Managing Partner

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    Often listed among the best tax lawyers in America, Rob Wood has broad experience in corporate, partnership and individual tax matters. Concerning the tax treatment of litigation settlements and judgments, he is perhaps the preeminent tax lawyer in the United States. He is also an authority on merger and acquisition tax matters, tax opinions, offshore account and entity disclosures, and many types of tax controversies.

    Wood's tax planning and tax controversy work is broad-based, including tax opinions, audits, appeals, rulings, protests, appellate conferences, closing agreements, Tax Court, District Court and appellate court litigation. In addition, Wood is a frequent expert witness on tax matters in civil cases, in disputes over independent contractor versus employee classification, class actions, and tax and accounting malpractice cases.

    He has consistently been rated among the top ten tax lawyers in the United States by United States Lawyer Rankings, was awarded the State Bar of California's Judson Klein Award, is featured in numerous who's who and best lawyers publications. The author of more than 30 tax books, Wood writes tax columns for, and writes regular articles for Tax Notes and other publications. He has often appeared in the media discussing tax issues.

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

    Co-chair, Corporate Tax Committee, California State Bar Tax Section (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)

    Advisory Council, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

    National Trust for Historic Preservation

    International Fiscal Association, London

    International Bar Association, London

    ABA Tax Section: Committees on S Corporations and Environmental Taxes

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

    Real Estate Advisory Board (Bloomberg BNA) 2012-

    The Practical Accountant (Faulkner & Gray) 1993-2009

    Corporate Business Taxation Monthly (CCH) 2003-

    Journal of Corporate Taxation (WG&L) 1985-1989

    Taxation for Lawyers (WG&L) 1985-1989

    Real Estate Taxation (WG&L) 1986-

    Journal of Bank Taxation (Faulkner & Gray) 1987-1992

    BusinessWeek Newsletter for Family-Owned Business (McGraw Hill) 1988-1990

    Corporate Taxation (Faulkner & Gray) 1988-1992

    S Corporations: The Journal of Tax, Legal and Business Strategies (Executive Enterprises) 1988-1991

    Real Estate Tax Digest (Matthew Bender) 1989-2005

    Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions (Faulkner & Gray) 1990-1992, Editor-in-Chief

    The Journal of New York Taxation (Faulkner & Gray) 1991-1992

    Bankruptcy Law Review (Faulkner & Gray) 1992

    Consolidated Returns Tax Report (Faulkner & Gray) 1992, Editor-in-Chief

    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, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 editions by Woodward/White, Inc.

    Named a Super Lawyer 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 editions by Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine

    Named by Forbes Magazine to America's Best Lawyers

    "Best of Class" for tax lawyers by Best of the U.S., a rating service, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

    Featured in BNA's 2006 Authorities Calendar

    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

    Distinguished Leadership Award, American Biographical Institute

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

    Elected Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

    Qualified Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales

    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

    Certified Tax Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization
    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.