Chad D. Nardiello

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Top Rated Tax Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Nardiello Law Firm, PLC
 | 1875 Century Park East, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-284-3157
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005, 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%)
Attorney Profile

Formerly a trial attorney for the Tax Division of The United States Department of Justice, Chad D. Nardiello has an extraordinary combination of knowledge and experience that makes him a valuable advocate. Founder of Nardiello Law Firm, PLC, he represents clients in matters of tax litigation, tax controversy and criminal tax proceedings. Before starting his own firm, he worked in the Tax Controversy & Litigation group for one of the largest international law firms, and represented several Fortune 500 companies.  He began his career engaged in tax planning for mergers and acquisitions for one of the “Big 4” public accounting firms.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Accountancy, a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, he uses his extensive educational background to give advice and representation to clients big and small. No matter what stage the client is in during the tax controversy process, Mr. Nardiello is prepared to pursue the case with his full focus and attention.

Public speaking and media appearances are common for Mr. Nardiello, and his notable cases include nonpublic and public matters for the government and private clients. With experience on both sides of the process, he is uniquely prepared to represent clients thoroughly and fairly.

He is licensed to practice in California and Washington, D.C., with affiliations in the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association, The State Bar of California, The District of Columbia Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. During both his public and private experience, he has received several special commendations and awards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Tax (60%): Tax Law

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Law

Focus Areas

Tax: Tax Law

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 Rising Stars: 2005, 2013 - 2017

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About Chad Nardiello

Admitted: 2003, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Special Commendation, United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, 2009
  • Special Commendation, United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, 2008
  • "Rising Star," Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2016
  • "Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2005
  • “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2013
  • “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Taxation Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • California Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Washington, D.C.
  • California

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “US Allows Swiss Banks With Undisclosed Accounts To Wipe the Slate Clean,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert, Co-author, November 8, 2013
  • “IRS Eases Access to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert, Co-author, June 24, 2014
  • Mentor, United States Attorney General’s Honors Program to incoming attorneys to the Tax Division
  • "The 2005 California Tax Amnesty,” Los Angeles Lawyer (Co-author, December 2004)
  • “2005 California Tax Amnesty: Caveat Particeps (Let the Participant Beware!),” California Tax Lawyer (Co-author, Winter 2005)
  • “IRS Scrutiny of Tax Exempt Organizations,” Los Angeles Lawyer (Co-author, July 2005)  
  • “A Gathering Storm – IRS Scrutiny of Tax Exempt Organizations,” BNA Daily Tax Report (Co-author, Nov. 4, 2005)  
  • “Wells Fargo Takes Up Cudgel to Protect Tax Accrual Workpapers,” The National Law Review (online) (Co-author, April 20, 2011)  
  • “Tax Accrual Workpapers Redux,” Tax Notes (Co-author, August 29, 2011)  
  • “Is It a Partnership Item,” Tax Notes (September 20, 2013)
  • “Supreme Court Holds Valuation Misstatement Penalty Applies in Tax Shelter Case,” Tax Notes Today (author: Andrew Velarde, December 4, 2013) (quoting Mr. Nardiello on commenting on the effect of an opinion issued by the United States Supreme Court on the previous day)
  • “First Circuit Liberalizes Tax Deductibility Standard of False Claims Act Settlements,” Financial Fraud Law Report (Co-author, October 2014)  

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Dulwich, LLC v. United States, Case No. 07-66 (U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, Dec. 20, 2007) (jurisdictional issue in the context of complex partnership procedural rules)
  • Washington Mutual, Inc. v. United States, Case No. 06-1550 (U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Aug. 12, 2008) (tax basis and corresponding deductions in intangible, banking assets purportedly arising from a tax-free corporate reorganization)  
  • Wilson v. United States (In re Wilson), 407 B.R. 405 (U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 10th Cir. June 12, 2009) (dischargeability of tax penalties in bankruptcy)  
  • Livrpol, LLC v. United States, Case No. 07-796 (U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, July 22, 2009) (transaction involving foreign distressed debt in a partnership structure and the deductibility of flow-through losses)  
  • Shea Homes, Inc. and Subsidiaries et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 142 T.C. No. 3 (U.S. Tax Court, Feb. 12, 2014) (application of the completed contract method of accounting to a residential home builder)  
  • Wells Fargo v. United States, 114 A.F.T.R.2d (RIA) 5021 (U.S. Court of Federal Claims, June 27, 2014) (whether after a merger the surviving entity is the “same taxpayer” for purposes of Internal Revenue Code section 6621(d))  

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Bachelor's of Accountancy, Cum Laude, Beta Alpha Psi, University of San Diego
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Taxation, With Distinction, Georgetown University Law Center
Office Location for Chad D. Nardiello

1875 Century Park East
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-284-3157


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Last Updated: 9/13/2017

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