Star Q. Lopez

Daniel W. Layton

Elite Law Firm Credentials. Real Government Experience.

Orange County Tax Lawyers Whose Experience Speaks for Itself.

The Orange County-based lawyers at Layton & Lopez Tax Attorneys, LLP, know how the government works because they worked for the government. Mr. Layton and Mrs. Lopez take those insights and use them to the advantage of their clients, helping them navigate pitfalls and traps that their clients may otherwise encounter. Dealing with IRS, California Franchise Tax Board, EDD, or BOE Sales Tax audits, collections, or criminal investigations can be intimidating without experienced attorneys to level the playing field – attorneys who know how the other side works. Our comprehensive tax law practice not only provides competent and aggressive legal defense, but also advice to proactively avoid tax problems.

Ex-IRS Attorney. Ex-Federal Prosecutor.


Daniel Layton worked for the IRS as a tax trial attorney and for the Department of Justice before entering private practice. Daniel has exceptional knowledge of the tools available to the IRS in audits, collections, and criminal tax investigations, and of their legal limits, having trained the IRS’s agents and officers in how to do their jobs. In addition, Daniel’s experience from inside the IRS as an attorney tasked with enforcement and review of FBAR penalties for failure to disclose foreign accounts, tax fraud penalties, and other penalties gives him substantial insights in defending clients from wrongful and aggressive IRS tax investigations and collections.

International Law Focus. Elite Law Firm Credentials. Ex-Federal Prosecutor.


The firm’s clients benefit from Star Lopez’s years of elite law firm and government experience. After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 2007, Star began her career as a real estate associate in the Costa Mesa office of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, where she worked on a variety of business matters, including drafting agreements for a Fortune 500 company. She followed her corporate legal experience with nearly 6 years in patriotic public service, serving as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where she attained the rank of Captain and was awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal in 2013.

With over 20 years of combined legal experience, Layton & Lopez Tax Attorneys, LLP provides its clients with the highest standard of representation in their tax matters, including audit, collections, and criminal tax defense as well as tax, business, and estate planning.