Cliff’s unusual combination of skills has enabled him to develop sophisticated tax planning strategies and resolve tax disputes for clients more than two decades. As lawyer, accountant, longtime instructor and adjunct professor, he helps business and individual clients make sense of their circumstances and move forward with confidence.
With an advanced degree in taxation and extensive practical experience in tax planning, Cliff is relied on to formulate strategies to utilize the ever-changing array of federal and state tax laws – and relevant treaties – to clients’ benefit. This includes comprehensive counsel to businesses adapting to sweeping tax law changes enacted in 2017, and ongoing work with business owners and other individual taxpayers seeking to preserve assets through trust and estate planning.
In addition to his strong planning capabilities, Cliff has considerable experience representing businesses and individuals facing allegations of tax violations. He acts on behalf of clients in direct negotiation with the IRS and state tax authorities, and in litigation in U.S. Tax Court and other federal and state courts. He also represents clients under IRS and state audits and investigations.
Cliff’s clients have included corporations, small business owners, partnerships, and individual taxpayers. The foundations of his knowledge stem from early experience at Deloitte & Touche, one of the country’s largest accounting firms. He has since personally represented clients in tax matters and a range of civil litigation over the course of his career. Clients particularly appreciate Cliff’s ability to explain complex tax law in plain English, a skill he honed as an instructor and adjunct professor of accounting, tax and business law topics for 13 years.
Cliff has experience in a broad range of transactions involving U. S. persons and entities doing business overseas, and foreign individuals and businesses conducting business or acquiring property in the U.S. This work includes general international tax planning, subpart F income minimization, Check-the-Box planning, tax planning with foreign holding companies, tax treaty planning, as well as planning for the FIRPTA, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act.
Cliff represents U.S. taxpayers (residing in the U.S. and abroad) resolve or minimize their civil and criminal tax problems and assists clients who need to come into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations. Cliff has represented hundreds of clients in voluntary disclosures, FBAR Penalty exams, and civil and criminal tax investigations related to unreported foreign bank accounts.
At Moskowitz, and in the tax community, Cliff is looked to as a mentor for young attorneys and provides thoughtful counsel to colleagues when called upon.
Founder of Martinian & Associates, Inc., Attorney Tigran Martinian is recognized by his peers, clients, and the public as a skilled trial attorney in California.
Mr. Martinian has developed a reputation as a passionate attorney for justice by representing clients with a high level of skill. Trained by legendary trial lawyers, he provides effective and aggressive representation in every case he tries. He has a proven track record of helping those who have been harmed by the wrongful conduct of others or charged with a crime.
Upon taking on a case, Mr. Martinian maximizes its value by exploring perspectives from law professors, judges, formal judges, and defense attorneys. Shortly after passing his bar exam, Mr. Martinian was able to resolve his first criminal case, at the preliminary hearing stage, with a full dismissal of all charges against his client who was accused of major insurance fraud.
Thereafter, Mr. Martinian obtained verdicts exceeding millions of dollars in his first few civil trials. Since then, he has successfully collected over $100 million in verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts. Among these recoveries includes the matter wherein Mr. Martinian obtained the largest broken arm verdict ($600,000) in California.
Mr. Martinian was born in Armenia and migrated to Los Angeles in his late teens where he was put through many challenges. Through hard work, dedication, and perseverance, Mr. Martinian now leads a multi-million dollar law firm – which focuses on personal injury, products liability, elder abuse, criminal defense, mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, and class actions.
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, February 1998
- Abraham Lincoln University, Juris Doctor, February, 2004
Honors and Recognitions
- The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, 2014, 2015
- The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2013
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Attorney Award, 2015
- Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
Professional Affiliations and Membership
- American Bar Association
- American Association of Justice
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Interests and Hobbies
- Martial Arts - Black Belt 2nd Degree
- Contemporary Arts
Barry Schreiber has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1998 and the Florida Bar since 1971.
Atty. Schreiber is “Of Counsel” and based in Los Angeles, California.
Atty. Schreiber specializes in international business transactions, including M&A, buyouts, sales and general corporate investment banking.
Atty. Schreiber is a FINRA registered investment banker, as well as a producer/financier in the independent film industry. Atty. Schreiber is a partner in a personal management company in Los Angeles.
Atty. Schreiber brings extensive proficiency in real world business experience to the corporate and governmental sectors. He has a profound, insightful and intuitive understanding of the private/public sector relationship. Aside from the practice of law, Atty. Schreiber offers a background in finance (investment banking, commercial banking, corporate finance, and wealth management/financial advice). In addition, Atty. Schreiber holds a California life and health insurance license.
Previously, Atty. Schreiber served as an elected Miami-Dade County, Florida Commissioner for fourteen years and as a political lobbyist for six years.
Atty. Schreiber is a professional mediator/arbitrator, executive business/life coach and a certified work-place mediator and trainer. Much of his experience is from being a former panelist for the National Arbitration Forum and former Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Atty. Schreiber is available for consultation on any aspects of business in the US, including legal, investment banking, IP licensing, strategic partnerships, and choosing the best geographical area for location, capital raising and marketing for your company and its needs.
