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Wendy Abkin

Wendy Abkin

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Wendy Abkin advises clients on tax controversies and litigation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), and state and local taxing agencies. Wendy represents clients in civil and criminal tax matters, including voluntary disclosures, offshore matters, audits, appeals, litigation, and collection. She also assists clients with state and local tax matters, representing them before the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Department.

Wendy has focused on tax controversy and litigation throughout her career, both in private practice and US government service. She is a former IRS trial lawyer and has worked with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in San Francisco, where she litigated cases for the IRS before the US Tax Court. In private practice, Wendy’s clients have included individuals, privately held businesses, nonprofits and other tax-exempt entities, estates, and trusts, with a focus on trusts with exposure to California income tax issues. She also served as a law clerk for Judge Charles E. Clapp of the Tax Court in Washington, DC.

Wendy has been active on a number of tax-related committees and bar associations. A current member of the San Francisco Tax Club and the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, she has previously served as chair of the California State Bar Taxation Section, co-chair of the State Bar of California’s Council of State Bar Sections, and chair of the Tax Court Pro Se Pro Bono program of the California State Bar Taxation Section, which provides free advice and assistance to unrepresented taxpayers appearing in the Tax Court. 

Wendy speaks frequently on topics of tax controversy and tax procedure before legal and accounting professional associations, and she has served as an adjunct professor in both the School of Law and the Master’s in Taxation Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, Best Lawyers in America (2010–2011)
Recognized, Northern California Super Lawyers® (2006–2016)
Recognized, Northern California “Top 50 Women” Super Lawyers (2008, 2010–2012)
Recognized, Northern California "Top 100” Super Lawyers (2009)
Recipient, V. Judson Klein Award, Taxation Section, State Bar of California (2007)
Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
 
Wendy Abkin is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Ethics (Chicago and San Francisco)(PowerPoint slides) - Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2017, Friday, June 09, 2017
Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Ethics (PowerPoint slides) - Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2018, Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics - Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2018, Thursday, June 07, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics - Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics, Thursday, June 07, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics - Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics, Thursday, June 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics - Economic Substance, Judicial Doctrines and Legal Ethics, Thursday, June 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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