In December 2017, Richard E. Zuckerman, was appointed the Department of Justice Tax Division’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Matters and the Division’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. As Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he serves as the Head of the Tax Division. The Tax Division’s 350+ attorneys are charged with enforcing the nation’s tax laws and represent the United States in civil and criminal matters across the country.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Zuckerman spent more than 30 years as a partner and practice group leader of the White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit, Michigan. He also served for nine years as a partner with Raymond Rupp Weinberg Stone & Zuckerman in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Zuckerman has taken advanced education in taxation from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit, has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Tax Fraud at various Michigan law schools, and also served as an instructor for Senior Special Agents of the Detroit Division of the IRS. He began his legal career as a trial lawyer with the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in the Detroit Strike Force. Among the matters he tried or co- lead while with the Detroit Strike Force was the 7 month net worth income tax evasion trial of alleged Detroit Mafia chieftain Anthony Giacalone, and the investigation into the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.