Christian Speck

Christian Speck, an of-counsel attorney with over 25 years of experience, specializes in tax controversy issues. He brings invaluable insights from his more than two decades as a trial attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service. His knowledge in IRS disputes is evidenced by his representation of the IRS in hundreds of cases before the United States Tax Court, where he was recognized as one of Chief Counsel’s experts on charitable contribution deductions and taxpayer fraud investigations.

This background gives Christian a unique perspective in handling a wide range of tax issues, making him an asset to clients facing complex tax controversies. Before his tenure at the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, Christian served various private law firms, working with real estate developers and state and local elected officials, and acted as the contracted city attorney for a small northern California city.

In addition to his legal practice, Christian is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and has been an adjunct professor for almost twenty five years, teaching courses in Federal Income Tax, Business Law, and Real Estate. This diverse experience enhances his ability to provide well-rounded legal advice in tax-related matters.


  • J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University

Areas Of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.

Our tax attorneys are committed to helping clients proactively structure their businesses, transactions, and estate plans in the most tax-efficient manner.


  • Adjunct Professor, Sierra College
  • Adjunct Professor, Los Rios Community College
  • Former In-House Instructor for IRS Personnel


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court