Before joining the firm as a principal, Sandra Brown spent more than 26 years as a federal trial lawyer, including serving as the Acting United States Attorney and twice as the First Assistant United States Attorney, in the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Central District of California. In addition to leading the Central District of California’s United States Attorney’s Office, where she supervised approximately 270 attorneys in the largest Justice Department Office outside of Washington, D.C. Ms. Brown also served as the Chief of the Tax Division for more than ten years where she supervised lawyers within the United States Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice Tax Division and the Department of Treasury who were responsible for complex Federal civil and criminal tax matters, including related grand jury proceedings, trials, and appeals.
Ms. Brown’s broad range of experience in complex civil tax controversies and criminal tax investigations and litigation includes having handled over 2,000 cases on behalf of the United States before the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court, the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the California Superior Court. She obtained her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver, is a fellow of the American College of Tax counsel as well as a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association Tax Section & Criminal Justice Section, NYU Tax Controversy Institute Advisory Committee, Beverly Hills Bar Association Taxation Section, Federal Bar Association, California Lawyers Association Tax Section, and the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.
Ms. Brown’s practice focuses on individuals and organizations who are involved in criminal tax investigations, including related grand jury matters, court litigation, and appeals, as well as representing and advising taxpayers involved in complex and sophisticated civil tax controversies, including representing and advising taxpayers in sensitive-issue audits and administrative appeals, as well as civil litigation in federal, state and tax court.