Igor S. Drabkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC
 | 315 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 515
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310-550-6200
Fax: 310-774-3904
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Consumer (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • International (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian
    Attorney Profile

    As a principal with Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC, in Beverly Hills, California, attorney Igor S. Drabkin has earned a reputation as one of the top tax law attorneys in the region. Certified as a tax law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and a former IRS senior trial attorney, Mr. Drabkin represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metro region and across the state who face serious and complex legal challenges involving their taxes.

    An attorney since 1998, Mr. Drabkin has achieved unprecedented success litigating cases before state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court, and he has helped his clients obtain the positive results they seek for their issues involving tax audits, tax collections, liens, bankruptcy and other dire financial situations. He also advocates on behalf of those under investigation or charged with tax-related crimes, including fraud, evasion and other serious issues.

    In addition, Mr. Drabkin has extensive experience dealing with matters involving offshore tax compliance and foreign bank accounts, and during his time serving as a senior tax attorney for the IRS, he gained invaluable experience prosecuting tax-related matters, which serves him well as he seeks to defend his clients' rights and interests. He also once served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, representing the federal government during complex bankruptcy litigation involving tax compliance.

    A 1995 graduate of California State University, Mr. Drabkin obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1998, and The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year. He currently serves on the adjunct legal faculty at the Golden Gate University-Graduate School of Taxation, and he regularly conducts lectures and seminars across the country on a variety of topics related to tax law.

    He is a member of the taxation section of The State Bar of California and the taxation and bankruptcy sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and he is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received numerous other awards and honors for his professionalism and service.

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    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Tax
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%International
    Focus Areas

    Tax Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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    About Igor Drabkin

    Admitted: 1998, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.hsdtaxlaw.com/attorneys/igor-s-drabkin


    • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Tax Law by Super Lawyers, 2012-2020
    • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and Lexis-Nexis Peer Review

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Tax Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Tax Section
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Tax Section
    • Los Angeles Bar Association, Tax Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono Tax Court Panel

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Update of international tax enforcement by IRS and DOJ., Speaker, International Tax Enforcement, 35th Annual UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, 2019
    • News on the IRS enforcement of international tax issues., Speaker, International Enforcement – What’s Old, What’s New and What We Can Expect,, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2020
    • Speaker, Changing Face of Foreign Asset Protection, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2010
    • Webinar on FATCA requirements and taxpayer reporting issues for foreign assets., Speaker, FATCA After Tax Reform: Form 8938 Reporting for Taxpayers With Foreign Assets, Integrating Latest IRS Guidance,, 2019
    • Update on FBAR filing requirements, Speaker, FBAR 2018 Update: Mastering FinCen Form 114, Deadlines, Extension, Penalty Resolution and Waiver Provisions, Strafford Publications, 2018
    • International Reporting Penalties – What to Expect and How to Fight Them,” January 2015 edition, CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure
    • Adjunct Tax Law Professor, Golden Gate University
    • FBAR 2018 Update: Mastering FinCen Form 114, Deadlines, Extension, Penalty Resolution and Waiver Provisions, Speaker, Strafford Publications, 2018
    • Dealing with the ‘New’ IRS Appeals, Panelist, UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, 2018
    • The Other Shoe is Dropping — Criminal Enforcement and Civil Assessment and Collection of FBAR and International Information Return Penalties, Speaker/Panelist, American Bar Association, Tax Section, 2016


    • David Dung Le, M.D., Inc. v. Commissioner, 114 T.C. 268 (2000)
    • Boyd v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2002-46
    • Le v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2003-219
    • Bobbs v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2005-272
    • Pace v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2000-300

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Igor Drabkin was quoted in the Washington Post article on California legislature’s attempts to treat state income taxes as “charitable” contributions. , 2018


    Educational Background:

    • California State University, Northridge, Bachelor's Degree in Finance, 1995

    Industry Groups

    • Professional Services; Entertainment; Retail; Wholesale; Manufacturing; Real Estate
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    Office Location for Igor S. Drabkin

    315 S. Beverly Drive
    Suite 515
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Phone: 310-550-6200

    Fax: 310-774-3904

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