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Jonathan Thomas Amitrano

Tax Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
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Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor
3 Hutton Centre Drive
Suite 500
Santa Ana, CA, 92707

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Posted by Connie A | August 5, 2014
Jonathan Amitrano at RJS Law
I hired RJS Law to assist me with my tax liability. I had been the victim of a horrible marital situation which resulted in me owing over $360,000 in trust fund liability for past due payroll taxes. My Corporation ended up in bankruptcy, but I still had to deal with the personal exposure. Jonathan and Ronnie at RJS Law were quick to formulate a plan. They were up front, realistic and direct about what I could expect and, together we decided to attempt an Offer in Compromise. The fight was Long,,,and Tough but, with Jonathan as my advocate, the IRS finally agreed to settle my $360,000 liability for $2,500. I couldn't have been more thrilled! The best thing about RJS Law is their customer service. I was very worried about the entire situation but Jonathan was always there to answer any questions I had. He laid out a clear plan for me to follow and helped me along the way. Jonthan is great with follow-through and always returned my calls. I Highly Recommend hiring RJS Law for any and all tax needs! They are the best of the best! I am SO Thankful for all their efforts in my behalf. Jonathan was very knowledgeable of the tax laws, and was more than just my Attorney - he was my friend. I knew he and RJS Law Firm cared about me, my case and my future.
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Posted by Danny | December 4, 2013
Quick to follow up, professional, would recommend to anyone
I have worked with a couple of tax attorneys with the same issue, all of them were chop shop style with no customization. Further, you could never get a hold of anyone. He gets back to me with in a couple of hours at the most, and most importantly solved my issues while making me feel like things are being handled properly, which they were.
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Posted by Nancy | November 11, 2013
Excellence service
Jonathan Amitrano is extremely efficient, trustworthy and kind. He is very knowledgeable and gets the job done. More important was his willingness to give me the time to decide what was best for me,. Simply put; he could not have done a better job!
Posted by Jay | December 14, 2012
Excellent Attorney Who Gets Results
If you are in need of professional tax law services, I highly recommend The Law Office of Ronson J. Shamoun. Realizing I needed professional tax law consultation and services, I had no idea who to turn to for help and advice. I began by asking three attorneys, not associated with Shamoun, for recommendations. Two of the three referred me to Shamoun without hesitation. I took their advice and called Shamoun's office. Beginning with the initial office contact through the end to case resolution, I was treated with the utmost of customer care and courtesy from the entire staff. The staff, from receptionist to partners, is knowledgeable, responsive, and dedicated. A special note of appreciation for attorney Jonathan Amitrano, as Jonathan was the team member managing my case. Jonathan understood my tax issue, proposed various alternatives for resolution, and executed. He was astute, thorough, accessible, and responsive. Additionally, Shamoun clearly defined the scope of work and associated fees necessary to bring my case to resolution. There were no unexpected or additional services required. My tax issue was resolved successfully and in a most timely manner.
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Posted by SriDevi SriKrishna | October 15, 2012
Jonathan Amitrano is one of the best lawyers I have met during my tax audit process. Jonathan became a real friend to me in communicating very effectively, always reachable and more importantly excelled in preparing and presenting the case to IRS auditor. This process resulted in a win-win for the whole audit process and the parties invovled. I would highly recommend Jonathan Amitrano and the Law Offfices of Ron Shamoun for any kind of tax audits. They are the best in the business.
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Posted by Mason Dabish | October 2, 2012
Highly Recommend!
I came to Ronnie and Jonathan because I owed the IRS over $30,000. These two guys were caring, compassionate, and really great guys. They went above and beyond what I expected. We ended up settling my debt for $2,000. I could not believe the result! I highly recommend retaining these guys, they are the best of the best.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2012
A Special Attorney
Jonathan Amitrano literally saved my financial life and became a trusted friend in the process. I was involved in a multi-year, multi-issue IRS audit. The worst case outcome would have been a huge problem for me. Jonathan and his team established excellent rapport with the agent, basically by showing their competence, reasonableness and knowledge, while simultaneously maintaining a strong advocacy position for me in their dealings with the IRS. An artful balance. His warmth and personal caring for my well-being, at such a difficult time, was like having family around. Jonathan exceeded all expectations regarding results, cost effectiveness and personal support. He really cares!
