Wendy Abkin advises clients on tax controversies and litigation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), and state and local taxing agencies. Wendy represents clients in civil and criminal tax matters, including voluntary disclosures, offshore matters, audits, appeals, litigation, and collection. She also assists clients with state and local tax matters, representing them before the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Department.
Wendy has focused on tax controversy and litigation throughout her career, both in private practice and US government service. She is a former IRS trial lawyer and has worked with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in San Francisco, where she litigated cases for the IRS before the US Tax Court. In private practice, Wendy’s clients have included individuals, privately held businesses, nonprofits and other tax-exempt entities, estates, and trusts, with a focus on trusts with exposure to California income tax issues. She also served as a law clerk for Judge Charles E. Clapp of the Tax Court in Washington, DC.
Wendy has been active on a number of tax-related committees and bar associations. A current member of the San Francisco Tax Club and the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, she has previously served as chair of the California State Bar Taxation Section, co-chair of the State Bar of California’s Council of State Bar Sections, and chair of the Tax Court Pro Se Pro Bono program of the California State Bar Taxation Section, which provides free advice and assistance to unrepresented taxpayers appearing in the Tax Court.
Wendy continues to serve as a pro bono lawyer for taxpayers who appear without counsel before the Tax Court through the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Low Income Tax Clinic.
Wendy speaks frequently on topics of tax controversy and tax procedure before legal and accounting professional associations, and she has served as an adjunct professor in both the School of Law and the Master’s in Taxation Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1986, LL.M.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1985, J.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982, M.A.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
US Tax Court
Awards and Affiliations
Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, San Francisco, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Recognized, Tax Law, San Francisco, The Best Lawyers in America (2020–2022)
Recognized, Northern California Super Lawyers® (2006–2019)
Member, San Francisco & Silicon Valley Tax Firm of the Year, International Tax Review (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, Best Lawyers in America (2010–2011)
Recognized, Northern California “Top 50 Women” Super Lawyers (2008, 2010–2012)
Recognized, Northern California "Top 100” Super Lawyers (2009)
Recipient, V. Judson Klein Award, Taxation Section, State Bar of California (2007)