Douglas W. Charnas
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  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Taxation, 1983)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
  • Ohio University (A.B., Government, summa cum laude, 1975)

    Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Tutorial College


Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia 1985
  • Ohio 1978
  • Virginia 2020
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Tax Law), 2021 - present
  • Case Western Reserve Law School Society of Benchers
  • Chambers USA, District of Columbia Tax 2018–2020, 2022-2023
  • JD Supra Top 10 2024 Readers Choice Award for Tax
  • Law360 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney
  • Recipient, Georgetown University Vicennial Medal, 2012
  • Recipient, Incentive Award for High Quality Performance, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, 1982



  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • European-American Cultural Foundation, Founding Board Member, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (U.S. Tax Court), Secretary and Treasurer
  • Washington, DC Subchapter S Study Group, Founder
  • United States Tax Court Historical Society, President


  • S&R Foundation, Director, Secretary, and General Counsel, 2001-present
  • Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Board of Visitors, Former Member and Secretary, 2005-2012
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Regional Vice President, Alumni Affairs, 1989-2005
  • James J. Norris Foundation for Migrants and Refugees, Secretary and General Counsel, 1995-present
  • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Young Adult League, President, 1985-1987

Outside the Office

Outside of the legal realm, Doug sits on the board of directors of a local science and arts foundation, and runs the European-American Cultural Foundation, which he formed at the request of, and in conjunction with, the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He is a car hobbyist who also enjoys keeping up with the latest music and doing yard work and gardening with his wife.

what my clients say

"Douglas Charnas is 'a terrific tax lawyer,' according to market sources. Clients say: 'He has an in-depth working knowledge of tax laws and is prompt, professional and has an excellent communication style.'"

Client Commentary
Chambers USA, Tax - District of Columbia, 2020