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Paul Ham began his legal career through the highly competitive United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, serving as a Trial Attorney for the Tax Division.  As a Department of Justice attorney, Mr. Ham was the lead counsel in over 100 tax cases in various states.  Mr. Ham worked closely with IRS employees, including Revenue Agents, Revenue Officers, and Office of Chief Attorneys.  Mr. Ham’s tax practice encompassed a wide spectrum of tax issues.  For his efforts, Mr. Ham was awarded the Department of Justice, Tax Division, Outstanding Attorney Award in 2006.


After leaving Government service, Mr. Ham accepted a position with Baker & McKenzie, one of the largest law firms in the world that is widely recognized as having the world’s premier tax law practice.  While there, Mr. Ham represented large, publicly traded companies and individuals facing tax disputes with the IRS.


Mr. Ham then founded the Ham Law Firm.


Languages spoken: Korean

Practice areas

  1. Tax Fraud: 35%
  2. Tax: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
  4. Bankruptcy: 20%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ham Law Firm

50 California Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA, 94111

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA, 94612



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Attorney AwardUnited States Department of Justice2006
Certificate of Completion (Civil Trial Advocacy Program)United States Department of Justice2004
Graduation with HonorsUC Berkeley1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderHam Law Firm2009 - Present
AssociateBaker & McKenzie, LLP2007 - 2009
Trial AttorneyDepartment of Justice, Tax Division2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
California State Bar, Taxation SectionMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Charles Tison v. United StatesUnanimous jury verdict in favor of client.
United States v. CareyPartial reversal and remand in favor of client.
Cranford v. United StatesDismissal in favor of client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal SupplementUnited States v. Lee, Goddard & Duffy, LLP2008
Bankruptcy Court DecisionsUnited States v. Carey (In re Wade Cook Fin. Corp)2007
American Federal Tax ReportsWaterhouse v. United States2007
CCHSygitowicz v. United States2007
American Federal Tax ReporterDean v. IRS2007
American Federal Tax ReporterUnited States v. Carey2007
American Federal Tax ReporterKrsulic v. Keene2007
American Federal Tax ReporterUnited States v. Reed2007
American Federal Tax ReportsLaber v. Dep’t of the Treasury2006
American Federal Tax ReporterHasty v. United States2006
American Federal Tax ReporterUnited States v. Padilla2006
District Court DecisionCranford v. United States2005
American Federal Tax ReportsUnited States v. Sanders2005
American Federal Tax ReporterUnited States v. Verni2005
American Federal Tax ReporterGreen v. Bank One2005
American Federal Tax ReporterDeVries v. IRS2005
Lexis Nexis PublishingUnited States v. Boyd2005
Lexis Nexis PublishingAmador Equity v. Virdell2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - BerkeleyBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tax Chat (Internal Presentation)Work Product Privilege Issues with Respect to Documents Shared with a Corporation's Independent Auditors2008