Megan L. Brackney

Megan L. Brackney has a distinguished track record of delivering exceptional results for clients facing complicated and difficult tax issues. An expert in the interplay between civil and criminal tax controversies, Ms. Brackney develops innovative strategies to resolve compliance concerns, civil audits, and criminal investigations. Ms. Brackney also advises clients on tax issues that arise in other contexts, such as business and matrimonial disputes, and she represents clients in litigation in the U.S. Tax Court and federal district courts. Ms. Brackney has been recognized by the “New York Super Lawyers” since 2012.

Prior to joining Kostelanetz & Fink in 2004, Ms. Brackney was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri.

Ms. Brackney is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Ms. Brackney is currently the Vice Chair of Committee Operations for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Section of Taxation and a member of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Ms. Brackney has previously served as a Council Director for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Chair of the Taxation Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and the Chair of the Individual and Family Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association, Tax Section. She received the American Bar Association Tax Section’s John S. Nolan Fellowship for 2008-2009.

Ms. Brackney received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, and is a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas School of Law.


  • “Are Your Secrets Safe? A Discussion Of The Scope, Application And Protection Of Legal Privileges In The US And Abroad,” ABA Section of Taxation, May Tax Meeting, May 11, 2019

  • “Foreign Information Return Penalties and Defenses,” The CPA Academy, Webinar, April 18, 2019 

  • “Rocks - Partnership Representatives - Hard Places,” New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 15, 2019

Past Presentations

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006



Tel: 212.808.8100


October 05, 2019

Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel "Recent Developments in Innocent Spouse Litigation," at the ABA Tax Section 2019 Fall Meeting

September 12, 2019

Kostelanetz & Fink Attorneys Recognized By New York Metro Area Super Lawyers

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July 30, 2019

Tax Controversy Corner: The Internal Revenue Code Injunction Statutes

June 01, 2019

Recovering Fees from the IRS

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University of Kansas, B.A. Philosophy (1995), with honors

University of Kansas, J.D. (1998)

New York University School of Law, LL.M. (2009)