Dennis G. Kainen, Partner

Dennis G. Kainen has been with Weisberg Kainen Mark, PL for over twenty-five years. He is A-V rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. In addition to maintaining a very active law practice, Mr. Kainen has managed to be involved in professional, civic, and charitable activities locally, state-wide, and nationally. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kainen was an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Florida from 1982 to 1985.

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Phone: 305-374-5544
Fax: 305-358-8565
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Areas of Practice:

Tax Controversies and Criminal Defense

Educational Background:

University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1981)

George Washington University (B.A., International Affairs, 1978)

Employment:

Attorney/Partner at Weisberg Kainen Mark, PL with a concentration in Federal Tax controversies; Federal trial law; Criminal Tax Fraud Law; Forfeiture and Seizure litigation; Grand Jury and White Collar Criminal Defense (1985-present)

Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Federal Public Defender (1982-1985)

Languages:

English

Spanish

Publications:

When the Calculations May Mean the Difference Between Guilty and Not Guilty, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 2009

When the IRS Comes Knocking, Litigation, American Bar Association, Volume 29, No. 1, 2002

Judicial Election v. Merit Selection, The Florida Bar News, October 5th, 1999

Opening New Vistas to Legal Literacy and Citizenship Education, The Florida Bar Journal,

October 1993

Life, Death and Jurisdiction, Miami Review, August 1990

Bar Membership:

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Eleventh Circuit and Fourth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

The Florida Bar

Federal Trial Bar; Southern District of Florida

Awards:

The Best Lawyers in America Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Tax, Best Lawyers 2023

Top 100 Miami, Super Lawyers 2022

Lawyer of the Year Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Miami, Best Lawyers 2022

Lawyer of the Year Tax Law Miami, Best Lawyers 2020

Lawyer of the Year Criminal Defense: General Practice, Best Lawyers 2019

Florida’s Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine since 2013

Top 100 Attorneys in Miami, Florida, South Florida Legal Guide 2013

Top Lawyers in South Florida, South Florida Legal Guide since 2008

Super Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine since 2008

AV Preeminent Award, Martindale-Hubbell

Robert Kanzinger Human Rights Award, Anti-Defamation League

November 6, 2008

The Twelve Good Men of 2003, Ronald McDonald House April 25, 2003

 Richard C. Milstein Pro Bono Excellence Award, “Put Something Back”

May 16, 2001

Outstanding Service as President of the Dade County Bar Association

June 9, 2000

Man of the Year, The Shul of Downtown 1995

The Miami Pioneers Inc., 1993-1994

Honored for successfully representing pro bono publico the Miami Pioneers in an appeal before the Dade County Value Adjustment Board.  The Special Master found that this historic group serves a unique governmental purpose to preserve the history of the municipality.

Attorney of the Year, Florida Law Related Education Association 1989-1990

Professional Affiliation:

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Dade County Bar Association

Spellman/Hoeveler Inn of Court

Professional and Civic Board Affiliation:

Board of Governors, Member, The Florida Bar, 2006 – 2018

Greater Miami Tax Institute, Member, 2012 – Present

The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Seminar Chair, 2008 – 2010

Anti-Defamation League, Chair, Florida Regional Board, 2005 – 2007

Founders, Member, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2005 – Present

Young Presidents, Member, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2005 – Present

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Miami Chapter), Board Member2004 -2009

La Gorce Island Association, Board Member, 2004-Present

Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, Board Member, 2004-2006

Anti-Defamation League, First Vice-Chair, Florida Regional Board, 2003-2004

Lehrman Community Day School, Board of Directors, 2002-2009

Florida Assertive Community Treatment AF.C.A.T.@ Advisory Committee, 2002-2005

Anti-Defamation League, Co-Chairperson, Civil Rights Committee, 2001-2004

Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter President, 2000-2001

Citizens for Judicial Integrity, Co-Chairperson, 2000-2001

Dade County Bar Association President, June 1999 through June 2000

Commissioner, Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 1995-1999

Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 1994-1997

Dade County Bar Association, every officer position 1995-1999

Dade Heritage Trust Board of Trustees, 1989-1995

Miami Centennial >96, History and Heritage Committee, 1995

American Jewish Committee, Vice President, 1991-1995

Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, Executive Board, 1991-2013

