News & Events: Kaelyn Romey Joins GGU Faculty to Lead Litigation Center

Kaelyn J. Romey

Kaelyn J. Romey, Senior Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, San Francisco office, and adjunct professor at GGU School of Law, will be joining the full-time faculty on April 1, 2017.

Romey will continue and further build on the work of Wes Porter who relocated to Hawaii with his family. She will administer and teach in our nationally recognized 1st STEP program this summer and supervise our mock trial competition teams and programs.

Romey specializes in federal tax litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. She is also counsel to special enforcement agents working on cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and the development of abusive transaction cases. Romey has significant litigation experience as lead trial counsel on fraud penalty cases, IRC Section 280E, abusive transactions, whistleblower actions, taxation of real property transactions, valuation, and various complex structured tax transactions. She has successfully litigated roughly 25 cases before the United States Tax Court, and handled various matters as a Special Assistant US Attorney in US Bankruptcy Court.

Romey conducts nationwide trainings for Chief Counsel in effective cross examination, and is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Delegate. She is a frequent presenter for the private bar as well as for Chief Counsel, and teaches practical tax litigation courses as a member of GGU's LLM Adjunct Faculty. Romey earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Her career experience is in both private practice and public service as a litigator on behalf of the federal government.

Throughout Romey's academic and professional careers, she actively led committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations. In 2016, she completed a three-year leadership role with the California State Bar, Taxation Section Executive Committee. She was dedicated to her annual roles as Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting, and Chair of the 2016 DC Delegation. She also chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, served on the BASF executive board, spearheaded annual charity events, founded the San Francisco Barristers' networking and social committee, and volunteered for seven years as a high school mock-trial coach. In 2011, Romey was awarded the San Francisco Bar Association "Barrister of the Year Award" for over 10 years of dedicated service to the bar.

"We are delighted to have Kaelyn join us and appreciate the enthusiasm and leadership that she will bring to our litigation program," said School of Law Dean Rachel Van Cleave.