Marty Dakessian

Marty Dakessian


Marty practices exclusively in the area of California state and local tax controversy. He handles high-stakes matters at the administrative and judicial levels with respect to corporate and personal income tax, sales and use tax, property tax, payroll tax, business license tax, and other taxes and fees administered by state and local governments. Marty is passionate about protecting taxpayers against government overreach. This quality, combined with Marty's deep and abiding sense of commitment to his clients, drives him to relentlessly defend their interests with loyalty, integrity and distinction. And the results he has achieved for his clients speak for themselves (detailed below). Marty's efforts were recognized by Law 360, which named him Tax MVP for 2013 and again in 2014, and have attracted the attention of the California Legislature, with legislative staff referring to him as "noted tax attorney."

Marty gives his clients the edge against the government by using his agency knowledge, technical know-how and hands-on experience with California’s complex and unique tax system to solve his clients’ tax problems efficiently, and to hold taxing authorities accountable in the process. This experience enables Marty to resolve his clients’ issues in a cost-effective manner at the lowest possible level. The amounts at issue in Marty's pending cases are collectively in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Marty has more than 15 years of state tax experience, beginning his career as law clerk to former California State Board of Equalization (SBE) member Dean F. Andal, and then as legal counsel to past SBE member Claude W. Parrish. Marty later worked in the State Tax Controversy Group in a Big 4 accounting firm, where he represented several Fortune 500 companies at the audit, protest and appeals levels relating to California franchise and income tax, sales tax, and property tax.

Employment History

  • 2010 - Reed Smith
  • 2008 - Akerman Senterfitt

Honors & Awards

  • Reed Smith's Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)
  • Listed, 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Named, 2014 Tax MVP, Law360
  • Listed, 2014 Legal Top Guns MVP Awards, Law360
  • Named, 2013 Tax MVP, Law360
  • Listed, 2013 Legal Top Guns MVP Awards, Law360
  • Listed, 2010 Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine

Professional Affiliations

  • California Alliance of Taxpayer Advocates, Vice President (2015)
  • Chairman of the State and Local Tax Committee of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar (2004)
  • Served on former Board Member Parrish's Tax Advisory Committee from (2002-2007)
  • Certified by the State Board of Equalization as a Property Tax Appraiser
  • Instructor for Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) on sales and franchise tax issues

Notable Quotes

  • Marty was quoted in an article on the Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) homepage discussing the California Competes tax incentive program.
  • Marty's victory and award on behalf of Daniel V, Inc. was featured in the Daily Journal on 14 June 2013.
  • Marty was featured in a front page article of the Daily Journal on 15 April 2013, discussing California Tax Board's repeal of a long standing tax incentive for small businesses and small business investors.