George Abney is a partner with Alston and Bird’s Tax Controversy Team, whose practice focuses on civil and criminal tax controversy matters. Mr. Abney has significant trial and appellate experience gained from years as a federal prosecutor with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Florida. In private practice, he has successfully represented clients in civil tax controversies before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. district courts and the U.S. bankruptcy courts, as well as in federal grand jury investigations and IRS criminal investigations.
Mr. Abney was recognized by former Attorney General John Ashcroft as a Tax Division Outstanding Attorney, and he has received special recognition from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, for his work in successfully prosecuting United States v. Dugas, a case that involved kidnapping, Mann Act and firearms charges. Mr. Abney earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, with high honors, where he served as executive editor of the law review, and his B.A. from Columbia University.