Chief Special Master
United States Court of Federal Claims
Brian H. Corcoran was appointed as a Special Master of the United States Court of Federal Claims on January 13, 2014. He graduated cum laude, with high honors in his major, from Dartmouth College in 1988, and received his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was designated Chief Special Master on October 1, 2019. Before becoming a special master, Chief Special Master Corcoran was a seasoned trial attorney with experience in a wide variety of legal matters, including intellectual property, general commercial disputes, tax matters, and pro bono civil rights and employment discrimination actions. Until 2008, he was employed in the private sector, working in New York City and Washington, D.C., where he became a partner at his law firm. He thereafter worked for the Department of Justice, Tax Division, as a trial attorney, where he obtained numerous permanent injunctions against fraudulent tax preparers and the promoters of illegal tax schemes across the United States. As Chief Special Master, he is responsible for overseeing and managing the work of the Office of Special Masters, presiding over cases designated for OSM’s “special processing unit” (or cases deemed likely to settle), while also handling his own docket of cases comparable to those managed by his colleague special masters.