Managing Partner

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    Rob Wood is often listed among the top ten tax lawyers in America.  He handles a broad range of tax planning and tax controversies.  He also serves as an expert witness on tax matters in civil cases, class actions, disputes over independent contractor or employee classification, etc.  A widely published author known for explaining and demystifying complex tax concepts, Mr. Wood is best known for his expertise advising plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers, and settlement funds on settlements and judgments. He authored the leading book on this topic, Taxation of Damage Awards & Settlement Payments (5th Ed 2021), as well as the Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolio Tax Aspects of Settlements and Judgments (522).

    The author of numerous other tax books and hundreds of articles, he is listed among the elite tax lawyers in the United States by many best lawyers periodicals. Mr. Wood writes regular columns in Tax Notes, Forbes and other publications, and comments on tax matters in the media.

    Chair, Taxation Law Advisory Commission, California Board of Legal Specialization (member 1989-1992; Chair 1991-1992)

    Executive Committee, State Bar of California, General and Solo Practice Section (1994-1995)

    Vice Chair, Taxation Section, State Bar of California (2002-2003)

    Executive Committee, State Bar of California, Taxation Section (2000-2003)

    The M&A Tax Report (CCH) 1992-2019, Editor-in-Chief

    Real Estate Advisory Board (Bloomberg BNA) 2012-

    The Practical Accountant (Faulkner & Gray) 1993-2009

    Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law (2004)

    Contributor, Legal Checklists (West Group 2000)

    2000, 2001, and 2002 Delegations, Los Angeles County Bar Association and California Bar Association Tax Section to Washington, D.C.

    Contributor, California Torts (Matthew Bender 1999)

    Planning Committees, 1988, 1989 and 1990 Tax Planning Conferences For Closely Held Corporations (California CPA Society)

    Planning Committee, 1994 Tax Disputes Conference (California CPA Society)

    Planning Committees, 1990 and 1993 S Corporations Conference (California CPA Society)

    Chairman, 1991 S Corporations Conference (California CPA Society)

    Consultant, Wrongful Employment Termination Practice, 2d Ed. (CEB 1997)

    Contributor, Legal Checklists (Callaghan)

    Contributor, Modern Trust Forms

    Instructor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1981-1982)

    Mentor Program, General and Solo Practice Section, State Bar of California

    V. Judson Klein Award, California State Bar, Taxation Section, 2006

    The Best Lawyers in America

    Super Lawyer

    AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Elected to more than a dozen biographical publications, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in the West

    Ranked in the top half dozen tax lawyers in the country by United States Lawyer Rankings


    Admitted to practice law in California, New York, District of Columbia, Montana, Washington, Arizona, Texas, and Wyoming Bars

    Qualified Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales

    Certified Tax Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization


    Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel


    Law Society of England and Wales

    Canadian Bar Association

    Law Council of Australia

    U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, Ninth Circuit, Third Circuit, Seventh Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit, Northern District of California, Central District of California, District of Arizona, Western District of Washington

    University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979 (Florence James Adams Prize; University of Chicago scholarship)

    Humboldt State University, A.B., English, summa cum laude, 1976, President's Scholar

    University of Sheffield, England (1975-1976)
    Author of numerous books and articles on taxation in legal, accounting and business publications. See Media and Publications.