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 international income tax, international estate and gift tax, and entertainment 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 ranked as a Leading Individual in Tax in Chambers USA 2022, and was first ranked in 2004, and is ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2022 in the area of Private Wealth Law. He is also recognized as a "key lawyer" by The Legal 500 US in 2021 in the area of international tax.

Paul is vice chair of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP USA) and immediate past chair of the Los Angeles Branch (STEP Los Angeles). He is 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


Paul has a very high level of technical expertise, he is articulate, knowledgeable, with a calm demeanor. He is appropriately conservative but creative and is able to see the big picture.

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

I enjoy working with [Paul] as he resolves issues quickly and efficiently.

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

He is a very skilled practitioner […] and is recognized for working with clients in the media and entertainment sector.

Chambers USA

Paul Sczudlo is highly recommended for cross-border trusts and estate planning in Southern California.

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Paul is the best attorney I have ever worked with in any field, period. He is very knowledgeable and professional. He is also outgoing, thorough, attentive to details and proactive.

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

A very good international tax lawyer.

Chambers USA

Paul is respected for his expertise in cross-border tax planning.

Chambers USA





State of California, 1980

The IRS further targets foreign owners of US real property,’ Withers Insight - October 19, 2020, author

Facing Change: Current Tax and Estate Planning Ideas,’ NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning, Issue 35 – September 2020, co-author

IRS targets tax compliance by non-U.S. owners of U.S. real estate,’ Withers Insight - September 24, 2020, co-author

STEP USA, Vice Chair

USC Tax Institute Planning Committee, Member

STEP Los Angeles, Founding Member, Immediate Past Chair

STEP LA International Tax and Estate Planning Forum, ‘Special International Immigration Tax Regimes,’ - May 5 & 6, 2022, co-chair of the forum and chair and speaker on the panel

STEP LA, ‘Let’s Talk Canadian / US Tax & Estate Planning Tips & Traps, eh!’ - September 20, 2021, chair / moderator

Strafford Program, ‘Section 965 Payment Acceleration Events: Avoiding Triggers, Curable Events,’ - August 24, 2021, co-presenter



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