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Michael Thomas Lebeau

Tax Attorney at Whittier, CA

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    California property taxes, including Proposition 13 changes in ownership and valuation disputes with county assessors.

  2. Appeals
    Appearing before county assessment appeals boards and the State Board of Equalization.

  3. Litigation
    Litigating property tax disputes with local county assessors and the State Board of Equalization

My first experiences in property taxes began over 25 years ago when I joined the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. While employed by the L. A. County Assessor, I prepared and presented the assessor's defense of property tax appeals, appraised real property, assisted in the professional education of new appraiser trainees, and developed taxpayer education materials.

During February 1997 I joined the State Board of Equalization in Sacramento, where I helped to revise the statewide Assessors' Handbook, assisted in the drafting of new property tax regulations, and conducted compliance audits of California's county assessors.  Concurrent with my employment at the Board, I enrolled in the evening division at the McGeorge School of Law. Graduating in 2002, I earned the degree Juris Doctor with Great Distinction, and successfully completed McGeorge's Tax Concentration. I was admitted to the State Bar of California on December 3, 2002.

Until 2007, I held attorney positions in the Board's Legal Department and the office of the Honorable Claude Parrish, the Board's Vice Chairman. Both of those positions required me to apply and interpret a wide variety of tax laws involving individuals and businesses.

From 2007 until present I have been in private practice. My practice is limited to state and local tax controversies.

Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 12/02/2022

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Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
13215 E. Penn Street, Suite 510
Whittier, CA, 90602


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Silver Law Group, APLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Cahill, Davis & O'Neall, LLP
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Tax Counsel III
  • California State Board of Equalization
  • 2002 - 2007
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  • University of The Pacific - Mcgeorge School of Law
  • JD, Taxation Concentration
  • 2002
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Stipulated Judgment for Plaintiff


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Chair / Vice Chair, State and Local Tax Committee
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section
  • Chair / Vice Chair, State and Local Tax Committee
  • 2014 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2013
  • Article of the Year
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2011
  • Order of the Coif
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 2002
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Tax Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mike Lebeau. I continue to rely on him for his advice and counsel for complex real estate transaction matters, especially property tax issues that involve the need for aggressive representation before the county assessors and State Board of Equalization. Mike consistently demonstrates a thoughtful, comprehensive and analytic approach to every case."
Whittier Tax Lawyer Michael Thomas Lebeau
Michael Thomas Lebeau
Tax Attorney
Whittier, CA
Licensed for 20 years