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Igor Drabkin

Tax Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Igor S. Drabkin

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Igor

Learn Igor’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals

  2. Bankruptcy and debt

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    26 years

  4. Criminal defense

  5. Debt collection

  6. Debt settlement

  7. Litigation

  8. Tax
    Former IRS Attorney. Practice devoted to tax controversy matters, including representation of taxpayers in court and before the IRS and state tax agencies.

    26 years

  9. Tax fraud and tax evasion

    26 years

  10. Other

Igor S. Drabkin is a Certified Tax Specialist and a principal of Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, A Professional Law Corporation. Igor devotes his skills and experience to representation of clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and State taxing authorities, both administratively and in court. He litigates cases in all federal and state courts, including U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In addition, Igor represents clients in tax audits, fraud and criminal investigations, appeal, and collection matters. He is also experienced in bankruptcy tax issues.

As a Senior Trial Attorney for the IRS, Igor litigated many complex tax cases, including those which involved unreported income and fraud issues. In addition, he served as an area coordinator and advisor to IRS Fraud Referral Specialists, being responsible for selection and development of tax fraud cases, and establishing sufficient proof for penalties and potential criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Igor represented the government in bankruptcy cases which involved tax issues. Igor’s experience is invaluable in dealing with all tax collection issues, including bankruptcy as well as offers in compromise, installment agreements, and negotiation of release of liens and levies. Igor is an Adjunct Professor for the Golden Gate University’s Graduate School of Taxation, teaching courses in Advanced Federal Income Taxation and Tax Research & Procedure.

Igor received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Igor served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Igor received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the California State University, Northridge. Igor is fluent in Russian.

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January 24, 2012: Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin tax law partners Gary Slavett and Igor Drabkin were featured today by CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront program regarding Mitt Romney’s tax returns released this morning.  Gary and Igor were a part of the team that rev


Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin
315 S. Beverly Drive
Suite 515
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-4316
Holtz Slavett & Drabkin A Professional Law Corporation
10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
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Posted by Colleen | October 22, 2009
Igor is a Trusted Advisor
I am extremely happy with Igor Drabkin. Given my personal situation, I have been working with several attorney's and Igor is the best. He is very compassionate, responsive and knowledgeable about his field. He keeps you informed, he does not "waste" time and most of all he is "on top" of everything. Having Igor on your team creates a comfort level in knowing that things are being taken care of.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2009
Great Tax attorney
Sensitive to cost/benefit of arguing with IRS, kept me informed, monitored costs every step of the way.
Posted by Christopher Hanley | October 20, 2009
most professional, knowledgable and aggressive tax attorney around.
Igor has been in my corner the entire time I have been in dispute with the IRS. He knows the in's and out's and contacts within the IRS due to his having been on the inside for them earlier in his career. My case spands a half a decade and not only has he helped me and my family get thru this nightmare but he has also showed me and my family compassion and has never waivered dilegence wise or his belief in my rights as an American citizen. I would not only recommend Igor but would persist that you use him either for individual tax liability or corporate liability. On top of him never showing doubt of my innocence during my case he actually showed me that his knowledge of the IRS's internal operations and the key players within its system that he can call on to move things along or get my info in front of the right people to make the next decision in my case was to say the least impressive. He is aggresive and he will get the job done and that is all that needs to be said. If you would like to speak with me directly to find out if Igor or his firm is the right fit for you and your needs, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time Igor office has all of my numbers and I would be glad to discuss what he has done for my family, business and quality of life with you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2008
Client Review
We recently retained Igor Drabin for our IRS case. It's too early for an IRS decision or resolution but so far I am thrilled with the professionalism of this man. He listens and then takes immiate action on our case. He is FANTASTIC at keeping us informed. We feel confident that we made the right choice in an attorney. I will write a follow up review when our case is resolved.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 600-700 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Golden Gate University
  • 2001 - Present
  • Principal
  • Holtz Slavett & Drabkin A Professional Law Corporation
  • 1900 - Present
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office, Tax Division
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • 1999 - 2007
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  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 1998
  • California St Univ Northridge
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bobbs v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2005-272
  • Le v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2003-219
  • Victory in fraud case
  • Boyd v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2002-46
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  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star, Tax Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star in Southern California Tax Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Certified Tax Law Specialist
  • Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Minimizing Business Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy and Taxes
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (16)
Endorse Igor
Tax Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former IRS attorney, he is very knowledgeable and helpful."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked in the same office with Igor for several years at the Office of Chief Counsel of IRS. Igor was very knowledgeable and competent in that position. As a private practitioner, he has been quick to lend me help when needed. He is professional, intelligent, and knows his stuff. Highly recommended when you have a problem with the IRS."
Tax Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Drabkin is a talented attorney that handles cases aggressively while producing great results for his clients. Mr. Drabkin is a tremendous advocate for his clients and is well-respected in the legal community. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Tax Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Tax Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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