Siana Danch is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on federal tax controversy, regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, and white collar defense. Siana has extensive experience in defending clients before the IRS in matters involving criminal and civil tax fraud, assessment and collection actions. Siana has handled a variety of federal trial and appellate court pleadings, including refund suits, deficiency petitions and an appellate brief on FBAR penalty issues. She has also assisted clients in responding to federal and state civil and criminal investigations involving tax and money-laundering compliance.
Siana also advises financial institutions and businesses on anti-money laundering and Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance and emerging trends, including cryptocurrency regulation. In addition, she assists clients in investigations arising under the Bank Secrecy Act. Siana is a contributor to Money Laundering Watch, Ballard Spahr's blog focused on money laundering issues and is a member of the firm's Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency Team.
- Successfully defended major international corporation in wide-ranging civil tax fraud investigation and audit relating to ten-figure inter-company transaction and nine-figure monetary liability. Result: no fraud penalty.
- Secured favorable resolution for financial institution in federal regulatory examination of alleged BSA violations. Result: no consent order.
- Successfully assisted numerous individuals and businesses accused of multi-million dollar federal tax fraud schemes, including income tax evasion and payroll schemes.
Pro Bono Experience
University of Washington School of Law (J.D. and LL.M, 2017)
University of Washington (B.A., 2010)
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit