Braxton advises clients on tax-advantaged strategies for investments, acquisitions, mergers, tax-deferred exchanges, reorganizations and tax accounting for operations. His practice also includes business succession and estate planning for investors and business owners.  His client base is mainly closely-held corporations, partnerships, LLCs, estates and trusts. The clients are both domestic and foreign, advising US investors on overseas transactions and foreign nationals on US transactions. Braxton has a special emphasis on tax controversies and IRS cases in tax administrative examinations, collection, appeals and tax litigation matters in federal and state courts.

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1987-2020
  • Norfolk Tax Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006-2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business, 2004-2018
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017/18, 2019
  • American College of Tax Counsel; Fellow
  • Annual Virginia Conference on Federal Taxation, University of Virginia; Editor
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Austin Hoyt, Judge; United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C., 1971-1973


  • Virginia State Bar; Former Chairman, Committee on Cooperation with Affiliated Professions
  • Joint IRS/Virginia Department of Taxation Practitioner Communications Committee; Former Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Bar Association; Section of Taxation, Committee on Tax Accounting, Committee on Individual Investments and Workouts, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Committee on Special Problems of Business Owners
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association


  • U.S. Tax Court, 1972
  • Virginia Bar, 1971


  • University of Virginia; B.S., 1968
  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1971

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