John Faucher

I started doing bankruptcy law in 1993 in law school. I clerked for Judge Alan Jaroslovsky of the Northern District of California, and Chief Judge Joseph Cosetti of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Both men were very different temperamentally, but I learned a great deal from them. The main lesson was that lawyering is difficult, fun, and worthwhile work. In 1994, I started to work as an attorney at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (200 lawyers), in Pittsburgh. I did both litigation and bankruptcy. Following my wife around the country (she was a business professor at the time), I worked for a small firm in Houston, Texas, an oil company, and finally I spent 10 years at the IRS, both in Houston and in Thousand Oaks. There is nothing to break the ice at cocktail parties like saying you're an attorney for the IRS. At the end of 2008, I left the IRS to see if I could add income and adventure to my life. I haven't gotten the income part yet, but it's getting there; the adventure part is every day.

There is a difference between dischargeable taxes and priority taxes
This is Huge . . . California Dismantling the State Board of Equalization . . . and there is very little news about it
Ten-Year Clock on IRS Tax Debt
IRS Substitute For Return (SFR) Isn’t Always Nondischargeable
What’s a Taxpayer Thinking When S/he Tries to Evade a Tax?
Taxes and Bankruptcy – Declaratory Judgments
Judge Riblet on the Absolute Priority Rule, Again
Statutes of Limitation, the IRS, and the FTB
Judge Riblet on the Absolute Priority Rule
The Notice of Federal Tax Lien on Personal Property and Bankruptcy