Leslie van der Wal

Email Leslie van der Wal
Tel: (310) 550-6200
Fax: (310) 774-3904
Beverly Hills, California

  • Former Attorney with Associate Chief Counsel (International)
  • Former IRS Senior Trial Attorney
  • Extensive Tax Court Trial Experience
  • Former Coopers and Lybrand Professional
  • California Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Leslie has over 20 years of experience in tax controversy matters. Prior to joining Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, Leslie was employed as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service for 15 years.  At the IRS, Leslie worked at both the National Office in Washington, D.C. and at IRS Counsel in Miami, Florida and Thousand Oaks, California.

As an attorney in the IRS’s Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), Leslie drafted public and internal guidance on a wide range of international issues, including corporate reorganizations, nonresident withholding, transfer pricing, Subpart F, and treaty interpretation. Additionally, she assisted field attorneys, Examination Division, and Appeals personnel with the development and resolution of cases with international issues.  After working in the IRS National Office, Leslie transferred to IRS Counsel where she prepared cases for trial before the U.S. Tax Court, negotiated settlements in such cases, reviewed offers in Compromises, and provided technical guidance and support to Appeals and Examination Divisions.

Prior to working for the IRS, Leslie was employed as a Certified Public Accountant by Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco, California.  There, she audited year-end financial statements of S.E.C. clients and small business, prepared and reviewed individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns, and specialized in expatriate returns for large international corporate clients.

Leslie received her B.A. in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and her J.D. from Santa Clara University in San Jose, California.

Leslie is fluent in Spanish.