Erika A. Kellerhals is a tax and business lawyer with an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University and extensive experience advising individuals and entities. In addition to her significant experience in corporate and transactional law, her main practice focuses on all facets of federal tax law, including individual, corporate, partnership, and international taxation and all phases of federal and territorial tax controversy. Her controversy practice focuses on the representation of corporate and individual taxpayers in federal and territorial tax controversy matters, including domestic tax examinations and settlement negotiations before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue at the examination and appeals levels addressing a broad range of domestic tax issues, as well as litigation in the United States District Court. With partner Chris Kroblin, she litigates matters including wrongful levies and liens, refund claims, and actions under the Freedom of Information Act and the Virgin Islands Sunshine Act.
Erika’s corporate and transactional practice is rooted in her years of practice in the Virgin Islands and in depth knowledge of the U.S. Virgin Islands incentive programs. She advises clients on obtaining economic development incentives from the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission and the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park, buying and selling local companies, reorganising existing entities, and starting new businesses in the Virgin Islands.
Prior to relocating to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Erika practised at a boutique New York firm that specialised in providing comprehensive tax advice to individuals and closely held corporations. After relocating to the Virgin Islands in 2003, she expanded on these practice areas and gained a comprehensive understanding of doing business in the territory at the Law Offices of Marjorie Rawls Roberts, P.C. Erika’s experience representing both large international businesses and local companies allowed her to launch her own firm in 2008, before forming Kellerhals Ferguson, LLP, in 2011 with her current partner and former co-worker, Greg Ferguson.
Kellerhals Ferguson Kroblin PLLC (KFK) is a full service business law firm with offices in the U.S. Virgin Islands and New York. We provide our clients with comprehensive counsel and representation in corporate transactions, tax planning and controversy, civil litigation and real estate matters, with an additional focus on the needs of businesses relocating to the U.S. Virgin Islands through the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission (EDC) tax incentive program. Representative clients include such diverse enterprises as investment managers, real estate developers, governments, high-tech manufacturers, e-commerce businesses, commercial tour operators, restaurant proprietors, as well as many large banking and financial institutions.
KFK is affiliated with the AV rated Wall Street law firm Solomon Blum Heymann LLP, which provides additional expertise, resources, and diversity to better serve our client needs. We are also affiliated with West Indies Title LLC, a premier title insurance agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Business Basics VI LLC, a corporate services company in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
KFK ensures that our clients receive sophisticated, personalised, efficient, and cost-effective service from experienced attorneys, affiliates, and staff. Our attorneys have extensive backgrounds in complex corporate transactional work, commercial disputes and litigation, domestic and international tax controversies, federal and local regulatory matters, large-scale real estate and resort development, environmental and land-use laws and regulations, banking, and strategic planning for companies and individuals.
Our local business practice is rooted in decades of experience with U.S. Virgin Islands markets and regulations, as well as over 30 years of direct involvement with the U.S. Virgins Islands EDC program. Our tax attorneys offer expertise in federal and local tax planning and disputes, a long track record of successful settlement negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, and years of experience litigating before the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Courts. Two of our attorneys hold LL.M. degrees in taxation from New York University.