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Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP

United States 2024


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Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP, formerly The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, specializes in civil tax controversy and criminal tax defense work involving both federal and state tax agencies.

The firm’s practice includes representation of business and individual taxpayers during civil audits, criminal investigations, administrative appeals, all phases of collection, and judicial proceedings in all trial and appellate courts. The firm also provides advice regarding tax issues related to bankruptcy and receivership proceedings and counsels clients on the use of the bankruptcy laws to facilitate the handling of existing and potential tax problems. We are pleased to offer professionals who can converse in English, Spanish, Chinese and Marshallese.

Inside Experience
Our professionals have extensive experience in handling tax disputes with all federal and state taxing agencies, and litigating cases in all federal and state courts.

Combined, our professionals have over 164 years of experience handling tax disputes including over 30 years of government experience. Their prior government experience (including the Internal Revenue Service and US Department of Justice) enables them to see the “big picture” and resolve disputes in the most pragmatic and cost effective ways. They offer a unique blend of experience necessary for resolving tax controversies, in and out of court.

Recognition by Our Peers
Founded in 1993, our firm has been recognized as one of the top tax law firms in Southern California. Our attorneys have received numerous awards, including: Super Lawyers; “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Tax Law since 2006; The Honorable Peter M. Elliott Memorial Award, for Outstanding Scholarship, Ethics and Service to the Orange County Bankruptcy Community” presented jointly by the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Orange County Bar Association; and the V. Judson Klein Award from the Tax Section of the California State, given annually to a tax attorney in California who exemplifies the qualities of a high level of legal professionalism and zest for life.

Leadership & Service
We are committed to provide leadership through service within the legal community, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the California State Bar. Our attorneys are frequent speakers at the programs sponsored by the Tax Section of the California State Bar and programs for Certified Public Accountants and Enrolled Agents.

We also are committed to giving back to the community, including support of various non-profits and leadership with the Center for Fair & Equal Administration of Taxes. Our efforts have been recognized by the State Bar of California in receiving the “Wiley W. Manual Pro Bono Services Award” for contribution of pro bono services to San Diego residents.

Practice Areas:
Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP handles all types of tax disputes, both civil and criminal, at the administrative level and in all trial and appellate courts.

The broad experience of the firm’s professionals enable us to advise clients on how best to handle tax disputes; including when it’s appropriate to litigate and when it’s appropriate to settle.
“Winning” a tax dispute does not always mean going to court. Many of the firm’s most important “wins” happened without the case going to court.


Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP is metro ranked in 1 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Orange County
Tier 1 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax


Regional Rankings

Orange County
Tier 1 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP has 1 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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