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Mr. Taylor, the founder of the Firm, has 30 years of experience in handling civil and criminal tax controversies. He handles litigation in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also handles administrative disputes within the IRS, including audits, collection matters, criminal investigations, administrative hearings with the Office of Appeals and Collection Due Process appeals.


Mr. Taylor, prior to entering private practice in 1989, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California from 1987 to 1989. From 1984 to 1987, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Laguna Niguel IRS District Counsel’s Office, where he handled Tax Court cases, criminal matters and complex collection matters for the IRS. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Taylor was an Attorney with General Litigation Division of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in collection, bankruptcy and summons matters for the IRS.


Mr. Taylor has a wealth of experience handling all aspects of tax disputes involving federal and state taxing agencies. He also serves as an expert witness in litigation between private parties where tax issues arise.Mr. Taylor serves as Tax Counsel to the firm of Shulman, Hodges & Bastian.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 60%
  2. Tax Fraud: 40%

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  • Haleh Colleen Naimi

    Lavar Taylor is top-notch tax attorney with expertise in civil and criminal tax issues. He has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues in his field and is truly worthy of recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America.


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    I endorse Lavar wholeheartedly - I know that I will always get superb results on any matter I refer to him.


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Contact info

Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor

6 Hutton Centre Suite 880

Santa Ana, CA, 92707-8780


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Lawyer of the Year- Tax LawBest Lawyers2011
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V. Judson Klein AwardState Bar of California, Taxation Section2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Offices of A. Lavar Taylor APC1989 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office, Tax Division1987 - 1989
Senior Trial AttorneyDistrict Counsel, Internal Revenue Service1984 - 1987
Attorney- General LitigationI.R.S. Office Of Chief Counsel1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tax SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Orange County Bankruptcy ForumMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Tax Procedure and Litigation CommitteeChairN/A
California State Bar Bankruptcy TaxChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Attorney's Fees VictoryWon
Criminal Investigation DroppedWon
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar at Whittier Law School2013 Income Taxation2013
Annual UCLA Tax Controversy Institute“Federal Employment Taxes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”2013
2013 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conf.Ethics and Conflicts” panelN/A