Stuart Schabes - Business, Tax and Creditors' Rights, Workouts and Bankruptcy  Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Baltimore, MD)

Stuart M. Schabes

443.263.4196 fax

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States Tax Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1986)
  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1984)
    • Notes and Comment Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • Duquesne University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1981)

Stuart M. Schabes


Stuart M. Schabes, an experienced tax and corporate attorney, co-chairs Ober|Kaler's Tax Group and Business Group. His vision and deep understanding of how clients can benefit from cutting-edge tax planning and structures for domestic and in-bound transactional matters is opening new doors for Ober|Kaler’s clients seeking innovative tax counsel and new business opportunities.

Stuart represents clients in complex business matters. His many successes include negotiation of countless mergers, acquisitions, management buyouts, and sales to – and from – private equity and other joint venture-related entities.

Experienced in virtually all aspects of tax litigation at both the federal and state level, Stuart has taken the lead in many tax controversy cases involving the IRS and various state taxing authorities. These include IRS examinations and appellate matters involving income tax, excise tax and employment tax, as well as worker classification issues. His clients operate in widely diverse industries, including aviation, credit card, trucking and transportation, logistics, health care, real estate, hospitality, entertainment and the not-for–profit/exempt sectors.

Stuart’s successful track record of resolving disputes at all levels of the IRS includes participating in the IRS’ newly expanded litigation alternative known as the IRS fast-track mediation process. With many years of experience dealing with the IRS Collection Division on an national level, he is known for his determination in negotiating and resolving IRS tax assessments for both domestic and international based corporations, including Fortune 100 entities, limited liability companies, trusts and estates, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and individuals. Once a tax liability is imposed, Stuart helps clients navigate numerous payment and priority issues. Such issues include the erroneous issuance of IRS tax liens and levies, and their subsequent release and withdrawal.

Recent economic conditions are prompting many clients to seek Stuart’s counsel to handle tax workout situations involving large tax liabilities and abatement of various penalty and interest-related matters. He represents corporate and business directors, officers and employees who are confronting Trust Fund Recovery Penalty matters and similar issues at the state and local level. He provides legal counsel to both domestic and non-U.S.-based clients on participation in various voluntary compliance and amnesty-based programs, including the FBAR filing rules.

Stuart continues to serve as special tax counsel to several global companies, assisting them with numerous IRS and other regulatory and compliance-related issues, including those uniquely applicable under the federal excise tax provisions. He helps secure significant tax refunds for business clients and is often involved in groundbreaking federal excise tax matters such as those affecting various airlines and charter companies.

In addition to his involvement in various legal and aviation industry associations, Stuart is active in an array of charitable and community activities. He currently serves as a board member of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Professional Memberships

Community Service


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and partnerships) and Tax Law Categories (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2012-2017
  • Listed in Smart CEO's Legal Elite, 2010
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2007-2012

Professional Background

  • Partner, Galland, Kharasch, Greenberg, Fellman & Swirsky, P.C.
  • Partner, Blum, Yumkas, Mailman, Gutman & Denick, P.A.
  • Attorney, Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman
  • Attorney, Advisor to Judge Herbert L. Chabot of the United States Tax Court
Publications & Presentations [View All]
  • Stuart frequently speaks on federal and state tax planning and tax controversy related matters
  • Presenter, "The Cost Of Non-Compliance: DOL's Final Overtime Rule and Your Bottom Line," Maryland Construction Network, 2016
  • Presenter, "6th Annual International Tax Seminar: Tax Compliance in a Transparent Environment," Ober|Kaler CPE Program for Israeli Accountants, 2016
  • Presenter, "Major Changes to Taxation of Award Miles," Hotel Tax Executive Committee (HOTEC) Conference, 2016