Paul Sczudlo

Of Counsel | Los Angeles

Paul is of counsel in the private client and tax team.

He has over 35 years’ experience focused on global planning matters. Paul is widely recognized for his practice in cross-border and entertainment tax planning. His clients have ranged broadly from high-net-worth individuals; foreign investors in U.S. real estate and other U.S.-situated assets; Americans with offshore investments, acquisitions and business activities; and actors, musicians, writers, producers, directors and agents; to film production and distribution companies; public and closely-held businesses; and financial institutions.

Paul’s practice emphasizes entertainment taxation; international income taxation; international estate and gift tax planning; international estate administration; international wealth transfer planning; other international planning for high-net-worth individuals; inbound planning for businesses seeking to set up, acquire or dispose of, manufacturing, distribution, licensing or other operations in the United States; outbound planning for U.S. businesses establishing or acquiring foreign operations; international tax withholding; and cross-border tax reporting, compliance and controversy issues.

His practice includes U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign parties; international film production and distribution; United States and California withholding tax issues with respect to non-U.S. individuals, corporations and other foreign entities; planning for executives and other foreign individuals moving to or from the United States; income and estate tax planning for U.S. citizens moving abroad, with or without terminating their U.S. citizenship; and structuring for, and assisting with, the organization of, foreign corporations, foreign limited liability companies, foreign trusts and other foreign entities.

Paul writes and lectures regularly on international and other tax topics of interest to businesses and high net worth individuals. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2004 and as a Best Lawyer since 2006.

Paul is the current Chair of the Los Angeles Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Private Client Committee, the California State Bar Association’s International Tax Committee and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Taxation Section.

Secretary Leigh-Anne Locke





State of California

‘Foreign tax reform changes under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’, Daily Journal - January 26, 2018, co-author

‘Crossing Borders: Light and Truth – A Primer on International Taxation and Compliance for Individuals’, 2008 Tax Institute, USC Law School, 60 Major Tax Planning - 2008

‘Expatriation: Time to Go?’, STEP USA - October 2008

Los Angeles Chapter of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Chair and Co-Founding Member

Los Angeles International Tax Club, Chair

USA Chapter of the International Fiscal Association, Member

USC Gould School of Law 2018 Tax Institute, ‘Tax Residency: Unwelcome Status?’ - January 2018

STEP/LA, ‘International Estate and Income Tax Planning Greatest Riddles and Enigmas’ - November 2017

STEP/LA, ‘Ethical Considerations in Planning for High-Net-Worth Individuals’ - January 2017



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