IRS News Release  
February 01, 1990

Shashy to Be Chief Counsel of the IRS

WASHINGTON - Abraham N. M. (Hap) Shashy Jr. was confirmed by the U. S. Senate on January 30, 1990 to be chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

Shashy will be the principal legal advisor to IRS Commissioner Fred T. Goldberg Jr. and assistant general counsel for the Treasury Department. He will initiate and direct policies on tax litigation, interpretation and development of internal revenue laws, and all non-tax legal matters for the IRS.

At the time of his appointment, Shashy was a partner in the Dallas law firm of Jones, Day Reavis and Pogue. He served on the adjunct tax faculties of New York University School of Law and Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas. Shashy's practice included federal income taxation with emphasis on partnership, corporate, and foreign tax matters, and taxation of financial instrument and real estate transactions. His practice included public and private partnership and corporate offerings, income tax audits and litigation, and taxation of commodities transactions. Shashy succeeds William F. Nelson who left the agency to return to law practice.

Shashy earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida, a law degree from the University of Florida School of Law, and a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law. He is a member of the New York, Florida, and Texas bars. He is married to the former Joy Marie Taninies. They have two children, Stephen and Laura.

He is a native of Ocala, Fla.

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