Michele Leichtman Weiss, Principal at Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, was elected as a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC).   Michele was elected by the ACTC Board of Regents at the ABA Tax Section’s 2023 Midyear Meeting.

The ACTC provides recognition to leading members of the Bar who have made significant contributions to the understanding and improvement of our tax system.  Membership is reserved for those leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to their chosen profession. Fellows must be nominated for the honor of membership and must then undergo a rigorous screening process prior to being elected as Fellows of the College.  The College provides a venue for these outstanding lawyers to work together to promote sound tax policy and to engage in thoughtful discussion with the government about matters affecting the tax system.  As part of its mission to improve the tax system, the College provides recommendations to Congress and the Internal Revenue Service for improving the nation’s tax laws and the way that they are interpreted and administered, and it provides input into the judicial system by filing “friend of the court” briefs in selected tax cases.

Michele is a tax controversy attorney at Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin.  She is a former IRS Counsel attorney and has over 20 years of experience in tax controversy and litigation matters.  She helps her clients resolve their tax disputes with federal, state, and local taxing authorities including the IRS, FTB, EDD, CDTFA, Board of Equalization, and County Assessor and has extensive Tax Court experience.  Michele assists clients with sensitive voluntary disclosure matters and often provides tax counsel for civil litigation and family law matters.  Michele is Chair, Beverly Hills Bar Association Tax Section; Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Board of Governors; Tax Policy Chair, California Lawyers Association, Women in Tax Committee; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Group Leader, Provisors, Los Angeles Lawyers and Legal Professionals Affinity Group; and Board Chair, Friendship Circle of Los Angeles.

Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC, is a tax controversy and tax litigation law firm consisting of former IRS trial attorneys.  We represent taxpayers in all aspects of tax disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities, including examinations, collection matters, criminal prosecutions, and civil tax litigation.  To schedule a consultation, please contact us at (310) 550-6200.