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Michael Dallo, CPA, JD, LL.M. is a tax attorney and certified public accountant of Dallo Law Group, a Professional Corporation. For over 10 years, Michael has assisted his clients in developing sound tax positions and arguments to minimize their federal and state tax liability as well as zealously representing his clients in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing agencies. Michael’s practice focuses on tax controversy matters including audit reprentation, administrative appeals, tax debt settlements, tax litigation, and criminal tax defense.


Michael frequently represents his clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), State Board of Equalization (BOE) and the Employment Development Department (EDD). He understands that mastering the practice of tax law requires extensive experience and education. For that reason, Michael has dedicated and focused his professional experience and education to the practice of tax.


Tax Experience

Prior to becoming an attorney, Michael worked as a certified public accountant in the Tax Department of a multi-national Fortune 500 Company where he conducted significant tax research and worked with tax attorneys to resolve multi-million dollar tax disputes with the IRS and various state taxing agencies. Michael also ran his own CPA firm where he prepared hundreds of tax returns for individuals and small businesses. In his CPA practice, Michael frequently represented clients in audit representation and achieved superb results.


Among his many experiences, while in law school, Michael was a teaching assistant for a Tax Court Judge, worked in the Tax Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris, France, and worked for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Justice, Michael studied the procedures and policies of the government in Federal Tax cases and was trained by US Trial Attorneys. Michael is thrilled to utilize those tactics and skills for the benefit of our clients. Michael also consulted for a San Diego based tax controversy law firm. During his tenure, he assisted in the preparation of complex individual and corporate income tax returns, prepared opinion letters on financial transactions involving significant tax positions, and also assisted in developing successful legal arguments in response to IRS demands in audits that helped save clients thousands of dollars in tax savings.


Michael also serves as general counsel for Dallo & Co., Inc. a conglomerate of thirteen grocery stores in San Diego (Jonathan’s, Harvest Ranch and Foodland Markets) where he advises on tax issues, contract and lease negotiations, and employment issues for over eight-hundred employees.


Tax Education

Michael brings unparalleled credentials to our client’s tax disputes. He holds a Master of Laws in Taxation Degree (LL.M) from New York University, which is the most prestigious and highest ranked graduate tax program in the nation. Michael obtained his Law Degree (J.D.) from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude (Top 5%) and was the recipient of the “Ralph Gano Miller Tax Award” for the highest overall grade point average in the area of taxation in his graduating class. Michael obtained two bachelor degrees, in Accounting and Business Administration, from the University of San Diego where he graduated Magna Cum Laude (Top 10%).


Michael is fluent in Spanish and Chaldean-Aramaic.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Tax: 90%
    5 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 5%
    5 years
  3. Business: 5%
    5 years



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  • Christine Chin Wu

    I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend him. Michael and I have been classmates and colleagues for several years and he is an excellent attorney and passionate advocate for his clients. Michael is your best bet for any and all of your tax issues and concerns.


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  • Catherine Elizabeth Weinberg

    Michael Dallo is knowledgeable, professional, and very well accomplished in his field. I do not hesitate to recommend my own clients to him for tax advice. He is passionate about his clients and his practice, and it shows in the optimal results he is able to achieve for his clients.


    Catherine Weinberg Landlord or tenant Attorney
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Contact info

Dallo Law Group | Tax Law Firm

406 Ninth Avenue
Suite 212
San Diego, CA, 92101-8421


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best of the BarSan Diego Daily Transcript2016
Most Admired CEOSan Diego Business Journal2016
San Diego's Best Tax Law FirmUnion Tribune2015
Top General Counsel AwardSan Diego Business Journal2015
Best of the BarSan Diego Daily Transcript2015
San Diego's Best Tax Law FirmUnion Tribune2014
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif2011
Ralph Gano Miller Tax AwardRalph Gano Miller2011
CALI Award, Tax LitigationCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction2010
CALI Award, Tax 1Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderDallo Law Group | Tax Law Firm2011 - Present
General CounselDallo Enterprises2011 - Present
Law ClerkDepartment of Justice2010 - 2010
Tax AccountantSempra Energy2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Society of Certified Public AccountantsMember2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember2012 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Non-Collectible StatusCase resolved with non-collectible status.
United State Tax CourtTaxpayer victory on all issues
Penalty AbatementNegotiated full penalty removal
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Tax LawyerFTB Retroactively Denies Tax Benefits for "Qualified Small Business Stock"2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTax LawLL.M - Master of Laws2012
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
University of San DiegoBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors2006
University of San DiegoAccountingOther - Bachelors2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
www.wealthed.comSetting Your Tax Debt2015
Real Talk San DiegoThe Tax Resolution Process2015
University of San Diego School of LawWhat Every Tax Practitioner Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act2014
South Orange County Chapter MeetingDealing with IRS Collections2013
California Society of Tax ConsultantsOverview of the IRS Collection Process2013
USD Legal ClinicsAre You Ready for Taxmaggedon?2012