired two capital campaigns reaching the 24-million-dollar goal for two new Dallas campus buildings. In November 2015, Mr. Meadows was named to D CEO magazine’s First Edition of Dallas 500 Business Leaders featuring 500 influential leaders in North Texas. In April 2012, Mr. Meadows received the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award for his commitment to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center fighting crimes against children through financial and volunteer support.  In May 2009, Mr. Meadows received the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award from the American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties.  This prestigious award recognizes Mr. Meadows' "outstanding dedication, achievement and integrity in the field of Civil and Criminal Tax Controversies."

Mr. Meadows is a frequent speaker for numerous professional organizations in the legal and accounting professions. He was admitted to practice in Texas in 1972.

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  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1972
    • Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1972
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties committee, Tax Section
    • Member, White Collar Crime subcommittee
    • Member, Criminal Justice subcommittee
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Member
    • Chair, 2008-09 Federal Criminal Procedure committee, (Vice Chair, 2006-07)
    • Member, 2008-2009 Texas State committee (member since 2006)
    • Member, 2008-09 Task Force committee on Civil Discovery Project Appointment
  • American College of Tax Counsel
    • Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Dallas CPA Society
  • American Cancer Society
    • Past-Chair, Dallas Unit
  • American Diabetes Association
    • Past-Chair, Dallas Unit
  • United States Tax Court, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • On April 14, 2023, Mr. Meadows received the Ignite Award at the 7th Annual Cristo Rey Dallas "Grow the Grove" event for his commitment to the Corporate Work Study Program since inception and for chairing two capital campaings that raised 24-million-dollars for two new Cristo Rey Dallas campus buildings.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense Law by ALM as published in The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel & The National Law Journal, October 2013
  • Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award - Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, April 2012
  • Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award - American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, May 2009
  • The International Who's Who Legal – Business Crimes, 2005 through 2008
  • Texas Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense: White Collar as listed in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine, Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2003 through 2018, and 2020-2022
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Region-Criminal Defense: White Collar as listed in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2003 -2015
  • Top Tax Attorney in Texas, Texas Lawyer, 2002
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2003-2024, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Litigation and Controversy-Tax
  • Best Lawyers Criminal Defense, Corporate Counsel, 2001 through 2009
  • Best Lawyers, D Magazine's Hall of Fame, 2022, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Best Business Lawyers, D Magazine, 2009: White Collar Defense and Antitrust 
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2001, 2003 through 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015-2016 and 2018-2023, Criminal Defense: White Collar and 2024, Tax: General
  • Chambers and Partners, USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business", 2007 through 2011
  • "Government Loses Sham-Transaction Criminal Tax Case in the Virgin Islands", The American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Newsletter, Volume 17, Issue 3, Spring 2009
  • “Offshore Activities Draw Scrutiny", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, Volume 32, Number 11, November 1, 2008
November 5, 2019

21st Annual Meadows Collier Tax Conference... [ read ]

December 14, 2018

2018 ABA 35th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and 8th Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy... [ read ]

November 13, 2018

Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council Luncheon... [ read ]

November 1, 2018

2018 Meadows Collier Annual Tax Conference... [ read ]

December 7, 2017

ABA 34th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud... [ read ]

December 8, 2016

33rd Annual National Instit. on Criminal Tax Fraud & the Sixth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy... [ read ]

November 10, 2016

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers- Ft. Worth... [ read ]

October 28, 2016

NACDL's 12th Annual Seminar... [ read ]

October 25, 2016

18th Annual Meadows Collier Tax Conference... [ read ]

September 16, 2016

ABA Regional WCC Event... [ read ]

December 10, 2015

ABA 32nd Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud & Fifth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy... [ read ]

November 3, 2015

2015 Meadows Collier Taxation Conference... [ read ]

May 19, 2015

Texas Bank and Trust Seminar-Longview... [ read ]

May 6, 2015

Texas Bank and Trust Seminar- Tyler... [ read ]

December 11, 2014

"Ask The Experts: Top Tips in Criminal Tax Cases"... [ read ]

December 5, 2014

"Handling the Sensitive Estate Tax Examination"... [ read ]

November 20, 2014

"The Importance of and Requirements for Portability... [ read ]

July 24, 2014

"Prosecution and Defense of a Klein Conspiracy"... [ read ]

