3700 Buffalo Speedway
, Suite 1000, 
Houston, TX 77098, 
phone: 713-333-0555, 
fax: 713-333-0550


Cantrell & Cantrell, PLLC is a Houston law firm that specializes in tax law, providing tax advice to individuals and businesses, planning complicated tax transactions, reviewing or preparing tax returns, handling IRS examinations and appeals, mediating business disputes, and trying cases before the United States Tax Court and the court of appeals. Its partners are licensed Texas attorneys, two of whom are Board Certified in Tax and/or Estate Planning & Probate Law. One partner is a Certified Mediator with the State of Texas. The firm also has three experienced CPAs, who provide tax, but not accounting services. There is no other Houston law firm of our size that combines our experience in tax planning, problem-solving, IRS procedure, litigation and mediation skills. Our controversy team resolves serious tax problems and our planning team keeps them on track so they don't have problems in the first place.

Tax and Estate Planning

Carol A. Cantrell is board certified in Tax Law and Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She helps clients structure and report their transactions to legally minimize their federal income, estate, and gift taxes. She and her staff draft wills, trusts, and partnership agreements, handle probate and trust administration matters, prepare tax returns, draft tax opinion letters and IRS ruling requests, and represent clients before the IRS. She is an author and frequent speaker on tax issues affecting trusts, estates, and partnerships across the country.

IRS Exam and Appeals

W. Patrick Cantrell is board certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He handles tax controversies within the IRS examination, appeals, and collection divisions involving both civil and criminal matters. He has specialized in IRS controversies for over 35 years, beginning with his former career as an IRS appeals officer. Author of the ABA's Federal Tax Procedure for Attorneys, his mastery of IRS procedure is invaluable in negotiating IRS settlements, reducing penalties and making sure the IRS follows the rules.

Tax Litigation

Derek B. Matta graduated from the LSU Law School in 1988 and received a L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston university in 1990. Derek has spent his entire career practicing tax law. He spent 18 years as an IRS Chief Counsel Attorney representing the IRS in small and large case audits, collection proceeding and criminal tax determinations. Derek also spent 10 years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney representing the IRS in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases and summons enforcement proceedings before the Federal District Court.