Jeffrey D. Davine

Jeffrey Davine
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Legal Expertise

Jeff specializes in taxation, with an emphasis on tax controversy with the IRS, California Franchise Tax Board, California Employment Development Department, and other state and local taxing authorities. Representation of non-profit entities and charitable gift planning.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented numerous clients in disputes with the IRS and California Employment Development Department concerning the classification of workers as employees versus independent contractors.

  • Successfully represented a well-known motion picture director in a dispute with the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board.

  • Assisted in the IRS examination of a well-known international company in the entertainment and toy manufacturing business.

  • As an attorney for the IRS, served as lead counsel on numerous examinations and Tax Court cases against well-known business people, entertainers, and athletes.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© in Trusts and Estates (2019)

  • "Top 5% of lawyers in Southern California," Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2009-2018)

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional, Business and Civic Affiliations

  • Editor, MSK Charitable Sector Letter 

  • Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Entertainment Tax Committee

  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a Federal Advisory Committee to the Internal Revenue Service 

  • Former Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Association Young Tax Lawyers (1993-1994)

Other Career Experience

  • Former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the IRS (1991-1995)

  • Specialist in two IRS Market Segment Specialization Programs: entertainers/athletes and gasoline retailers

  • Latest Legal and Business Bylines From Jeffrey D. Davine


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