De Castro, West, Chodorow, Mendler & Glickfeld, Inc.

10960 Wilshire Blvd.

Suite 1400

Los Angeles, CA 90024


d. 310-478-2541



West Los Angeles Chair

Michael Cohen



Michael C. Cohen is an AV-rated attorney who represents clients in federal and state tax controversy matters including:

  • Audits

  • Administrative appeals

  • Civil and criminal litigation

Mr. Cohen advises on potential controversy issues that may arise with respect to transactions under consideration.

Examples of the disputes Mr. Cohen has handled include estate and gift tax valuation issues, California residency issues, innocent spouse claims and transactions alleged to be abusive tax shelters. 

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Cohen was a trial attorney at the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service. 

Mr. Cohen's clients include corporations, private entities and high-net-worth individuals who operate diverse businesses in a variety of industries, including:

  • Entertainment

  • Real estate

  • Financial services


J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1980
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977


California, 1980
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims


State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Chair, Tax Section Procedure and Litigation Committee, 1995-96


Chair, UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, 1996-97

Highrise Networks, Inc.

800 S. Figueroa, Suite 925

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 712-9080