• Certified Tax Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Former IRS Senior Trial Attorney
  • Former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Adjunct Tax Law Professor, Golden Gate University
  • Extensive Trial Experience
  • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Tax Law by Super Lawyers, 2012-2022
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and Lexis-Nexis Peer Review

Igor S. Drabkin is a principal of Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, A Professional Law Corporation. Igor is a Certified Tax Law Specialist by the State Bar of California. He devotes his skills and experience to representation of clients who are in disputes, or have compliance issues, with the Internal Revenue Service and State taxing authorities, both administratively and in court. He litigates cases in all federal and state courts, including U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In addition, Igor represents clients in tax audits, fraud and criminal investigations, administrative appeals, tax collection and bankruptcy matters. Igor also has extensive experience representing clients with offshore tax compliance issues, including Offshore Voluntary Disclosure, FBAR audits and Grand Jury investigations related to foreign bank accounts.

As a Senior Trial Attorney for the IRS, Igor litigated many complex tax cases, including those which involved unreported income and fraud issues. In addition, he served as an area coordinator and advisor to IRS Fraud Referral Groups, being responsible for selection and development of tax fraud cases, and establishing sufficient proof for penalties and potential criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Igor represented the government in bankruptcy cases involving complicated tax issues. Igor’s experience is invaluable in dealing with all tax collection issues, including bankruptcy as well as offers in compromise, installment agreements, and negotiation of release of liens and levies. Igor is an Adjunct Professor for the Golden Gate University’s Graduate School of Taxation, teaching courses in Advanced Federal Income Taxation and Tax Research & Procedure. Igor is a frequent speaker on various tax controversy topics, including FBAR and foreign asset compliance, FATCA, Innocent Spouse rules, Tax Collection, Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, etc.  Igor’s article “International Reporting Penalties – What to Expect and How to Fight Themwas published in the January 2015 edition of the CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure.

Igor received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Igor served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Igor received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the California State University, Northridge. Igor is fluent in Russian.

Reported opinions include David Dung Le, M.D., Inc. v. Commissioner, 114 T.C. 268 (2000), aff’d without published opinion 22 Fed.Appx. 837 (9th Cir. 2001); Bobbs v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2005-272; Le v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2003-219; Boyd v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2002-46; Pace v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2000-300.