Davis G. Yee is a Special Trial Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS. As such, he represents the Commissioner of Internal Revenue in significant cases before the United States Tax Court. Before joining USF, Davis was an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, teaching in the LLM in Taxation program there for over eight years.
As a law student, Davis was a member of a moot court team that won awards in both the legal writing and oral argument categories of the National Tax Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Florida Bar Tax Section. In 2014-15, Davis was the coach of the USF team that took first place in the J.D. competition of the ABA Taxation Section Law Student Tax Challenge.
After law school, Davis was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles Z. Smith of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as an associate of a litigation firm. He later served as an attorney-adviser to the Honorable Peter J. Panuthos of the United States Tax Court.
In 2011, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue presented Davis with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to administrative guidance on income tax accounting issues in the telecommunications industry. In 2014, Davis received a Lucite Award for his role as lead counsel in the income tax accounting case, Veco Corporation v. Commissioner, 141 T.C. 440 (2013). Some of his other representative cases include Thrifty Oil v. Commissioner, 139 T.C. 198 (2012) (Ilfeld doctrine); MacGregor v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2010-187 (unreported income); and Stergios v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2009-15 (innocent spouse).
Davis is a member of the Litigation and Taxation Sections of the American Bar Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is an attorney and CPA licensed in California.
- BS, UC Davis
- JD, Lewis & Clark College
- LLM, Georgetown University
- Awards & Distinctions
Honorable Ira A. Brown Adjunct Faculty Award (2018), USF School of Law.
Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award (2018), USF Educational Technology Services.
Warren E. Burger Prize (2017), American Inns of Court (For his essay submission "The Professional Responsibility of Fair Play When Dealing with a Pro Se Adversary").
Bert W. Levit Essay Award (2003), ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP.
Legal Assistance Essay Contest Second Place Award (2005), ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel
- Law Review and Journal Articles
- “The Professional Responsibility of Fair Play When Dealing with a Pro Se Adversary,” 69 South Carolina Law Review 377 (2017).
- Book Contributions
- “Assisted in updating the chapters on Federal Tax Procedure and Professional Responsibility” in Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation: Cases and Materials edited by James Freeland (Foundation Press , Nineteenth Edition , 2018)
- "Davis G. Yee to Receive the American Inns of Court 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing", Business Wire, 09/06/2017