Marty Dakessian

Partner

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1996, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1992, B.A., Political Science

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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 representing taxpayers against government overreaching. This core value, combined with his 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 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

  • Named, 2013 Tax MVP, Law 360
  • Listed, 2013 Legal Top Guns MVP Awards, Law 360
  • Listed, 2010 Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine

Professional Affiliations

  • 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 to 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.