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Originally from Colorado, Kevan attended the University of Colorado
in Boulder, Colorado. There he double majored in Political Science and
Economics with a Special International Emphasis.


After his undergraduate, Kevan moved to San Francisco, California to
attend the Golden Gate University School of Law. While in law school he
specialized in tax law, earning a Specialization Certificate in Tax Law
with distinction. Kevan also served as the Executive Articles Editor
of the Golden Gate University Law Review and co-authored an article
published in the thirty-eighth volume of the Golden Gate University Law
Review with Jessica L. Hannah. Kevan was a teaching assistant to
Professor Eric C. Christiansen, a leading scholar in the area of
comparative Constitutional law, was recognized for a variety of other
achievements, and graduated at the top of his class.


Upon graduating from law school, Kevan moved to San Diego, California
to attend the Graduate Tax Law Program at the University of San Diego
School of Law. There he earned his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M) –
the highest educational degree in tax law.


Kevan has previously worked for the California State Board of
Equalization Taxpayer Appeals Assistance Program. Today Kevan also
serves as a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego,
donating his tax litigation and controversy experience to help
low-income taxpayers.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 80%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%



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  • Samuel D Brotman

    I have known Kevan for several years now and he is an asset to the San Diego tax law community. He is a diligent and passionate representative on behalf of his clients. I would highly recommend him.


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  • Donald A Green

    I endorse this lawyer. Kevan knows his stuff. I have consulted with him on tax matters for clients and he is always ready and willing to help. He has always done so on his own time and without any expectation of payment. He is friendly and knowledgeable, and always willing to help.


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Contact info

McLaughlin Legal

5151 Shoreham Place
Suite 265
San Diego, CA, 92122-5916


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2016
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best of the BarSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Top Young Attorneys NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Outstanding Young Attorney NominieeSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
San Diego's Top Attorneys (Tax)San Diego Metropolitan Magazine2012
San Diego'sTop Attorneys (Tax)San Diego Metropolitan Magazine2011
Outstanding Young Attorney NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2010
2009 Outstanding Young Attorney NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSan Diego State University2016 - Present
Attorney at LawMcLaughlin Legal2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Young Tax Lawyers CommitteePublication Chair2013 - Present
San Diego County BarMember2010 - Present
United States Tax CourtMember2008 - Present
California Journal of Tax LitigationEditor2014 - 2015
University of San Diego School of LawAdjunct Law Professor2013 - 2013
Young Tax Lawyers of the State Bar of California Tax Section, San Diego ChapterCo-Chair2011 - 2012
San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionCo-chair2011 - 2013
Young Tax Lawyers Committee San Diego ChapterSecretary2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Perez v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. 4 (2015)Compensation for pain and suffering resulting from the consensual performance of a service contract is not “damages” under I.R.C. section 104(a)(2) and must be included in gross income.
Carreon, et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 2014-6Taxpayers were not liable for the IRC section 6663 civil fraud penalty
Fitch v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-358N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tax Notes TodayProposed Changes to the IRS Whistleblower Program2013
Newsletter of the Taxation Procedure and Litigation Committee Taxation Section of the State Bar of CaliforniaThe Importance of the Pretrial Memorandum in Tax Court2012
Tax Notes TodayBalancing Privacy and Efficiency Under Section 7602: What is “Reasonable Notice” and Changing IRS Procedures Related to Third-Party Contacts2012
California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 21, Number 1IRS Chief Counsel Notice CC-2012-004 and Notice 2012-82012
California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 21, Number 2A Warning Against Financial Dealings With Clients: Bailey v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-962012
Journal of AccountancyStategies for Compromising Tax Debts2011
California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 20, Number 1National Muffler Out, Chevon In: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Mayo v. United States2011
Newsletter of the Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee Taxation Section of the State Bar of CaliforniaExpansion of Section 6041 and Information Reporting Procedures2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawGraduate Tax Law ProgramLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Colorado - BoulderPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
University of Colorado - BoulderEconomics with Special International EmphasisBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego County Bar AssociationU.S. Tax and Immigration Issues for the Global Citizen Living Abroad2014
Law and Tax SeminarsEthics for Tax Professionals2014
2014 IRS Nationwide Tax ForumHelping Your Clients with Offers in Compromise2014
18th Annual Tax & Accounting InstituteTax Controversy & Innocent Spouse2014
USD Tax Law SocietyA Discussion of Business Tax Law Changes, Recent and Future2013
Downtown Discussion GroupUpdates on Professional Responsibility for Tax Practitioners2013
CLEProblems, Pitfalls, and Solutions for Payroll Taxes2013
CLESales Tax Audits: 3 Case Studies2013
2013 National Tax ForumReturn Preparer Fraud: Remedies for the Taxpayer2013
17th Annual Tax & Accounting InstituteProfessional Responsibilities for Tax Professionals Update2013
MCLETax Issues for Attorneys and Law Firms2012
Local Discussion GroupRelief from Joint & Several Liability – Section 60152012
Continuing EducationHandling Tax Controversies2012
16th Annual CalCPA Tax & Accounting InstituteGetting the Best Results from the IRS Collection Division2012
Foreclosure Law and the Related Tax IssuesForeclosure Law and the Related Tax Issues2011
California Society of CPAs San Diego Taxation Committee and CalCPA La Jolla Life's a Beach Discussion GroupRepresenting Financially Distressed Taxpayers: Unique Tax Issues2011
California Bank & Trust Business Entity Taxation SeminarIRS' Plan for "Holistic Audits"2011
15th Annual Tax & Accounting InstitutePersonal Liability for Trust Taxes2011
MCLELitigation Recoveries and Income Tax Consequences: 1099 Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Legal Aid Services and Their Clients2010
CalCPA Discussion GroupDevelopments in Circular 230 and the Future of Practicing Before the IRS2010