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Robert Russell

Senior Counsel

Robert Russell - Senior Counsel at The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor


Robert Russell is Senior Counsel with Taylor Nelson Amitrano, LLP joining the firm in 2024 where he represents clients in federal and state tax examinations, appeals and litigation. He developed an expertise in government enforcement and tax policy while serving in prior government roles with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury and the U.S. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation. Prior to joining the firm, Robert worked at a large law firm in Orange County and a boutique tax litigation firm in Washington, D.C. where he focused on tax controversy and tax consulting matters. Robert has extensive experience in international tax matters for both U.S. businesses and individuals operating overseas and foreign investment into the U.S. 

Robert graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center with his Master of Laws in Taxation where he also obtained a Certificate in International Taxation. He received his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University. Robert also earned a certificate in Comparative Tax Administration and Tax Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Robert was previously an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center’s LL.M. program teaching a course on International Tax Controversies.  He currently teaches in the University of California – Irvine Graduate Tax Program. Robert provides pro bono services to the Public Law Center’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in Santa Ana, CA. For these efforts, he received a 2024 Outstanding Volunteer award by ONEOC.

Robert was previously a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) and served as the Chair of the International Tax Technical Resource Panel for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Additionally, Robert was previously appointed as Chair of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Section on Taxation. While in Washington, D.C. he assisted the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in a pro bono capacity by vetting potential presidential appointees for possible tax-related problems and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee on the international aspects of tax simplification and reform. He is admitted to practice law in California and Washington, D.C.