Bruce Givner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Givner & Kaye, A Professional Corporation
 | 12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 445
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 424-276-1636
Fax: 310-207-8708
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Persian (Farsi),
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Bruce is a shareholder with Givner & Kaye, Los Angeles, California. The firm's practice is almost equally divided among 5 areas: ordinary income tax planning; reducing, deferring and eliminating capital gains; estate tax elimination; and asset protection planning, with the 5th area a potpourri of Tax Court (and other tax problems) and probate litigation, real estate, international tax and estate planning. 

Bruce has successfully advocated on behalf of clients who face audits and other serious tax issues with the IRS  and the FTB.  He also helps clients develop sophisticated tax plans, and offers effective legal counsel involving the purchase and sale of businesses and other commercial transactions.

A top-rated attorney with 43 years of experience, Bruce possesses the extensive knowledge and skills required to help clients reduce their overall tax liability and protect their personal and business interests regardless of how large their estates or how complex their needs.

Widely regarded as one of the top tax and estate planning attorneys in the region, Bruce holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" rating from Avvo.

A 1973 U.C.L.A. graduate, Bruce received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1976 and an LL.M. in taxation from N.Y.U. in 1977.

A consummate professional, Bruce is active in a number of professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Estate and Gift Taxes Committee and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Employee Benefits Committee. He is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Tax (60%): Tax Law

Estate Planning & Probate (20%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Estate & Trust Litigation (10%): Will Contests

Employee Benefits (10%)

Focus Areas

Tax Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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About Bruce Givner

Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage:


  • AV rated Martindale-Hubbell for 32 years.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee, Chair
  • L.A. County Bar Association Taxation Section Executive Committee
  • Executive Committee American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • L.A. County Bar Remedies Section, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • California Senate Advisory Commission on Life and Health Insurance, 1986
  • Arthritis Foundation, L.A. Chapter; Member, Board of Directors and Board of Governors
  • Guardians of the Jewish Homes for the Aging; Board of Directors
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association; Past Chair, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Arthritis Foundation, San Fernando Valley Branch; President
  • City of Hope, Finance Associates Chapter; Board of Directors
  • UCLA Alumni Association, 1991; Board of Directors, Public Service Awards Committee
  • California Board of Optometry, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a public member, 2013
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, L.A. Chapter; Member, Board of Trustees, Planned Giving Committee
  • UCLA Alumni Association; Board of Directors, Legislative Relations Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Estate Tax Planning and The Codified Economic Substance Doctrine: An Uneasy Connection, California State Bar Trusts & Estates Quarterly, 2012
  • "Taxpayer Victory Over IRS: Even a Bad Appraisal Can Be A 'Qualified' Appraisal" in Accounting Today
  • Co-Author, Challenging IRS Regulations: The Supreme Court's Mayo Decision, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, 2011
  • Author, Attacking The IRS: Ignorance or Stupidity, Accounting Today, 2013
  • "The Three Legged Stool: Simple, but Sophisticated, Estate Tax Planning" in California State Bar Trusts and Estates Quarterly
  • Author, Looking Ahead To 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2013
  • "Same Sex Marriage: Taxes and Real Estate" in Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • "IRS Tackles Four-Time Super Bowl Champion for a $5 Million Loss" in Accounting Today
  • "Valuable Homes, Pitiful Exemption" in CalCPA Buzz
  • Over 100 articles published in professional journals.


  • IRS Form 709 is the Federal Gift Tax Return.  It is not the most complex return.  However, when we are using it to report complex gift transactions, it is important that the transactions be carefully disclosed. , IRS Form 709 - The Federal Gift Tax Return, 2012

Educational Background:

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, LL.M (Taxation), 1977
  • Columbia University School of Law, 1976
  • Admiral King High School (Lorain, Ohio), 1969
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, B.A., Major: History, 1973

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • Inherited Wealth
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for Bruce Givner

12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 445
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 424-276-1636

Fax: 310-207-8708

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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