Our Firm Evan J. Davis

davis@taxlitigator.com Phone: (310) 281-3200
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Evan Davis joined the firm after more than 20 years in the public sector as a trial lawyer with extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience in both federal and state courts. He and his cases have been profiled by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and other national publications. Evan represents individuals and closely-held entities in criminal tax investigations and prosecutions, civil tax controversy and litigation, sensitive-issue or complex civil tax examinations and administrative tax appeals, and federal and state white collar criminal investigations. He is significantly involved in the representation of taxpayers throughout the world in matters involving the ongoing, extensive efforts of the U.S. government to identify undeclared interests in foreign financial accounts and assets and the coordination of effective and efficient voluntary disclosures (OVDP, Streamlined Procedures, and otherwise).

In 1998, Mr. Davis joined the Tax Division of the Department of Justice as a trial attorney doing civil litigation. During his time at the DOJ Tax Division, he litigated a variety of civil tax and bankruptcy cases through bench and jury trial, ranging from enjoining tax shelter promoters to TEFRA partnership litigation. He was recognized by the Assistant Attorney General as an Outstanding Lawyer in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

In 2005, he moved to the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, handling civil and criminal tax cases and becoming one of a handful of lawyers to have litigated civil and criminal tax cases for the government in both Washington, DC and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. From 2008 to 2016, Evan served in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division, and built a reputation as a highly regarded trial attorney who handled some of the most-complicated and difficult tax, financial, and health care fraud cases. He has first-chaired dozens of white-collar tax, bank secrecy, health care, and other fraud cases through investigation, jury trial, and appeal. In addition to his trial work, he served as the Bankruptcy Fraud Coordinator, Financial Institution Fraud Coordinator, and Securities Fraud Coordinator for the Criminal Division. Among other awards throughout his career, in 2015, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his role in obtaining a $16 billion settlement from Bank of America based, in part, on Countrywide’s sale of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities. He also has been recognized with awards from the IRS, FBI, United States Trustee Program, Council of Inspectors General, and even the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. He is a frequent lecturer on civil and criminal tax subjects, bankruptcy crime, and white collar crime matters, including having trained both IRS agents and Department of Justice attorneys.

Recent Presentations:
Mr. Davis frequently lectures on many topics throughout the country. His more-recent speaking engagements include:

  • CPA Academy, “New Developments in Cryptocurrency – Reporting and Enforcement”
  • CalCPA, “Cryptocurrency Tax Compliance and Recent IRS Enforcement Efforts, Including Hard Forks, Exchanges and Taxable Transactions”
  • National Business Institute, “Tax Penalties – What You Must Know”
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Tax Section: presentation on “Demystifying Criminal Tax Cases for Tax Practitioners and Criminal Defense Counsel”
  • Internal Revenue Service’s Los Angeles Field Office, Criminal Investigations: investigating and prosecuting employment taxation crimes
  • US Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center: lecturer/panelist regarding foreclosure-rescue fraud in an Advanced Mortgage Fraud course
  • Office of United States Trustee’s Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group: presentation regarding foreclosure-rescue schemes involving bankruptcy fraud
  • State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel: presentation on investigating attorneys alleged to have committed bankruptcy fraud
  • US Attorney’s Office Healthcare Fraud Working Group: presentation regarding the “Skid Row” health care fraud and patient-dumping investigation and prosecution
  • California Consumer Affairs Conference: presentation regarding mortgage and foreclosure fraud
  • California Society for Health Care Lawyers annual conference: presentation regarding health care fraud investigations and prosecutions
  • Neighborhood Housing Council’s Briefing to Legislative Staff: presentation regarding current trends in foreclosure-rescue schemes
  • State Bar of California working group: presentation regarding immigration fraud schemes
  • Mortgage Bankers Association’s Fraud Conference: presentation to fraud investigators on detecting and prosecuting mortgage and foreclosure fraud
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Health Law Committee: presentation on civil and criminal health care fraud investigations
  • Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: presentation on bankruptcy fraud and Ponzi schemes


  • Cornell Law School (J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude; Finalist, Fraser Prize)
  • Colgate University (A.B., Political Science with Economic Minor, cum laude)

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

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

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