Florida Law Related Education Association, Board of Directors 1989-1993

Anti-Defamation League, Chairperson, Civil Rights Committee 1990-1991

Friends of City of Miami Cemetery, Chairperson – celebrating Julia Tuttle’s Birthday 1990

Lectures/Speeches/Interviews:

Collaboration and Enforcement Objectives of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, July 5, 2022
Panelist: Mishcon de Reya Seminar

Criminal Tax Procedures and Strategies, June 15, 2022
Speaker: Greater Miami Tax Institute

Plea and Sentencing Preparation from Practitioners and Judges Perspective, February 18, 2022
Panelist: Spellman-Hoeveler Inn of Courts Bench & Bar Conference

Federal Criminal Pre-Trial Procedure, February 18, 2022
Moderator: Spellman-Hoeveler Inn of Courts Bench & Bar Conference

Criminal Tax Matters for the CPA, February 4, 2021
Speaker: BDO USA (Accountants) Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Offices

The Use of Experts & Investigators in Criminal & Civil Tax Cases, November 19, 2020
Speaker: Greater Miami Tax Institute

Criminal Tax Matters for the CPA, July 27, 2020
Speaker: CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C., Boca Raton Office

American Inns of Court’s Bench & Bar Conference, March 1, 2019
Panelist: Developments in Tax & Trust Law

Tax Law and The Attorney/Client Privilege Under Attack, September 26, 2018
Speaker: South Florida Tax Litigation Association

Update on Criminal Tax Cases Impacting CPAs – What You Must Know to Stay Out of Trouble, April 18, 2018
Speaker: FICPA South Dade Chapter

Update on Criminal Tax Cases Impacting CPAs – What You Must Know to Stay Out of Trouble, October 23, 2017
Speaker: Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber, CPAs

Update on Criminal Tax Cases Impacting CPAs – What You Must Know to Stay Out of Trouble, September 27, 2017
Speaker: FICPA’s 2017 Accounting and Business Show

Criminal Tax Procedures and Strategies, May 10, 2017
Speaker: The Greater Miami Tax Institute

Voir Dire: A View from the Bench, February 10, 2017
Moderator: Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference

Swearing in Ceremony for New Attorneys, Third District Court of Appeals, October 7, 2016

Hot Topics in International Tax Law, February 26, 2016
Panelist: Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference

Swearing in Ceremony for New Attorneys, Third District Court of Appeals, October 7, 2015

The Winning Edge, September 30, 2015
Panelist: Florida International University School of Law

Update on Criminal Tax Cases Impacting CPAs – What You Must Know to Stay Out of Trouble (1 TB), September 18, 2015
Speaker: FICPA 30th Annual Accounting Show Program

Criminal Tax Procedures and Strategies, September 9, 2015
Speaker: The Greater Miami Tax Institute

Lunch Talk: Ethical, Civil and Criminal Issues for the Asset Protection Planner, May 8, 2015
Luncheon Speaker for The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and Tax Section

The Giants of Criminal Law: Sentencing, Pleas & Evidence, February 20, 2015
Moderator for Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference 2015

Florida Bar Practicing with Professionalism CLE, Judicial Panel, August 6, 2014
Moderator

Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum, May 8, 2014
Speaker on behalf of The Florida Bar

Univision Television Channel 23, April 15, 2014
Noticias 23 Investiga television interview

Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court, April 8, 2014
Panelist Speaker on topic: The Role of the Board of Governors

Federal Crimes Class, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad School of Law, 2004-2013
Lecture on topic: Criminal Tax

Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 28th Annual Judicial Reception, January 18, 2012
Speaker and presentation for the Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Alan S. Gold

Swearing in Ceremony for new Attorneys, Third District Court of Appeals, October 3, 2011
Speaker

South Florida Legal Guide, August 30, 2011
Panelist Speaker on the topics: Understanding the Impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

The Florida Bar Tax Section, April 30, 2010
Speaker on the topic: Litigation of the Tax Issues in U.S. District Court: Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Litigation; Reducing Liens to Judgement; Personal Residence Foreclosures; and Tax Lien Foreclosures

The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, March 28, 2007
Speaker on the topic: When the IRS Comes Knocking Taxpayer Representation Before the IRS in Criminal Proceedings

Professional Advisory Committee of the Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, February 28, 2007
Speaker on the topic: When the IRS Comes Knocking Taxpayer Representation Before the IRS in Criminal Proceedings

Coral Gables Bar Association, November 15, 2006
Speaker on the topic: The Essentials of Criminal Tax Cases

Television Channel 41, March 23, 2006
A Mano Limpia television panel

Television Channel 41, December 9, 2005
A Mano Limpia television panel

Greater Miami Tax Institute, November 10, 2004
Speaker on the topic: The Essentials of Criminal Tax Case

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 1, 2004
Taxpayer Representation before the Internal Revenue Service and in Criminal Proceedings

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 2, 2003
Ethics and Professionalism, A view from the Bench Moderator

CNN Español, November 10, 2000
An interview regarding the United States Presidential Election

Rockway Middle School, November 9, 2000
Career Day

Telemundo Channel 51, November 2, 2000
An interview show regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Univision Television Channel 23, November 2, 2000
An interview show regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Miami Central High School, October 26, 2000
A Debate regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Univision Channel 23, October 26, 2000
Despierta America An interview regarding Merit Selection/Retention

The New York Times, October 25, 2000
Profiled regarding Merit Selection/Retention

South Miami Rotary, October 24, 2000
Speaker regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Concerned Citizens of Dade Forum, October 23, 2000
Speaker regarding Merit Selection/Retention

American Bar Association, October 19, 2000
Sponsored at Miami-Dade Community College Inter-American Campus, A Debate regarding Merit Selection/Retention

American Bar Association, October 18, 2000
Sponsored at Miami-Dade Community College North Campus, A Debate regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Dedication Ceremony Judge Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, October 13, 2000

WPLG Television Channel 10, This Week with Michael Putney, October 8, 2000
An interview regarding Merit Selection/Retention

WLRN Television Channel 17, October 8, 2000
An interview by Mario Pita regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Cable Television Miavision Channel 13, October 8, 2000
An interview by Mario Pita regarding Merit Selection/Retention

The Downtown Bay Forum, September 27, 2000
A debate regarding Merit Selection/Retention

WQBA Radio Station 1140 AM, July 27, 2000
An interview hosted by Bernadette Pardo regarding Merit Selection/Retention

WPTB Television Channel 2, July 21, 2000
Issues Discussion regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Dade County Bar Association, June 1999-June 2000
In my capacity as President I was asked to speak before many Bar Association and community-related groups.

Swearing in Ceremony for new Attorneys, Third District Court of Appeals, May 8, 2000
Speaker

Miami-Dade Legal Support Association Seminar, May 6, 2000
Speaker

Law Week Celebration, North Dade Justice Center, May 3, 2000
Speaker

Miami Springs Rotary, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce, April 26, 2000
Panelist/Speaker regarding Merit Selection/Retention

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Gold Coast Chapter, February 2, 2000
Speaker on the topic: Issues in a Criminal Tax

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Gold Coast Chapter, January 25, 2000
Speaker on the topic: Issues in a Criminal Tax

Ethics in Telemarketing, November 16, 1999
Panelist

Swearing in Ceremony for New Attorneys, Third District Court of Appeals, October 4, 1999
Speaker

Greater Miami Tax Institute, July 1999
Speaker on the topic: Guidelines and Criminal Tax Cases in Federal Court