Fourth Annual USD School of Law - RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute

Fourth Annual USD School of Law - RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute

Date and Time

  • Friday, July 19, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




This year’s USD Law – RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute will be held on July 19, 2019, in San Diego, CA. The Institute is the premier tax controversy event in San Diego. The region's top tax attorneys, CPAs, and law/business school professors will discuss topics including passthrough planning, Wayfair, ethical pitfalls to avoid in practice, and employee classification issues in California.

Don Fort, Chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS, will kick off the conference with introductory remarks. Panelists include:

  • Caroline Ciraolo, Kostelanetz & Fink
  • Richard Carpenter, Richard Carpenter Tax Law Office
  • Martin Schainbaum, RJS LAW

We’re honored to also have United States Tax Court Chief Judge Maurice B. Foley as the keynote luncheon speaker.

At the conference, we will be presenting the Richard Carpenter Award to a distinguished individual who illustrates the notable achievements of Richard Carpenter honoring his 30 years of excellence in the tax field and his continued commitment to the tax community. The award is given to individuals who personify honesty, integrity, ethics, and compassion throughout his/her careers in the field of tax controversy and have demonstrated outstanding dedication and expertise while representing taxpayers before the federal and state governments.

We are excited to announce Richard Shaw as the recipient of the 2019 Richard Carpenter Excellence in Tax Award. Mr. Shaw is a California Certified Specialist in Taxation and an attorney at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. He’s a nationally recognized business and tax lawyer and former Chair of the ABA Section of Taxation. Mr. Shaw also testifies as an expert witness and lectures nationally on business and tax issues.

The Institute will also provide phenomenal networking opportunities to meet other top practitioners, tax attorneys, CPAs, EAs, tax preparers, and students are all welcome to attend.

Click here to view photos from last year’s USD School of Law - RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute.


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Registration Information

Registration categories are listed below.

Registration Category Early Bird (by June 3) After June 4th
General Registration  $345
Attorneys (1-5 years), USD Alumni $295 $345
CPAs, Enrolled Agents, or Tax Preparers $295 $345
Government Employees $100  $150
Students $30 $30
Professors FREE FREE
Reception Only $75 $75

Discounts are available for groups of 2 or more (must be from the same organization). Please contact


Program Schedule (updated 04-29-19)

Friday, July 19, 2019

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER: Don Fort, Chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks: Professors Ronson J. Shamoun & Miranda Perry Fleischer, USD School of Law

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Tax Planning: A Year After the Tax Cuts and Job Act

9:50 - 10:50 a.m.

Is Wayfair, Way Fair? A look at the State and Federal Implications.

  • Gregory Pullman, Senior Manager, KPMG
  • Jennifer Kolterman, Director, Hutchinson and Bloodgood, LLP
  • Nicolas Maduros, CDTFA
  • John Colvin, Owner, Colvin +Hallett
  • Frank Agostino (Moderator)
10:50 – 11 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. – Noon

Key Sources of Civil & Criminal International Tax Controversies

  • Paul Burns, CBIZ
  • John Forry (Moderator), CBIZ
Noon – 1:35 p.m.


  • Judge Maurice Foley, Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
    (keynote will begin at 12:30pm)
1:35 – 1:45 p.m. BREAK
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Ethical Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them When Representing Clients in IRS Collections and Audits (Potential Ideas: Innocent spouse; Trustfund Assessement; Eggshell audits; PEO companies)

  • Jonathan Amitrano, Lavar Taylor
  • Venar Ayar, Ayar Law
  • Dawn Harris, IRS Field Collection Manager
  • Caroline Ciraolo (moderator), Kostelanetz & Fink
2:45 – 2:55 p.m.  BREAK
2:55 – 3:55 p.m.

California: Employee Classification as Easy as ABC

  • Nuna Aguilera, EDD Audit manager Van Nuys Office
  • Bill Hartsock, The Tax Lawyer - William D Hartsock Tax Attorney Inc.
  • Michael Dallo, Dallo Law Group
  • Richard Carpenter (Moderator), Richard Carpenter Tax Law Office
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Criminal Tax Workshop

  • Judge Marvin Garbis, U.S. District Court of Maryland (Ret.)
  • Don Fort, Chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS
  • Commissioner Angela Davis, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Martin Schainbaum, RJS LAW
  • Steven Toscher (Moderator)
5:30 –9:00 p.m.

Celebrate & Connect! A Networking Reception with Hosted Bar and Hors d'Oevres


MCLE and Specialized Credits

Need Continuing Education Credits?

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.

RJS LAW is a registered Continuing Education provider with the IRS.


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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Peace & Justice Theatre
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110

From the North From the South From the East
> Use I-5 South
> Exit Sea World Dr. &
Tecolote Rd.
> Proceed left at stoplight
toward Morena Blvd.
> Turn right on Morena Blvd.
> Left on Napa
> Left on Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way for
West Entrance to campus
> Use I-5 North
> Exit Morena Blvd.
(signs will say: Morena
Blvd. use I-8 East)
> Stay to the right and follow
signs for Morena Blvd.
> Take the first right onto
Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way for
West Entrance to campus
> Use I-8 West
> Exit at Morena Blvd.
> Go right onto
Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way for
West Entrance to campus


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