Our Team at Segal, Cohen & Landis

The tax attorneys at Segal, Cohen & Landis have settled thousands of tax cases with both the examination and collection divisions of the IRS. This has led to a loyal following of clients that very few law firms can match. Accordingly, we have received hundreds of five-star reviews over the years from our satisfied clients.


Samuel Landis, Senior Partner

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Samuel Landis has been a practicing tax attorney for over 30 years. In addition to his law degree, Samuel possesses a Master’s Degree in Taxation (LL.M.) from Boston University. Since 1997, Samuel has been the founder and managing partner of the tax law firm Segal, Cohen & Landis, P.C. (SCL). Under Samuel’s leadership, SCL has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent specialty tax law firms in the United States having successfully represented over 15,000 clients. Samuel has personally handled thousands of tax cases himself, many of which have been the largest and most complex cases in their respective industries including sports, entertainment and gaming. Because of the high profile nature of many of Samuel’s cases, they have been frequently reported in various prestigious national publications and news outlets. Additionally, Samuel is recognized and has been called upon as an expert witness in various court cases involving tax issues.

In addition to lifetime career as a practicing tax attorney, Samuel has also pursued an interest in Accademia. He has been an adjunct law school professor for over 15 years teaching Tax Practice & Procedure and Tax 1 to law students. He has written various articles that have been published in national trade magazines and has been highly active with respect to California Residency Audits. Samuel has recently published a comprehensive academic article regarding such audits with publishing house Thompson Reuters. Other articles written by Samuel and the attorneys of (SCL) can be found in the firm’s website (click here to read additional published articles).

The founding principle and mission of Segal, Cohen, & Landis P.C. is to provide the highest quality legal services, achieve the best possible results, at a fair and ethical cost. This still holds true today.


Gregory Segal, Of Counsel

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With a 15 year background in civil litigation, Gregory Segal has gained the reputation of not “giving in” or “settling” if he believes a better result is possible. Gregory Segal, along with his partner Samuel Landis, has been one of the pioneering and driving forces in IRS controversy resolution. Gregory Segal has handled a variety of complex, news grabbing cases featured in various legal and entertainment journals. In addition, he has served as a legal analyst for ABC talk radio on various legal issues as well as maintaining a reputation as a highly rated lecturer on tax resolution issues to CPAs and accountants.


Victoria Lee, Senior Managing Attorney

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Victoria Lee has worked in federal and state tax controversy for almost a decade. After obtaining a J.D. she went on to obtain a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from Loyola Law School and extern with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Her experience includes an array of complex tax issues such as asset and basis valuation, business purpose, and tax credits.

She assists individual and business clients in resolving tax authority inquiries involving income tax, sales tax, employment tax, gift and estate tax, generation skipping tax, and their reporting of foreign and virtual currency. She also advises high income and high net worth individuals on state residency and domicile issues.

Victoria has an intense fighting spirit and represents clients during all stages of administrative practice including audit, appeals, and litigation. She prides herself on achieving financially efficient outcomes well beyond traditional trial resolution. Her aggressive settlements have saved her clients from the enormous financial burden of litigation cost.

Many of Victoria’s matters are confidential. Notable representations include the following

• Settlement at IRS appeals achieving 100% victory defeating the IRS’ attempt to disallow partnership debt to equity conversion, which would have limited partner capital account and share of partnership loss

• Confidential Client v. Commissioner: successfully reduced asserted deficiency by $7,230,629

• Settlement at IRS appeals defeating the IRS’ imposition of failure to file generation skipping tax return penalty in the amount of $230,137

• Settlement at CDTFA appeals successfully reducing the sales tax measure by $2,004,612

• Settlement at FTB appeals in California residency matter successfully disputed California’s residency assertion adverting $1,124,715 in California income tax

• Settlement at IRS appeals reducing adjustments to income by $1,394,852 in virtual currency matter involving the IRS’ attempt to set aside accounting method and impose its own accounting method.