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Posted by Joseph | September 10, 2012
2010 Tax Audit.
I had a wonderful experience working with Jonathan Amitrano, Chandara Diep and Ronson Shamoun of RJS Law. Jonathan, Chandara and Ronnie were very personable. They worked on my terms, and my time schedule. I really liked the fact that Jonathan was very accessible to me. I never felt out of touch at any time during my audit process. The RJS team was honest, and easy to work with. If I am ever audited again my first call will be to Jonathan and the other attorneys of RJS Law.
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  • University of San Diego College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws in Taxation
  • 2011
  • Univ of Cincinnati College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • UCSD Extension
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Attorney
  • Coast Magazine
  • 2015
  • Emerging Generation: Top 25 in their 20's - Finalist
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2013
  • Top Young Attorney - Nominee
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • Carr Ferguson Fellow
  • University of San Diego College of Law
  • 2011
  • Corbin Prize
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • 2010
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  • California Tax Lawyer
  • Equitable Tolling and Title 26
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Sacramento Delegation
  • Coordination of the BOE and FTB Voluntary Disclosure Programs and the Conflicting Registration Requirements of the Two Programs
  • 2016
  • Palomar Chapter of Enrolled Agents
  • Audit Representation and Controversies
  • 2016
  • Orange County Chapter of CSTC
  • Tax Representation: From Audits to Collection
  • 2016
  • North San Diego Chapter of CSTC
  • How to Represent Your Clients Before the Taxing Agencies
  • 2016
  • Inland Empire Chapter of CSTC
  • Tax Audits and Challenging an Assessment Post Audit
  • 2016
  • The 2015 Annual Income Tax Seminar
  • Ethics: Ethical Issues in Tax Practice and Procedure
  • 2015
  • Orange County Chapter Of Enrolled Agents
  • Audit Red Flags - Know When To Charge And When To Retreat
  • 2015
  • Bridging The Gap Program
  • Federal Practice
  • 2015
  • Southern California Tax Professionals
  • Appeals, Collections, Offers & Offshore, IRS & FTB Issues
  • 2014
  • CLE - San Diego Law Library
  • Keep Out of Trouble and Run an Efficient Business
  • 2014
  • CSTC North County Speaking Engagement
  • Audit Red Flags
  • 2013
  • CSEA San Diego Speaking Engagement
  • Audit Red Flags and FTB Audit and Collection Issues
  • 2013
  • CPA Educational Seminar Panlist
  • IRS Collections, Employment Tax Issues & IRS Criminal Investigations
  • 2012
  • CLE Panelist
  • IRS Fresh Start Program
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
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Tax Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is extremely knowledgeable in his trade. As a family law attorney, I often need to consult with a tax attorney, and have a reliable referral source for my clients. Everyone I have sent to Jonathan has had excellent results. I highly recommend Jonathan for any and all tax law related matters."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is a top notch tax attorney. His attention to detail and ability to negotiate tax deals is where his clients find big value."
White collar crime Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend him. I have worked with him for many years and am always impressed with his skill set. He knows tax law intimately and puts the client's best interest at the core of his arguments. He is a superb negotiator and has a sterling reputation among the courts and clients."
Tax Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan is my go to person for brainstorming when I have questions regarding complex IRS collection issues or want to run ideas past someone on how to solve a particularly complex matter. He is a passionate advocate on behalf of his clients. I would highly recommend him for any tax matter."
Tax Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Jonathan closely on many tax matters for a couple of years. He is very professional and efficient. He fights for his clients and works to get workable results. I refer many clients to him as I trust him to get the matter accomplished correctly."
Tax Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Friend
"Jon is a rising star in the legal community. When I needed tax advice, I went straight to Jon and he provided me the answers I was looking for. I anticipate that Jon will eventually rise to the top of the his profession in the field of tax law."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Amitrano is an outstanding attorney. I would recommend his services to anyone."
Tax Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan and I worked together as associates at RJS Law in San Diego, CA. He is a very knowledgeable about tax law and is great at thinking outside the box in coming up with creative, novel solutions to the unique challenges of each and every one of the matters he worked on. I highly recommend Mr. Amitrano"
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