December 12, 2013

"Prosecution and Defense of a Klein Conspiracy"... [ read ]

October 4, 2013

"Crimes Affecting the Divorce and Division of the Marital Estate"... [ read ]

December 7, 2012

"Ask the Experts: Top Criminal Tax Practice Tips and Representation Strategies"... [ read ]

December 5, 2012

"Target, Subject or Witness - The CPA's Role in Criminal Tax Investigations"... [ read ]

November 13, 2012

Current Developments in Estate Planning and Things We Need to Do Before Year End... [ read ]

November 7, 2012

"Judicial Update"- Washington, DC... [ read ]

June 7, 2012

"Making Ends Meet: Getting Paid Consistently and Ethically"... [ read ]

May 8, 2012

"Making Ends Meet: Getting Paid Consistently and Ethically"... [ read ]

May 2, 2012

"Making Ends Meet: Getting Paid Consistently and Ethically"... [ read ]

March 1, 2012

"Tax Fraud, Foreign Banks and Bankers, 'Required Records Doctrine' and Forfeitures"... [ read ]

June 22, 2011

"Update on IRS Tax Controversy Procedure: Dealing with the IRS in the Real World"... [ read ]

May 26, 2011

"Responding to Governmental Inquiries"... [ read ]

May 25, 2011

"Professionals as Return Preparers, Witnesses, Targets and IRS Licensees"... [ read ]

May 18, 2011

"Don't Give Up on Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs)" "Differences Between Aggressive Tax Planning and Tax Fraud" "The Legislative and Admi... [ read ]

March 3, 2011

"Criminal Tax Fraud"... [ read ]

December 3, 2010

"Voluntary Disclosure Policies and Practices--Where Are You Now?"... [ read ]

October 21, 2010

"Exploring Criminal/Civil Overlap Issues" "Employment Tax Law" "Federal Estate and Gift Tax Examinations and Case Updates"... [ read ]

May 25, 2010

"Differences Between Aggressive Tax Planning and Tax Fraud"... [ read ]

December 3, 2009

"Successful Trial Strategies" (Panel Discussion)... [ read ]

November 12, 2009

"Staying out of Trouble: CPAs Communications with Clients and Courts" "IRS Audit" "IRS Examinations/Appeals"... [ read ]

August 7, 2009

"Staying Out of Trouble: CPAs' Communications with Clients and Courts"... [ read ]

April 17, 2009

"Expert and Summary Witnesses"... [ read ]

March 25, 2019

Items You May Want to Discuss with Your Tax Preparer... [ read ]

1. Does the taxpayer have investments in cryptocurrency which resulted in taxable transactions in 2018 or requiring "yes" answer to having a foreign account because of the situs of the exchange or basis issues?

December 20, 2016

2016 Year-End Estate Planning (Video Included)... [ read ]

Now is the time to engage your clients in discussion regarding the status of their estate planning. Many items must be completed before year-end or they will be lost. Others simply need attention on an annual basis.

August 4, 2016

Debt Restructuring Can Cause Cancellation of Indebtedness Income... [ read ]

A possibility discussed in our May 6, 2016 Meadows Collier Talks Tax Blog post, "Master Limited Partnerships and Cancellation of Indebtedness Income," has come to pass. Atlas Resources is the last in a series of Master Limited Partnerships which are renegotiating their debts to third parties and vendors.

February 1, 2016

The 5th Circuit Overturns Fraud Conviction... [ read ]

The 5th Circuit last week vacated the fraud convictions of Mike Baker and Mike Gluk. Mr. Baker was the CEO of ArthroCare Corp., a publicly traded company, and Mr. Gluk was the CFO. The government accused them of violating security laws by fraudulently overstating the gross receipts of ArthroCare.

January 20, 2016

Handling Taxpayers Who Have Forgotten Their Filing Obligations... [ read ]

We often encounter clients who have not filed tax returns for many years, some of whom have received a notice from the IRS regarding their non-filing status. Many times, these clients don't have the liquidity or even the assets to pay their delinquent tax obligations and end up applying for an Offer in Compromise (OIC).

January 11, 2016

Filing Dates have Changed for Some Tax Returns, FBARs and New Rules for Auditing Partnerships... [ read ]

Changes have been made to Partnership Tax Return and FBAR filing dates for 2016.