• Confidential Client v. Commissioner: Defeated an asserted deficiency resulting from malicious 1099 filing and IRS whipsaw potion

• Post audit assessment refund claim reducing assessments to income from a 6-year-old return and securing a $45k

• Settlement at IRS appeals defeating the IRS’ imposition of $239,274 civil fraud penalty in a case involving a deficiency in excess of $500,000

• Settlement at FTB appeals California income tax successfully challenged California’s disallowance of cost basis in Bel Air property saving 25% in capital gains tax

Victoria has immense resolution experience including the successful removal of liens to enable corporate acquisition and real estate sales. Her stellar background in post assessment debt settlements has resulted in saving clients millions.

Victoria was recently featured in "USA Today". Click here to view the article.


Tolu Edun, Tax Attorney

Tolu Edun is a Tax Attorney at Segal, Cohen and Landis. He practices all aspects of civil tax litigation including tax audit, collection due process appeals, offer in compromise and collection defense.


Before joining Segal, Cohen and Landis, Tolu was a Senior Revenue Officer with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at their Southern California Inland Empire office. As a Senior IRS Revenue Officer, Tolu provided legal advice and trained Southern California IRS personnel on matters such as civil tax procedures, corporate transactions, contractual rights and obligations, partnership agreements, lien priority, wage garnishment matters, contract liability, tort liability and criminal investigative issues.


Tolu frequently represents clients before the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and the Employment Development Department. Tolu has represented taxpayers in cases involving income tax, employment tax, corporate tax, as well as defense against state and federal tax penalties, including failure to file and failure to pay.


Tolu received his Juris Doctor degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he focused in business law and alternative dispute resolution.


Cristian Xochimitl, Tax Attorney

Cristian Xochimitl is a Tax Attorney at Segal, Cohen & Landis. He practices in all aspects of IRS and State business and income tax collections as well as proposed assessments. Prior to joining Segal, Cohen & Landis, Cristian worked for a tax consulting company where he resolved and consulted on hundreds of IRS collection matters. Cristian received his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio Northern University School of Law where he focused on tax controversy and employment law. Additionally, Cristian is the sole recipient of the Peggy Browning Fellowship Award for his efforts and contributions to assist disadvantaged families in Chicago, Illinois. Cristian is currently completing his post doctorate Masters of Law Degree (Taxation) at the University of San Francisco School of Law. As you will learn from his on-line reviews, Cristian provides exceptional personal service and successful results to the clients of Segal, Cohen & Landis.


Gavin Lee, Tax Attorney

Gavin Lee is a Managing Attorney at Segal, Cohen and Landis who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. With a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School and a successful track record in the legal field, Gavin is dedicated to helping clients navigate complex tax matters, and civil tax litigation. Gavin strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.


Gavin frequently represents individual and business clients before the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board, and has successfully resolved a variety of tax matters, including income taxes, payroll, and corporate taxes. Gavin has a keen aptitude for written advocacy, and a demonstrated ability to craft persuasive and compelling legal arguments.


Prior to joining Segal, Cohen and Landis, Gavin honed his legal skills as an associate with the Law Offices of Pius Joseph. Gavin’s work allowed him to gain valuable insights into the intricacies of litigation and courtroom advocacy. This diverse background allows him to develop a unique perspective that enriches his approach to tax law.


Victoria Lee:

Senior Managing Attorney

Tolu Edun:

Tax Attorney 

Gavin Lee:

Tax Attorney


Cristian Xochimitl:

Tax Attorney

Denise Foxworth:

State Tax Negotiation Specialist

Theresa Byron:

Paralegal for Senior Managing Attorney Victoria Lee

Keiko Kawana:

Paralegal for Tax Attorney Cristian Xochimitl

Jessica Kahen:

Paralegal for Tax Attorney Tolu Edun

Mia Scott:

Paralegal for Tax Attorney Gavin Lee

 

Tryston Acklin:

Paralegal for Denish Foxworth

 

Michael Miller:

Client Communications Director and Document Clerk

John Barbarotta:

Controller

Kristy Marshall:

Billing Manager

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Segal, Cohen & Landis will help you successfully resolve challenging federal and state tax problems including back taxes, audits, wage garnishments, and levies. We will negotiate your offer in compromise or installment agreement. Our IRS tax attorneys will take you through the resolution process to achieve your best possible outcome.