Dick Shaw is a California Certified Specialist in Taxation Law. He specializes in business and tax planning, estate planning, and tax controversy representation.

Mr. Shaw serves as an expert witness in corporation, partnership, securities and tax litigation matters. He is a nationally recognized business and tax lawyer. He is a past Chair of the 20,000-member ABA Section of Taxation, and past President of the American Bar Retirement Association (2002-2003). He previously served three years as Vice Chair of the ABA Section of Taxation for Professional Services throughout the United States and served nine years on its governing Council. He has chaired the American Bar Committee on S Corporations. He has testified before Congress and the I.R.S. on corporate tax reform, Subchapter S, tax shelters, tax simplification and ethics. He has been Chair of the California Bar Tax Section, Western Region Tax Bar Association, and the San Diego County Bar Business Law Section. He is a past Regent for the Ninth Circuit in the American College of Tax Counsel, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a past Trustee and executive committee member of the American Tax Policy Institute. He earlier chaired the Taxation Task Force for the White House Conference on Small Businesses.

Since 1978, Mr. Shaw has lectured as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Advanced Business Planning and Advanced Corporate Tax Planning at the University of San Diego Law School Masters in Taxation Program. He lectures nationally on business and tax subjects and has chaired numerous programs at national institutes, such as the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA, NYU, USC and National PBS. He has published articles in many national publications such as The Tax Lawyer, Journal of Taxation, Major Tax Planning, and the Tax Law Review. He has previously been an editor of the Federal Bar Journal, Oregon Law Review, The Tax Lawyer, the Journal on S Corporation Taxation, and Business Entities publications. He has served as  an Advisory Board member and has chaired programs for the NYU Tax Institute on Federal Taxation and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council, University of Oregon Law School. As a member of the ABA, he has chaired the National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs.

Mr. Shaw has contributed years of community service in San Diego, having served as President of the San Diego County Council, Boy Scouts of America; President, the Eagle Scout Alumni Association; President, the San Diego Kiwanis Club; Chair, Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders; Chair, Corporate Finance Council; founding Incorporator, the San Diego Bar Foundation; Chair, Kiwanis Foundation; and member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Museum of Art, Business Circle. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Antelope Award, and Silver Beaver Award given by the Boy Scouts of America.

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers® in America
  • San Diego SuperLawyers®
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in Business and Finance
  • San Diego Magazine "Top Lawyers," recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer (2020)
  • University of San Diego Tax Controversy Institute Special Award for Excellence in Taxation (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (2018-2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Albert Nelson Marque Life Achievement Award (2018)
  • San Diego County Bar Association Outstanding Attorney of the Year (2015)
  • San Diego County Bar Association Taxation Section Inaugural Award (2013)
  • California State Bar Tax Joanne Garvey Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to tax law (2005)
  • ABA Tax Section Service Award (1994)
  • California State Bar’s v. Judson Klein Award for outstanding tax service in California (1985)


  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American College of Tax Counsel
  • American Bar Retirement Association
  • American Tax Policy Institute
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