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

  • Mr. Ketcham represented Paul J. Manafort, Jr. in the prosecutions brought by the Special Counsel’s Office in the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia. In the Virginia case, Mr. Ketcham was a member of the trial team that defended Mr. Manafort against allegations of bank fraud and tax fraud related to the use of offshore accounts.

  • Mr. Ketcham represented the CEO large family-owned company charged with filing false sales tax and corporate income tax returns. The case was resolved with a civil settlement.

  • Together with Sharon L. McCarthy, Mr. Ketcham represented an entrepreneur charged with honest services wire fraud and violations of the Travel Act in connection with an alleged kickback scheme. The defendant was sentenced to a term of probation despite a sentencing guidelines range of 18 to 24 months’ imprisonment.

  • Mr. Ketcham represented an attorney under federal criminal investigation for allegedly structuring financial transactions. The case was resolved without criminal charges or civil penalties. 

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  • Speaker, CPE/CLE Course: Federal Sentencing Update, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP (November 21, 2019)

  • Panelist, International Information Return Litigation, Agostino & Associates Tax Controversy Update (June 20, 2019)



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March 06, 2020

Caroline D. Ciraolo moderated and Brian P. Ketcham participated in the panel entitled "Criminal Tax Sentencing - Best Practices," at the Federal Bar Association's 2020 Tax Law Conference

November 21, 2019

Brian P. Ketcham presented the CPE/CLE Course: Federal Sentencing Update

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July 16, 2019

On Congressional Subpoenas to Accounting Firms

June 01, 2016

Avoiding the Worst-Case Scenario: The IRS's Domestic Voluntary Disclosure Practice

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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