David Gair, Dallas Partner and Chair of Locke Lord’s Tax Controversy Practice Group, was interviewed by Super Lawyers discussing his experience earning a master’s degree in Spanish and teaching it for four years before deciding to embark on a new challenge of attending law school.
Gair said, “I’ve always had an interest in helping people. And I always knew that it was a difficult career and intellectually challenging.”
Gair focuses his practice on guiding businesses, high-net-worth individuals and tax professionals through all types of complex civil and criminal tax controversies, including audits, litigation, investigations and collection matters. He continues to spend substantial time teaching — currently educating the next generation of lawyers on the intricacies of federal and state tax controversy as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
According to Gair, explaining tax law is not all that different from teaching Spanish. “Being able to translate the Internal Revenue Code to your clients, to the judge, even to the IRS, in a way that is understandable is a challenge. I feel in some ways that I’m like an interpreter of the Internal Revenue Code into plain English.”
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