Tax Attorney Daniel W. Layton

Tax Attorney Daniel W. Layton has dedicated his career to providing the highest level of representation to his clients in tax audits, appeals, trials, and criminal tax investigations.  After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Layton earn an advanced degree in the laws of taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He earned a reputation for handling complex tax litigation from beginning of his career as an IRS trial attorney and, later, from his five years with the U.S. Department of Justice, handling civil and criminal tax cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to founding his own law firm, he has worked for a Vault 100 national law firm as counsel to the mergers & acquisitions group.

Mr. Layton is a native of Southern California, born in Long Beach.  He currently resides in Fullerton, California, where he and his wife raise two daughters. After leaving the public sector, he opened an Orange County tax law firm due to his desire to support local businesses and people after seeing a need for sophisticated, smart, ethical, and cost-efficient representation in the area.  More than just bringing his breadth of experience to the table, Mr. Layton's clients can expect to be kept informed in plain terms, direct and honest communication, regular updates and availability using modern technology, and attention to their personal needs.

When the chips are down, Mr. Layton's clients can also expect a confident, aggressive, and authoritative voice on their side.  Mr. Layton has substantial courtroom and trial experience in civil and criminal cases, ranging from more than a quarter of a billion dollars to innocent spouse cases.

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Daniel Layton is a California licensed attorney who can represent taxpayers before the IRS, state agencies such as the FTB, and county taxing authorities. He is also admitted to practice in the following courts and jurisdictions:

  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California (including all lower courts)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C.


University of Chicago Law School
Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, 2004

Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco, California
LL.M. in Taxation, 2006
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