Brian P. Ketcham

Brian P. Ketcham joined the law firm of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP in 2011.  Mr. Ketcham concentrates his work on criminal and civil tax controversies, white collar criminal matters, and civil litigation.  He represents clients facing criminal charges in state and federal courts, individuals under government investigation, and taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the NY State Department of Taxation.  Mr. Ketcham also has experience involving regulatory and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, Mr. Ketcham completed two clerkships in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  From December 2009 to December 2010, Mr. Ketcham served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf.  And, from November 2008 to November 2009, Mr. Ketcham served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack.  In addition to his clerkship experience, while attending law school Mr. Ketcham served as a full-time case manager and courtroom deputy for several federal judges in the Eastern District, in both the Brooklyn and Central Islip divisions.

Mr. Ketcham received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2008, where he received several honors, including Dean’s List and CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Alternative Dispute Resolutions and Comparative Criminal Procedure.

Brian P. Ketcham Representative Matters

  • Together with Sharon L. McCarthy and Robert S. Fink, Mr. Ketcham represented an individual charged in multiple federal indictments in two different Districts in connection with a complex money laundering conspiracy.  The defendant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment nearly 10 years below the low-end of the sentencing guidelines.

  • Mr. Ketcham represented an individual under IRS criminal investigation in connection with alleged fraudulent business expenses and successfully resolved the investigation with a civil settlement.
  • Mr. Ketcham represented a tax return preparer under investigation for preparing false Schedule C and Schedule E deductions.  The case was resolved without any civil penalties or referral for criminal investigation.

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“The Tax Implications of Natural Disasters,” ABA Taxation Section, Young Lawyers Forum, September 2013.



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Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2008)

Bar Admissions

New York, 2009

U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York, 2011

U.S.D.C. Eastern District of New York, 2011

Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012

U.S. Tax Court, 2012