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Mayer Nazarian

Los Angeles
(310) 400-0110


Member of the Bar of the State of California
Admitted to practice in U.S. Tax Court
Admitted to practice in the Central District of California


Tax Planning
Tax Research
Tax Consultation
Tax Controversy
Business Planning
Business Transactions
Business Acquisition, Sale or Dissolution
Wealth Planning


Beverly Hills Bar Association (Taxation Section) – Chair
State Bar of California – Member
American Bar Association (Taxation Section) – Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Taxation Section) – Member
Beverly Hills Bar Association (Business Law, Taxation, and Trust & Estates Sections) –
Treasurer, Children’s Music Fund
Pro Bono services: Bet Tzedek Legal Services


University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA – Juris Doctor, 2002
University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, CA – Master of Business Taxation, 2002
University of California at Los Angeles – Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in Accounting, 1998


English, Spanish, Farsi, Italian & Hebrew

Mayer Nazarian is a transactional tax attorney uniquely trained with top regional and national tax firms. His clients benefit from his breadth and depth of accounting, legal expertise, and exposure to a wide range of businesses and structures.

Mr. Nazarian uses this expertise to assist business owners in developing optimal tax strategies at all stages of an entity's lifecycle, at formation, throughout operations, until sale or dissolution.

While tax is a significant part Mr. Nazarian's expertise, he takes a holistic approach and recognizes that factors like income tax, estate tax, business transactional law, real estate law, family law, etc. may need to be addressed as well. Often, he will bring in experts to work with his clients, adding value to the services he provides through his wide network of professional resources.

What motivates Mr. Nazarian is the satisfaction of knowing that he has helped his clients by developing and implementing unique and practical solutions to their problems. By nature he is a fixer, a problem solver, and he relishes diving into the complex issues, the uncommon situations that don’t have quick and easy answers, but require thoughtful analysis and technical expertise.

Mr. Nazarian prefers to work with his clients before the tax authorities are involved, but he has successfully defended his clients against several taxing agencies, at the federal, state, county and city levels.

Mr. Nazarian is now the Chair of the CKR Law Tax Department.

Professional Experience

Mr. Nazarian began his career as a tax professional with the accounting firm of Holthouse, Carlin and Van Trigt, LLP and went on to become a tax manager with Deloitte Tax, LLP.  He then started his own law practice which later merged with a boutique tax and estate planning firm in Los Angeles.

Publications and Presentations

“Innovative Tax Planning with Passive Losses”, Mayer Nazarian and Philip Holthouse, AICPA National Real Estate Conference

“The Domestic Production Activity Deduction: Are you leaving money on the table?” – Lecture presented before professionals on valuable tax deductions for companies operating in the U.S.

“Shakedown at Gucci Gulch: A Tale of Death, Money & Taxes” – Researcher for publication by Edward J. McCaffery & Linda R. Cohen related to taxation and politics.

“Fair Not Flat: How to Make the Tax System Better and Simpler” – Researcher for book by Edward J. McCaffery related to alternative tax structure.