Paul J. Dostart



Paul’s practice has a four-part focus.  First, Paul represents tax-exempt organizations, principally in the scientific research, educational, and health care sectors.  Second, Paul advises for-profit businesses on general corporate matters, including corporate organization, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.  Third, Paul advises individuals and businesses in tax controversies, including tax disputes in federal and state courts.  Fourth, Paul leads our firm’s effort when we are engaged to conduct internal investigations.

Paul received his law degree from the University of Houston, where he served as Editor of the Houston Law Review and as President of the Scholastic honorary.  He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law where he was named a Lasker Scholar.

Paul’s professional activities include service as Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Taxation Law Section and of its Customs Law Section. Paul is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the San Diego Tax Practitioners Club, and the State Bar of Texas. He is active in the Business Law Section, and the Taxation Law Section, of The State Bar of California, and of the American Bar Association. In 1988, Paul was named a Fellow, and in 1997 a Life Fellow, of the American Bar Foundation. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Paul is a member of the Forum for Corporate Directors, and has authored various “Points to Consider” for directors and management. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and is registered as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Paul maintains a full speaking, writing and continuing education schedule. He has served as an adjunct professor of taxation law for the USD School of Law for over 25 years, and has taught as an instructor in the UCSD Extension Program for ERISA Paralegals. His lecture credits include dozens of business and professional groups. Paul’s articles have appeared in Taxes, The Journal of Taxation, California Tax Lawyer, and The Tax Lawyer, among others. Paul has edited a column in both an industry magazine and in the San Diego Business Journal.  Paul is a contributory author to the University of California Press/State Bar of California legal treatise titled “Advising California Nonprofit Corporations” and to the Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender treatise titled, “California Forms of Pleading and Practice.”   In 1993 he received a Course Sequence Award in “The Business of Biotechnology” from the UCSD College of Extended Studies.