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Meet Marilyn Barrett

Marilyn Barrett specializes in tax planning and tax administrative proceedings. She also assists clients in business matters, including choice of entity, business formation, partnership and limited liability company agreements, mergers and acquisitions and acts as outside general counsel for long-term clients.

Marilyn received her B.S. in Accounting with highest distinction from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from UCLA Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Marilyn is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Bars of the State of California and the District of Columbia.

Marilyn served on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California from 1992 – 1997 and served as Chair of the Taxation Section in 1996 – 97. She also served as Chair of the Entertainment Committee of the Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 1991 – 92, as a member of the Executive Committee from 1992 – 1998 and as Chair of its Taxation Section from 1997 – 98. Marilyn chaired the Washington DC Delegation of Tax Lawyers co-sponsored by the Taxation Sections of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1994 and 1995. Marilyn was active with the Affiliated and Related Corporations Committee of the ABA Taxation Section for a number of years. During those years, she served as chair of the Subcommittee on Inter-Company Allocations, Chair of the Subcommittee on Continuing Legal Education, and Chair of the Current Developments Task Force.

While active in the Bar Associations, Marilyn drafted and presented the following papers:

  • Memorandum on California state tax provisions adverse to business development as Chair of Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section
  • Memorandum to Rebuild LA on tax enterprise zone provisions as Chair of Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section
  • Proposal on “Definition of ‘Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions’ for Alternative Minimum Tax Purposes,” which deals specifically with impact on AMT on entertainers, to staff members of the Joint Committee On Taxation; House Ways and Means Committee; Senate Finance Committee; Tax Legislative Counsel (U.S. Treasury Department); and Internal Revenue Service, as chair of Entertainment Tax Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Summary of tax enterprise zone proposals to staff members of the Joint Committee On Taxation; House Ways and Means Committee; Senate Finance Committee; and Tax Legislative Counsel (U.S. Treasury Department), as Chair of Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Proposal on “Taxation of Escrow and Settlement Funds under IRS § 468B(g)” to staff members of Tax Legislative Counsel (U.S. Treasury Department) and Internal Revenue Service, as representative of Income Tax Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Marilyn has also been active in community affairs. She is a past member of the Board and President of the Board of Directors of the Saban Community Clinic in Los Angeles and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic. She has also served on the Boards of the Youth Mentoring Connection, Peace Over Violence (fka Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women), the Leadership Connection, and the Women’s Leadership Board, Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Throughout her legal career, she has provided pro bono legal services to more than 20 charitable organizations to assist them in securing tax-exempt status.

Marilyn was honored with the Achievement Award in Law given by the Century City Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is AV Preeminent peer review rated,* the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and was selected as a “Super Lawyer” in 2016.

Marilyn has also received numerous awards for her charitable work, including the Humanitarian Award from the Los Angeles Commission On Assaults Against Women, Humanitarian Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Commendation from the Los Angeles County Commission on the Status of Women and the Lenny Somberg Award (volunteer of the year) from the Saban Community Clinic.

Marilyn has authored more than 40 articles for legal journals and is the contributing editor on Federal Taxation for the CEB California Business Law Reporter. Selected articles are available under “About Us.” Just Sign Here Honey: Women’s 10 Biggest Mistakes & How To Avoid Them is her first book for a general audience.

* Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary and fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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