The Taxation Section has selected Sidney J. Machtinger as recipient of its prestigious Dana Latham Award for lifetime achievement in the field of taxation law. He will be honored at the section’s annual Dana Latham Award luncheon on June 3 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.
Sid Machtinger is recognized for his unparalleled excellence and integrity in the practice of tax law for over 40 years. As a trial lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service, he handled tax cases for the office of Chief Counsel in Washington, DC and for the Regional Counsel’s office in Los Angeles. He has filed numerous petitions with and tried many cases before the United States Tax Court and has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Board of Equalization.
Machtinger is certified as a tax specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has served as a guest lecturer for the USC Tax Institute and has spoken frequently before C.P.A. and other professional organizations. He is past president of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council and past chair of the Tax Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
In private practice, Machtinger has represented clients in tax controversy matters and advised clients regarding individual, corporate, trust, and estate matters, including estate plans requiring multiple trusts for family members, insurance trusts, and charitable foundations.
Machtinger is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Southern California. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Partially Sighted, a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and a member of the Board of Visitors to the School of Medicine at U.C.L.A.
After receiving his B.S.B.A. from Northwestern University, he also received his J.D. from Northwestern, where he was elected to the Board of Editors of the Northwestern Law Review and Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, and before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.