Law Office of David S. Howard

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Dave Howard | Caroline Chen | Evan Alonzo | Morgan Martin | Jonathan Howard | Julie Elster

David S. Howard, CPA, Atty

“Dave Howard is one of the most creative tax accountants, and lawyers, I have ever worked with. I do not hesitate to refer him when a client or contact has an international issue, or complex tax problem. Dave represents people before the IRS and is a good strategist and negotiator. Dave Howard has my complete endorsement and recommendation.”

Pamela Hedblad
Principal - Emerging Business Group at Abbott, Stringham & Lynch

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650 N First Street
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 684-6518

(408) 684-6518

I listen to my clients and try to understand what they want to do. I ask questions and challenge the status quo. I provide creative alternatives to conventional solutions. I will act as a coordinator of existing service providers or I will find replacements. I really go to bat for my clients.

I limit my practice to closely held companies and their owners. I help my clients deal with taxes, transactions, compensation, estate planning, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, financing, wealth managers, investment bankers, private equity firms, multinational transactions, stock brokers, insurance agents, trust officers, messed up tax returns, income tax audits, income tax appeals, income tax litigation, vacation planning, good times and good feelings.

Law Office of David S. Howard, San Jose, CA (2015-Present)
Owner, Senior Attorney

Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, San Jose, CA (2009-2014)
Of Counsel, Tax Attorney

Deloitte, National and International Practice, San Jose, CA (1984-2005)
Tax Partner

Arthur Andersen, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Silicon Valley Offices (1975-1984)
Tax Manager

Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG Predecessor), Los Angeles, CA (1969-1972)
Audit and Tax Practice and Training Associate

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, Graduate School of Business, Master of Taxation Program, San Jose, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Adjunct Professor


Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University and Columbia School of Business Columbia University (1998)
Deloitte Competitive Readiness Training (Mini MBA)

Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1970)
Juris Doctor (JD)

Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1970)
Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1966)
BS in Accounting, Statistics and Economics

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (1960-1962, 1965)
Undergraduate studies in Accounting

Negotiations Training by Harvard Law School Faculty (1995)

Professional Licenses and Admissions

Bar Admissions: California (Bar No. 48793, Sworn in Jan 1971)

Admitted to Practice:

California Certified Public Accountant


Dave has spent a substantial amount of time living and working outside of the United States (Argentina, Switzerland, France, England). He speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently, he can correspond and transact business in written French and written Italian.

He understands cultural differences and enjoys dealing with businesses with connections to Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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