Brian P. Ketcham is a defense attorney and tax controversy expert. A former federal judicial law clerk, Mr. Ketcham concentrates his work on white collar cases and investigations, civil and criminal tax controversies (including voluntary disclosures), and sentencing/post-sentencing advocacy. He represents clients facing criminal charges, individuals under government investigation, taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court, the IRS, and state tax authorities. Mr. Ketcham has extensive federal court experience and deep expertise with matters involving financial assets held offshore. Mr. Ketcham also handles many assignments as conflict and/or pool counsel. As both an attorney and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Mr. Ketcham is uniquely experienced in conducting fraud and internal investigations.
Mr. Ketcham has been a NY Super Lawyer since 2021; he was previously named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for five consecutive years. Mr. Ketcham has been listed as a NY Best Lawyer since 2022. The Ketcham PLLC firm was named a NY Best Law Firm for 2024.
Ketcham PLLC was created to provide first-class legal service utilizing a modern firm business model. The firm utilizes secure cloud computing, mobile technology, and flexible scheduling to deliver exceptional client service in an efficient manner. In addition, the firm maintains close relationships with other boutique firms, CPAs and forensic accounting specialists (including former senior IRS agents and investigators) around the country. This model allows cases to be staffed with a team of experts in their fields that can go toe-to-toe against the government.
Before Ketcham PLLC, Mr. Ketcham practiced law for almost a decade at Kostelanetz & Fink (now Kostelanetz LLP), one of the preeminent white collar and tax controversy boutique firms in the United States. Prior to that, he completed two federal clerkships in NYC: first as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack and, thereafter, as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf. Before his admission to the bar, Mr. Ketcham served as courtroom deputy to U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein and several other federal judges in the Eastern District of NY, in both the Brooklyn and Central Islip divisions.
Mr. Ketcham received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2008. He also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) accreditation. He is admitted to practice in New York State, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court.