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Lisa O. Nelson joined the Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor in 2013. Mrs. Nelson was recently added as the Firm's first partner in 2015.  Mrs. Nelson began her legal career in private practice working for a boutique San Diego tax controversy law firm. She was instrumental in transitioning a solo practice firm to a full service law firm with seven attorneys. Since 2009, Mrs. Nelson has successfully represented individuals, corporations, officers, directors, shareholders, and partners before the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, and the State Board of Equalization.


Mrs. Nelson has advocated on behalf of her clients in civil tax litigation matters before the United States Tax Court and in United States District Court. Additionally, Mrs. Nelson served as the lead associate attorney on several criminal tax matters, including the defense of tax preparers and corporate officers. She has negotiated favorable settlements with the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, and Employment Development Department resulting in savings of over $1.4M in tax liabilities for her clients.

Mrs. Nelson's practice also focuses on handling tax audits, collection matters, international offshore voluntary disclosure programs, and administrative hearings with the IRS Office of Appeals.


Outside of her practice, Ms. Nelson also serves as Treasurer and executive board member for The Jarrett Meeker Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds and support for conservational and educational programs to benefit local disadvantaged children.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Tax: 90%
    8 years
  2. Tax Fraud: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Ronson Joseph Shamoun

    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.


    Ronson Shamoun Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Samuel D Brotman

    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.


    Samuel Brotman Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

3 Hutton Centre Drive
Suite 500
Santa Ana, CA, 92707


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Rising StarsSuperLawyers2016
2015 Top Attorneys ListOrange County Coast Magazine2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor LLP2015 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of A. Lavar Taylor2013 - Present
Senior Associate AttorneyRJS Law2009 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
California State Bar Income Tax & OtherEducational Chair2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember2013 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Jarrett Meeker FoundationTreasurer2009 - Present
San Diego Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Tax Law SectionTreasurer/Secretary2015 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Audit ReconsiderationEntire deduction allowed and tax bill reduced to zero
Offers in CompromiseIn 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 CaseProvided substantiation of expenses and legal right to take deductions. Reduced bill from $1.8M to $109K.
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of California: Sacramento DelegationDiscretionary Disallowance of Compensation Paid Workers: The Need for Guidance under R&T Code Sections 17299.8 and 244472014
California Network NewsletterTime’s a Ticking: IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VSCP)2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws2008
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Chapman University School of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Payroll Taxes... Can you Recover from the Trust FundPayroll Taxes2015
Annual Income Tax SeminarIncome Tax Annual Update2015
Sacramento DelegationDiscretionary Disallowance of Compensation Paid Workers: The Need for Guidance under R&T Code Sections 17299.8 and 244472014
Orange County Bar Association Real Estate SectionThe Impact of Divorce, Death & Taxes on Real Estate Holdings & Transactions2014
DC DelegationProposal to Expand the Scope and Definition for "Person" to Allow for Third Parties in Alter Ego and Nominee Cases2014
Continuing Education Presentation for Considine & ConsidineTax Topics: Payroll Tax, Criminal Tax, Collection2012
CLE Panelist 2012IRS Fresh Start Program2012