Ulises Pizano-Diaz previously worked at a boutique tax law firm where he represented clients in all aspects of tax controversy and litigation, and administrative appeals. His practice focused on both federal and state tax issues including multi-state issues such as “nexus,” non-residency, and apportionment. He also advised non-resident businesses on potential California tax liabilities. Additionally, he also assisted clients with criminal tax matters at both the federal and state level.Ulises also worked in the Pass Through Entities Group at the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”). At the FTB, he was responsible for drafting final determination letters, as well as conducting and reviewing tax analysis of partnerships, LLCs, estates and trusts, taxation of real estate transactions and other pass-through entities. In addition, during his time at the FTB, Ulises discovered a widely publicized $100 million tax shelter.
During law school, Ulises worked at the Placer County District Attorney’s office where he attended preliminary hearings, conducted legal research, drafted trial motions, and assisted in all areas of trial preparation. He was also a judicial extern at the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of the Northern District Illinois.Ulises has previously worked at Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a Fortune 500 international manufacturing company, where he assisted in the completion of mergers, acquisitions and divestments of company’s operating units. He drafted and reviewed complex commercial contracts for suppliers, distributors and customers of ITW’s businesses.
Prior to practicing law, Ulises worked as CFO for a healthcare company with interests in a full service orthopedic spine practice, surgery centers, medical buildings and health clubs.
Ulises graduated, with distinction, from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received a Masters in Accountancy/Tax from California State University Sacramento. Ulises has been admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California, the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Tax Court. In his spare time, Ulises volunteers with the San Francisco Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Taxation Committee of the State Bar of California, Education Chair
California State Car Corporate and Pass through Entities Committee, Vice Chair
Sacramento County Bar Association – Business Section, Speaker Chair
Sacramento County Bar Association – Taxation Section, Treasurer