Paul Sczudlo

Of Counsel

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 ranked as a Leading Individual in Tax in Chambers USA 2019, and was first ranked in 2004.

Paul is secretary of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP USA) and 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.

Secrétaire Leigh-Anne Locke


a very good international tax lawyer

Chambers USA 2019

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

Chambers USA 2019

He offers strength in tax issues affecting clients in the entertainment sector.

Chambers USA 2019





State of California, 1980

STEP USA, Secretary

STEP Los Angeles, Chair and Founding Member

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

STEP Wyoming International Estate Planning Conference, "Moderated Roundtable Discussion" - September 21, 2019

Strafford Webinar, "Expatriation Tax Planning for U.S. Retirees: Filing Obligations, Exit Tax, U.S. Pension and Retirement Income" - July 25, 2019

US/UK Tax Planning: New York & Los Angeles Conferences, "Tax, Immigration & Reputation for International Sports Persons & Entertainers" - May 2 & 6, 2019



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