Breann has superior communication skills which lend to successful outcomes both in the courtroom and in key negotiations.

Breann Robowski focuses on state and local tax controversy work with an emphasis on property tax and transfer tax.

Breann assists clients in matters ranging from complex, high-stakes litigation to audit compliance and tax planning.  She has substantial experience with respect to personal property (e.g., business inventory, computer and technology equipment, leased equipment, network equipment, specialized fixtures), as well as real property (e.g., broadcast centers, clean rooms, data centers, office buildings and complexes, possessory interests, research and development facilities, solar farms).  She has managed and resolved property tax appeals in nearly all of California’s 58 counties, including, for example, a recent multi-million dollar settlement in Los Angeles County.  She routinely represents clients in administrative hearings and court trials and recently co-chaired a multi-week trial before the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Representative Experience

Has managed property tax appeals in nearly all 58 counties across California.


Chaired a month-long property tax case before the Santa Clara County Superior Court.


Successfully negotiated numerous property tax settlements, including a recent multi-million dollar settlement in Los Angeles County.

Professional Highlights

“Effective Settlement Strategies for Property Tax Cases: A Practical & Technical Guide,” Western States Petroleum Association’s Property Tax Educational Forum, 09/18/18.


“Don’t Let the Assessor Commingle Your Property - Strategies to Separate Personal Property from Real Property,” Counsel on State Taxation (COST) 2018 Property Tax Workshop, 08/15/18.


“Life in the Fast Lane… New Rules of the Road for Internet Regulation: How Do Changes in Net Neutrality Impact Property Taxes?” Center for Management Development’s (CMD) 48th Annual Taxation Conference Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation Conference 2018, 07/31/18.

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  • Speaking Engagements (cont.)
    • “California Property & Transfer Tax Planning for Entities,” Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers, 11/30/17.
    • “Don’t Let the Assessor Commingle Your Property - Strategies to Separate Personal Property from Real Property,” COST 2017 Property Tax Workshop, 09/27/17.
    • “Identifying and Valuing Intangible Assets for Property Tax Purposes,” Duff & Phelps Intellectual Property Value Summit, 12/08/16.

    • “The Intangibles Merry-Go-Round,” 46th Annual Taxation Conference on Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties, 07/25/16.

    • "Illegal Expansion of the Tax Base: Documentary Transfer Tax," Los County Bar Association’s Tax Practitioners’ Conference, 06/16/15.
    • "TEI/ITP Silicon Valley Joint State & Local Tax Day: Property Tax Update," Tax Executive Institute (TEI) - Santa Clara Chapter and Institute for Professionals in Tax (IPT), 12/09/14.

    • "TEI/ITP Silicon Valley Joint State & Local Tax Day: Property Tax Update," Tax Executive Institute (TEI) - Santa Clara Chapter and Institute for Professionals in Tax (IPT), 12/10/13.

Education

  • LL.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2015

    J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2009

    B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 2006

Admissions

  • California