Our Firm Lacey Strachan

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Lacey Strachan represents clients throughout the United States and elsewhere in complex matters involving federal and state, civil tax litigation and defending criminal tax prosecutions (jury and non-jury). Ms. Strachan represents individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trusts, and estates in litigation before the federal district courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Strachan has been extremely successful in a wide range of complex tax cases, including cases involving technical valuation issues, issues of first impression, and an array of substantive tax issues.

Ms. Strachan routinely represents and advises U.S. taxpayers in foreign and domestic voluntary disclosures, sensitive issue civil tax examinations where substantial civil penalty issues or possible assertions of fraudulent conduct may arise, and in defending criminal tax fraud investigations and prosecutions.

Ms. Strachan graduated from New York University School of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation and received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was awarded the Deloitte Award for excellence in Corporate Taxation. While at USC, Ms. Strachan was a senior content editor for the Southern California Law Review. Ms. Strachan graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Business Economics.  Ms. Strachan has been recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2012.


  • Ms. Strachan is a regular contributor at the blog “Tax Controversy (Civil & Criminal) Report” (www.taxlitigator.me) and has co-authored several tax-related articles. Her publications include:
  • “What You Need to Know About the Refund Statute of Limitations,” with Erin Collins and Edward M. Robbins, Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report, July 2014.
  • “The New IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap—Where Will It Lead?” with Steven Toscher, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, April-May 2014.
  • “Waiving a Jury in a Criminal Tax Case: Some Observations,” with Steven Toscher, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, December 2013-January 2014.
  • “Proving Wilfullness in Civil FBAR Cases,” with Steven Toscher, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2013.
  • “IRS Audits of Attorneys’ Tax Returns,” with Dennis Perez, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2012.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Taxation Section and Entertainment Section, Member


  • New York University (LL.M. in Taxation)
  • University of Southern California (J.D., Order of the Coif)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Business Economics, College Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admittance:

  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims