Rob has an LL.M. in Taxation and is certified as a specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He practices law at Broedlow & Lewis, LLP as of counsel to the firm where he focuses on the transactions of small- and medium-sized corporations, partnerships, and LLCs, including their capitalization, operation, division, and dissolution. Rob also regularly represents individual and business taxpayers before the taxing authorities on audits, appeals, and Tax Court litigation.
Rob represented a national auto parking firm in its sale to an international public company; served as general counsel and CFO to a $35-million venture capital firm in negotiating its investments and structuring its equity compensation plans; and is presently counsel to one of the nation’s larger home improvement companies.
Rob’s representation of taxpayers during audits and litigation has included defending some of the employees of a national electronics firm in a criminal tax investigation of the company’s bonus plan; negotiating the complete abatement of more than a decade’s worth of taxes, penalties, and interest erroneously assessed by the IRS against an art dealer; and recently obtained a 5-figure refund for a taxpayer on the tax impact of his withdrawal from an architecture firm.
Rob has degrees in political science, Russian civilization, and Global Peace and Conflict Studies (“GPACS”) from the University of California, Irvine, where he was also president of the GPACS Student Organization. In 1993, Rob earned his J.D. degree from The American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC, where he was a staff editor of the Journal of International Law & Policy. Rob later obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in taxation, with honors, from the Golden Gate University School of Law.
Besides being a member of the State Bar of California, Rob is certified as a specialist in Taxation Law by its Board of Legal Specialization. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Tax Court. He also maintains memberships in the ABA and the L.A. and O.C. bar associations.
Rob was an adjunct professor of law at Golden Gate University School of Law for five years, teaching courses in business taxation, accounting, research, and procedure. During his final year at GGU (2002-03), Rob was an associate dean and director of its LL.M. program in Los Angeles.
Thereafter Rob joined the adjunct faculty at Chapman University Law School (now the Fowler School of Law), where he taught business tax courses to both J.D. and LL.M. students. For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, Rob was a full-time visiting associate professor of law at Chapman.
In between, Rob taught Partnership Taxation I & II at Loyola Law School in 2010 and returned to teach Corporate Taxation II in the Spring of 2015.
Rob has spoken at meetings of the American Bar Association on developments in Subchapter S, the 2013 “Camp Proposal,” the history of U.S. tax law, and on his experiences becoming a tax lawyer. In 2013, he was the dinner speaker at Chapman’s symposium on business taxation as well as a member of its panel on pass-through entity reform. Most recently, Rob served on a panel of business law experts in a presentation put on by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Although Rob has never published any professional scholarship, he has sold two short stories in the science fiction genre. This entitles him to “professional” membership in San Diego Comic-Con International, which he has attended for each of the last ten years or so. Rob has also fully leveled a paladin on World of Warcraft and a jedi on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Besides geekdom, Rob also loves his two daughters, his dog Mister, his scotch whiskey, and red, red wine.
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