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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Southern California Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2016|
|2015 Top Attorneys List||Orange County Coast Magazine||2015|
|Partner||The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor LLP||2015 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor||2013 - Present|
|Senior Associate Attorney||RJS Law||2009 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California State Bar Income Tax & Other||Educational Chair||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Taxation Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Jarrett Meeker Foundation||Treasurer||2009 - Present|
|San Diego Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Tax Law Section||Treasurer/Secretary||2015 - 2015|
|Audit Reconsideration||Entire deduction allowed and tax bill reduced to zero|
|Offers in Compromise||In 2012, the total offers that have been accepted add to a combined total of $16,000 for total liabilities of $253,956.63|
|Tax Court Audit Case||Provided substantiation of expenses and legal right to take deductions. Reduced bill from $1.8M to $109K.|
|See all legal cases|
|State Bar of California: Sacramento Delegation||Discretionary Disallowance of Compensation Paid Workers: The Need for Guidance under R&T Code Sections 17299.8 and 24447||2014|
|California Network Newsletter||Time’s a Ticking: IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VSCP)||2013|
|University of San Diego School of Law||N/A||LLM in Taxation||2008|
|University of San Diego||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Chapman University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Payroll Taxes... Can you Recover from the Trust Fund||Payroll Taxes||2015|
|Annual Income Tax Seminar||Income Tax Annual Update||2015|
|Sacramento Delegation||Discretionary Disallowance of Compensation Paid Workers: The Need for Guidance under R&T Code Sections 17299.8 and 24447||2014|
|Orange County Bar Association Real Estate Section||The Impact of Divorce, Death & Taxes on Real Estate Holdings & Transactions||2014|
|DC Delegation||Proposal to Expand the Scope and Definition for "Person" to Allow for Third Parties in Alter Ego and Nominee Cases||2014|
|Continuing Education Presentation for Considine & Considine||Tax Topics: Payroll Tax, Criminal Tax, Collection||2012|
|CLE Panelist 2012||IRS Fresh Start Program||2012|
Posted by Wayne
Lisa is simply the best. I found her on Avvo to help me navigate through a complex IRS situation. My first contact with her was amazing, she is so very nice and professional. The communication and support was exceptional, I could not have asked for anything better. She provided me with absolutely sound advise that later turned out exactly how she anticipated saving me thousands of dollars. I'm so grateful for her representation. She is hard worker and great communicator providing me updates late in the day and weekends. She is extremely intelligent and very knowledgable. There is nobody else I would ever use then Lisa for future tax law advise.
Posted by Michael
I hired Lisa and her firm to address a complex tax situation with the IRS in which the IRS was claiming I owed them >$250K. Lisa and her team quickly cut through the red-tape that is ever present whenever one interacts with the IRS. Lisa was successful in petitioning the IRS to review their agent's action and the IRS quickly (OK, quickly for a government agency!) came back and agreed with Lisa's well written appeals letter that the IRS agent was indeed incorrect in their ruling that I owed an additional >$250K in taxes.
Of course there was lots of back and forth between Lisa and myself and subsequently between Lisa and the IRS on this matter but Lisa was able to very quickly identify the key items that the IRS needed to see from my past records in order to adequately support my case. Lisa's ability to do this saved me an immense amount of time in terms of assembling the supporting documents Lisa required to support all the claims she made in her appeals letter to the IRS.
The bottom line is I was very satisfied with Lisa and her firm not only because of the outcome of my case but more importantly because of the outstanding job Lisa and her firm did in communicating with me throughout the entire process, the efficient way in which they used my time, the efficient and effective way in which they conducted their work which resulted in a cost effective legal bill, and Lisa's ability to take the emotion out of the situation and simply boil complex matters down to a series of facts that all parties could easily understand.
I have had the opportunity throughout my business career as a senior executive to retain a wide variety of different professionals/professional firms (lawyers, CPAs, Investment Bankers, etc) and I would rank Lisa and her firm in my top 5 all-time (out of the >50 firms I've engaged during my personal and professional career).
Posted by anonymous
Lisa nelson was amazing!! She helped us and just gave us the assurance that everything will be ok.. She kept in contact with us and told us she will keep us updated on everything that is going on with the IRS and she did! We were never disappointed! we are so happy with her work and I will recommend her to everyone!!! Thanks again!!!
Ronson Shamoun, Tax Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Lisa was my first full-time associate who helped with transitioning my law firm from a solo practice to a full service law firm. She worked with me for over four years and I experienced her honesty and integrity firsthand. She handled hundreds of cases while simultaneously managing the day-to-day operations of our firm, and was instrumental to the growth and success of my law firm. She is professional, knowledgeable, and a skilled negotiator. I highly recommend her services.
Samuel Brotman, Tax Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Lisa is one of the best tax attorneys that I have ever worked with. She has a passion and natural exuberance that is unmatched by anyone in our profession. Lisa is extremely diligent when it comes to tax matters and always goes the extra mile for her clients. I would strongly recommend Lisa for any tax matter. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.
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