Ovsep Akopchikyan focuses his practice on the representation of individuals and entities in civil and criminal tax controversy matters. His practice includes civil tax audits and administrative appeals; foreign and domestic voluntary disclosures; tax collection proceedings; criminal tax investigations; and civil and criminal tax litigation before state, federal, and appellate courts.
Prior to joining Abajian Law, Mr. Akopchikyan was a litigation attorney at one of the world’s largest law firms. He is well-versed in law and motion practice, appellate practice, and litigation strategy. Mr. Akopchikyan also has significant trial experience. His experience includes serving on a trial team that successfully obtained a $25 million verdict after a two-month trial. With a strong foundation in litigation, Mr. Akopchikyan is well-equipped to – and takes pride in – resolving complex and sensitive tax issues for the Firm’s clients.
Mr. Akopchikyan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and his Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from Loyola Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and Alpha Sigma Nu. At Loyola Law School, Mr. Akopchikyan graduated second in his class and served as President of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.
While in law school, Mr. Akopchikyan worked for the California State Board of Equalization and the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, where he first appeared before the United States Tax Court. He also worked in the chambers of the Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Rex Heeseman of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.