Steven A. Nicholes
Duffy Kekel LLP
900 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
Steve’s background in business, combined with the advanced training he received in taxation, enables him to assist his clients not only with their tax and estate planning needs, but also with their charitable, business and real estate matters. Steve has substantial experience establishing and structuring limited liability companies (LLC’s) for his clients, and in structuring Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange transactions.
However, we also represent businesses and individuals who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service or state tax agencies. We are proud of our success rate in efficiently resolving tax disputes for our clients. We’ve helped clients through all stages of the process, from audits and appeals to litigation. Our attorneys have argued cases in front of tax court judges, appeals courts, and even the U.S. Supreme Court. We have also had success in obtaining favorable Private Letter Rulings from the IRS.
We began in the logging industry. In the 1930s, Carl E. Davidson left his job as a logging superintendent to attend law school at the University of Oregon. He eventually went into private practice, and through a series of partnerships, Charles P. Duffy joined the firm.
Davidson’s firm shifted over the years, from consulting with forest products companies to trial practice to tax matters in the 1940s. Duffy and his partner, David A. Kekel, continued in this direction and built the reputation and skill sets for which we are known today.