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David Keligian is a partner with the Orange County, California law firm of Brown & Streza LLP.  David’s practice emphasizes counseling closely held and start-up business ventures and their founders. His representation of business owners includes income, estate and asset protection planning, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, and the resolution of tax controversies.

David received his Juris Doctor with Moot Court Honors, his M.B.A. as a Dean's Scholar, and his B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude - all from the University of Southern California.  Prior to joining Brown & Streza, David spent eighteen years as a tax attorney and shareholder at The Busch Firm, prior practice as the managing partner of a 25 attorney business law firm, as well as practicing as a C.P.A. with Peat Marwick.  His public accounting experience included consulting regarding acquisitions and dispositions of U.S. businesses and real estate, corporate taxation, international transfers of know-how and technology, and tax planning for non-resident individuals and corporations.

David is widely published on a range of tax, accounting, and finance subjects, and a well-recognized panelist and lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, California CPA Foundation, U.S. Federal Court, California Department of Real Estate, and the California Society of CPAs on various tax and accounting topics.

David is very involved in the community as Director and CFO of the Armenian Eye Care Project,which honored him with its Lifetime Humanitarian Award;a member of the Board of Trustees of the Diocese Endowment Fund; and a prior member and Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Tax: 40%
  3. Corporate: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Beth Kristin Rautiola

    I have had the pleasure to work with David on a few business and tax projects. David has a great understanding of business, accounting and the tax code. His intellectual horsepower is impressive but his relationship with his clients is even more impressive. David has a wonderful ability to educate clients and other advisers quickly so that projects are efficient. David has a practical and hands on understanding of projects and work flow. David is able to address complex legal matters with great skill and efficiency. For someone with his level of experience and knowledge he still understands all aspects of a project including the unique drafting issues that other practitioners have long since forgotten. David is a great choice for complex tax, business and estate matters


    Beth Rautiola Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Paula Ann Clarkson

    David is an amazing resource for tax matters. His knowledge is exceptional. David is very responsive to clients needs and concerns and thinks outside the box for planning.


    Paula Clarkson Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Brown & Streza, LLP

40 Pacifica, 15th Floor
Irvine, CA, 92618


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine, New York Times, Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Southern California Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine, New York Times, Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine2015
OC Top AttorneyOC Metro Magazine2013
OC Top AttorneyOC Metro Magazine2012
OC Top AttorneyOC Metro Magazine2011
Juris Doctor, Moot Court HonorsUniversity of Southern California1980
Master of Business Administration, Dean's ListUniversity of Southern California1980
Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of Southern California1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrown & Streza LLP2011 - Present
Tax Attorney / ShareholderThe Busch Firm1993 - 2011
Managing Partner (Tax Associate 1986-89)Grayson, Givner, Booke, Silver & Wolfe1986 - 1992
Tax AssociateFreshman, Marantz, Orlanski, Comsky & Deutsch1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
CaliforniaCertified Public Accountant1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present
Pacific Club-Membership and Legal CommitteesMember2010 - 2012
Armenian Assembly of AmericaChairman of Audit Committee2003 - 2008
Armenian Eye Care ProjectDirector and CFO2002 - 2012
Western Diocese Endowment FundBoard of Trustees2000 - 2010
Ararat Home of Los AngelesChairman of Legal Committee1992 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Tax and Accounting Elections2013
The Journal of TaxationWinning Independent Contractor Disputes With an IRS Predisposed to Find Employees2011
The Journal of TaxationTaxation of Life Settlements - Unanswered Questions After Revenue Rulings 2009-13 & 2009-142009
Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 4LLCs for Start-Ups: Yes or No?2004
Taxes - The Tax Magazine, SeptemberFamily Partnerships and Code Section 2036 - - Judicial Activism Targets Family Entities2003
Capitalizing and Protecting New Businesses, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Agreements Among Founders1996
Capitalizing and Protecting New Businesses, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Tax and Accounting Elections1996
ABA The Practical Tax LawyerGRATs and GRUTs: What They Are and How to Draft Them (with Checklist)1995
The Journal of TaxationAppraisal Issues Now Require Greater Attention for Tax Planning to be Effective1994
California Society of CPAsSuccessfully Representing Clients Before the IRS1993
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Tax Practice in California1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalAvoiding Tax Disasters1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalUsing Exchanges Effectively1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalQuestions and Answers on Exchanges1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalAudits of Developers and Contractors - What the IRS Looks For1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalLeading Edge Tax Planning with Family Partnerships1991
San Fernando Valley Construction JournalTax Planning with Trusts1991
Los Angeles Business JournalIRS Hits Independent Contractor Issue1990
Los Angeles Business JournalDon't Rush to Open Your Business Files to the IRS1989
Los Angeles Daily JournalLibility of Tax Return Preparers1989
Los Angeles Business JournalFinancing Laws Transform Corporate Landscapes1989
Los Angeles Business Journal, AprilA Weaker U.S. Dollar - Influx of Foreign Entertainment Companies1988
Hollywood ReporterDeal Making Protocol with the Japanese1988
Taxation For AccountantsPassive Activity Regulations Require More Sophistication in Record Keeping1988
Taxation for LawyersPassive Activity Regulations Require More Sophistication in Record Keeping1988
California Escrow AssociationFIRPTA - A Manual for Escrow Officers1988
Practical Tax LawyerA Primer on the New Passive Loss Rules1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawMaster of Business Administration (Dean's List)1980
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor (Moot Court Honors)1980
University of Southern California Law SchoolAccountingOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
USC Tax InstituteTax2011
California Continuing Education of the BarAccounting for Lawyers2011
California Continuing Education for the Bar, Advanced Course StudyRepresenting Start-Ups and Emerging Growth Companies2011
California Continuing Education of the BarHow to Think Like an MBA: Business Concepts for Lawyers2009
Lorman Educational ServicesRecognizing the Blind Spots in the World of Partnerships, LLPs and LLCs2004
National Business InstituteFamily Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in California2003
Lorman Educational ServicesPartnerships, LLCs, and LLPs - Organization and Operation in California2003
OCBA Capital Markets ConferenceSelected Planning Concerns for Company Founders1999
California Continuing Education of the BarRecent Developments in Business Law Practice1992
State Bar of California, Tax SectionNew Developments in Estate and Gift Planning1991
State Bar of California, Tax SectionTax Planning for Real Estate Dispositions and Exchanges1991
State Bar of California, Tax SectionCorporate Tax Planning and Drafting for the Acquisition and Disposition of Corporate Business1990
California Continuing Education of the BarAdvising California Professional Partnerships and Corporations1990
California CPA FoundationIssues in Real Estate Taxation I and II1988
California CPA FoundationTax Issues and Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring1988