Ex-Reed Smith Partner Forms Three-Lawyer Tax Boutique in LA

Feb. 17, 2016, 11:31 PM

Marty Dakessian has departed Reed Smith to launch a three-attorney tax boutique, called Dakessian Law, with headquarters in Los Angeles and a satellite office in Sacramento.

“In the boutique environment, you can afford to be focused and laser-like in the practice area and the business,” Dakessian told Big Law Business. “I wanted to see what would it be like to take what I had and what I had built in my practice over the course of the last several years, and have it in a boutique environment where that’s all we’re thinking about.”

He joined Reed Smith in 2010 as an income partner and was promoted to equity partner, having developed a practice focused on California tax disputes and litigation. Dakessian said many of his clients from Reed Smith will follow him to the new firm. Although he declined to name specific clients, Dakessian previously represented Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Granite Construction, SpaceX, DeVry University, Jessica McClintock, Kia Motors and others. His new firm will focus exclusively on the representation of taxpayers in California tax disputes.

“We wish Marty all the best with his new firm,” John Iino, Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office, told Big Law Businesss via e-mail Wednesday.

Dakessian will be joined by two other attorneys at the new firm: LaShelle Wilson, formerly a director with ADP Tax Services, starts Monday and Ruben Sislyan, a former senior associate at Deloitte Tax, has already started.

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