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Gary Michael Slavett

Tax Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Tax
    Handle all aspects of tax defense, including representation before IRS and California SBE, EDD, and FTB.

    27 years

Gary M. Slavett is a principal of Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, A Professional Law Corporation. Gary’s practice focuses on tax controversy matters including audit representation, administrative appeals, tax litigation, and criminal tax defense.  Gary frequently represents his clients before the United States Tax Court, Internal Revenue Service, California Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Department.


Gary was a Senior Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel.  As an IRS attorney, Gary represented the IRS in U.S. Tax Court and provided legal advice to IRS personnel.  Gary was assigned to, and advised, two groups of Criminal Special Agents with respect to the development and referral of criminal tax cases.  Gary was designated the IRS Chief Counsel liaison to the Los Angeles Office of the Taxpayer Advocate where it was his responsibility to provide legal advice to the Los Angeles Taxpayer Advocate.  Gary was also designated Acting Associate Area Counsel to act as the direct supervisor to trial attorneys and paralegals.  Gary’s litigation practice at the IRS included assignments to high profile cases and covered numerous substantive areas of tax law including income taxes of individuals, partnerships, and corporations, estate tax, interest abatement, innocent spouse, employee classification, and collection due process.


After leaving the IRS, Gary joined Deloitte & Touche’s Tax Controversy Group in Los Angeles.  At Deloitte, Gary represented Deloitte’s clients before the IRS and state taxing authorities.  Clients included Fortune 500 companies from the banking, healthcare, and toy industries, a professional sports team, a popular television personality, and regional real estate and construction firms.

Gary received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of San Diego School Law, and a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, with a major in accounting from the University of Arizona (Tucson). Gary has been an adjunct professor of tax law at Golden Gate University School of Tax where he taught Advanced Federal Income Tax and Tax Research.  Gary currently teaches continuing education courses to California registered tax preparers.

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Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC
315 S. Beverly Drive
Suite 515
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

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Posted by GABRIEL | June 21, 2012
Integrity combined with a passion to help
Gary has a heart of gold. He listens to the "heart" of the case and quickly understands the credibility of his client, which enables him to work with a passion. I am personally indebted to him for taking up my case, where out of ignorance I made several blunders dealing with the IRS, and he with his experience and knowledge has been trying to resolve the issue. Gary has "walked" several extra steps to help my case and it has never been only about fees. I owe him my sincere gratitude for his friendship and counsel. I would any day recommend him because he is not the typical attorney. He is a person with a heart and is committed to his client.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Holtz Slavett & Drabkin
  • 2006 - Present
  • Senior Manager
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Golden Gate University School of Tax
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Tax Attorney
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Tax Attorney
  • Branton & Wilson, Apc
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1997
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Arizona
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Chapman Glenn v. Commissioner
  • Wenner v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • Gealer v. Commissioner


  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Tax Section Executive Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers - Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers - Rising Star
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • USC School of Law 2016 Tax Institute
  • Tax Practitione Penalties SEction 6694, Circular 230, and Beyond
  • 2016
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute
  • Effectively Resolving and IRS Appeal
  • 2014
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute
  • Tax Collection Techniques
  • 2013
  • Internal Revenue Service Continuing Education
  • Summons Enforcement
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Tax Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary has been an invaluable resource for me with regard to all things tax-related, and has helped me help my own clients in their tax matters. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Tax Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Securities and investment fraud
Estate planning
Beverly Hills Tax Lawyer Gary Michael Slavett
Gary Michael Slavett
Tax Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA
Licensed for 27 years