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Steven Walker

Steven L. Walker

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Steven L. Walker
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  • LL.M. (Taxation), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California-Davis
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Washington

Steven Walker is a former IRS Trial Attorney and an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Steven L. Walker focuses on tax controversy and litigation and has experience both in private practice and government service. His practice focuses on representing clients in sensitive tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local taxing agencies including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards. His clients include individuals, corporations, investors, partnerships and trusts and estates. He also handles international tax compliance issues and bankrutpcy tax matters.  He handles litigation in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Tax Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Walker is a former IRS Trial Attorney at the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, where he furnished legal advice and representation to the IRS on all matters relating to the administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue laws, including audits, administrative appeals, collections, and federal and state litigation.

He also is an adjunct professor at the University Of San Francisco School of Law in the LLM (Taxation) program, where he teaches Tax Fraud, and has taught Federal Tax Procedure. Mr. Walker was the Chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California for 2014 – 2015.

Mr. Walker also worked at the California Franchise Tax Board. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, has 18 civil tax trials and over 13 published United States Tax Court cases, and is a recipient of the IRS Special Act Award.

Mr. Walker was invited to Washington D.C. in 2016 by the Taxation Section, State Bar of California, to present a position paper regarding the Foreign Account and Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In 2014, Mr. Walker presented a paper topic regarding The Modification and Compromise of Restitution Orders in Criminal Tax Cases. In 2012, he presented a paper topic regarding the tax treatment of foreign retirement accounts, and in 2010, Mr. Walker presented a paper topic regarding a significant tax issue facing businesses in California. The papers were presented to the Internal Revenue Service, United States Treasury Department, U.S. Tax Court, and Congressional personnel.

Mr. Walker is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, an extraordinary group of America’s very best tax attorneys.  Membership is reserved for those leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to their chosen profession. Fellows must be nominated for the honor of membership and must then undergo a rigorous screening process prior to being elected as Fellows of the College.

Mr. Walker is a former partner of the international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, a former associate the international law firm White & Case LLP, and former Associate General Counsel of a publicly-traded Silicon Valley company.

Government and Prior Experience

  • Former IRS Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel
  • California Franchise Tax Board
  • Former Associate General Counsel, Silicon Valley Company
  • Former partner, international law firm, Palo Alto, California


  • United States Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of the State of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California


  • State Bar of California
  • Taxation Section, State Bar of California
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • San Francisco Tax Litigation Club