In addition to the English language, Atty. Schreiber speaks fluent Hebrew.
DAVID M. FREES III is a partner and chairman of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C.'s trust, estate and wealth preservation section. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Law School and a past chairman of the Chester County Community Foundation located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Frees is an author and regular speaker on the topics of estate practice marketing, estate and trust planning, estate dispute mediation, influence and persuasion. He has spoken to audiences from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Dickinson and Washington Colleges, as well as Comcast, Aramark Corporation, Travelers, GE and many other corporations and conventions. Mr. Frees also has appeared on more than 100 radio and television shows including those on Fox, NPR and PBS.
As a native of San Diego, family law attorney Gordon D. Cruse has a deeply personal interest in helping the people of his hometown and the surrounding area. Throughout his career of over 35 years, he has assisted individuals, business professionals, military personnel, and many others with his dedicated and focused legal representation.
He primarily works with cases involving divorce and other complex family law matters, serving all of San Diego County and beyond. He has been admitted to practice in all California state courts, in addition to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
- B.A. in Political Science- UC San Diego
- Juris Doctor- Western State University School of Law- 1982
A History of Success in Southern California
His achievements include the following:
- An Avvo® Rating of 10.0 Superb
- San Diego Super Lawyers®
- Top Attorneys San Diego County, 2009
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
- Listed in Best Lawyers®
- Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
- Martindale-Hubbell™ AV® Preeminent Rated
- 2017 Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year, Family Law Mediation
- 2015 Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year, Family Law - San Diego
- Member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers
- Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Pro Bono Publico Distinguished Service Award
- Norbert H. Ehrenfreund Award for Outstanding Family Law Attorney
- Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
- E-Discovery Expert
- State Bar of California, Certified Specialist in Family Law - Fee Arbitration Committee (1989), Family Law Executive Committee (1989-1995)
- San Diego County Bar Association - Family Law Section, Certified Family Law Specialists Executive Committee (1996-1999; 2000-2003; Chair, 2002), Client Relations Committee and Mandatory Fee Arbitration (Chair, 1990-1992)
- Settlement Conference Judge, Family Law, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego (1993)
- Judge Pro Tempore, Family Law, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego (1993)
- California State Bar Practice Management and Family Law, Mentor (1994-1995)
- Special Master, Family Law Matters (1996)
- Private Judge, Family Law Matters (1996)
- American Bar Association
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
- International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow
- Expert Witness and Fee Dispute Litigation Consultant
Amanda Mineer is an attorney with over fifteen years of experience practicing law. In 2003, she graduated from the University of San Diego Law School. She then started her own practice in 2005, with a focus on helping entrepreneurs start their businesses.
After witnessing a close friend struggle with a veterans disability claim for several years, Amanda decided to apply her advocacy skills towards helping veterans navigate the frustrating and complicated VA system.
Since joining the Veteran’s Law Group in 2013, Amanda has helped us to strengthen our ability to serve veterans, giving them the support they need through difficult claims processes. Her compassion for veterans, along with her ability to translate legal jargon into easy-to-understand language, allows her to help you, as our client, get the benefits you deserve. She also serves as an educator to VSOs/VSRs across the country to help them better serve veterans in the early stages of their claims.
Pete joined the firm's top-ranked Cybersecurity practice after serving as the global head of cybersecurity law at JPMorgan Chase, where he was head counsel to the firm's chief information security officer and its chief security officer. In that role, Pete counseled all levels of the organization, from its security operations centers to the boardroom. Prior to his corporate experience, Pete worked in the U.S. intelligence community and started his legal career as a corporate associate in another large international law firm.
Pete uses his multidisciplinary background to advise companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, cyber incident preparedness and response, regulatory strategy, and government and internal investigations. The unique experience he gained in financial services and government enables Pete to help clients navigate the rapidly evolving cybersecurity threat landscape, understand what regulators and others expect, and find practical solutions.
Victoria Tokar is a member of the California State Bar. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. During law school, she published a student note and served as chief research editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. Victoria earned a Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in law librarianship from the University of Washington in 2019. Victoria is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and enjoys all things writing and research.
Marcia Guzman is a licensed attorney in California exclusively practicing employment law. Ms. Guzman and her law partner, Victoria Tokar, established the law firm Attorneys for Workers’ Rights to serve employees who have been wrongfully terminated or have wage & hour claims.
Ms. Guzman worked diligently throughout her school years to graduate with honors. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, where she participated in several fellowships. Later, she proudly received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.
Attorneys for Workers’ Rights believes in helping people with their claims against employers who treat them unfairly and unlawfully. Ms. Guzman is God-driven and believes in assisting those persons in need to ensure that their rights are heard and protected, and that they have access to legal representation, no matter what their status in life is.
Eric Ludwig is an experienced trial lawyer with an extensive background in intellectual property and business litigation. He represents clients in complicated, high-value patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, employment law, and business dispute cases in California courts as well as in federal courts throughout the United States.