Mr. Ariel A. Javier is the founding shareholder of the Law Office of Ariel A. Javier, A Professional Corporation, which was established in March 2009. Mr. Javier’s practice areas include tax litigation, tax controversy/tax problem resolution, tax planning, tax compliance/preparation, entity formations, business planning and traditional accounting services.
Mr. Javier is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California and is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California. Mr. Javier is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Javier graduated from San Diego State University in 1996. Shortly after graduation, he accepted a position in the Business Trust Accounting Department at Union Bank of California. During that time, Mr. Javier passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.
Thereafter, Mr. Javier began working at a local CPA firm. During his five years at the CPA firm, Mr. Javier laid the foundation for what would become an extensive tax and accounting background.
In order to enhance his professional experience, Mr. Javier obtained a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2005.
Soon after graduating from law school, Mr. Javier joined a San Diego based tax law firm. In addition to further developing and improving his tax and accounting skills, Mr. Javier also handled tax controversy matters involving US Tax Court litigation and taxpayer audits with the IRS, California Franchise Tax Board, California Employment Development Department.
Then in 2009, Mr. Javier opened his own private tax law practice on the principle of providing superior and comprehensive professional services to clients in the areas related to and involving taxes.
One of the benefits of having a private practice is that it has allowed Mr. Javier to become more involved with community service. Mr. Javier was the President (2012), Treasurer (2011) and Director (2010) of the Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD).
During his FALSD Presidential term, he was responsible for producing the 2013 Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego and Pan-Asian Lawyers of San Diego Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers. This event had over 200 attendees, including prominent political leaders, community leaders, judges and attorneys. Over $25,000 was raised for future FALSD scholarships that will be awarded to deserving law students.
Other highlights of his FALSD Presidential term included the creation of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) Clinic in conjunction with the Housing Opportunities Collaborative, San Diego County Library System and Internal Revenue Service. The VITA Tax Clinic prepared free individual income tax returns for qualified taxpayers. Mr. Javier has volunteered over 80 hours each year for the 2012 and 2013 tax filing seasons. Mr. Javier also produced and moderated the “Solo Practitioner Panel Discussion” continuing education class which was catered to attorneys desiring to start their own solo law office/practice.
Mr. Javier is also a regular volunteer at the Housing Opportunities Collaborative’s Home Owner’s Mobile Education (“H.O.M.E.”) Clinics. The HOME Clinics are travelling clinics which provide free housing, legal and tax information, particularly to distressed homeowners. The HOME Clinics are held on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Mr. Javier has volunteered at over 20 HOME Clinics since April 2010.
Other community service honors and awards include:
- Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, awarded by the State Bar of California and Legal Aid Society of San Diego (2011 and 2012).
- 2011 Top Young Attorney Finalist, awarded by the San Diego Daily Transcript.
- 2010 Best New Volunteer Award from the Housing Opportunities Collaborative.
Mr. Javier is also a member of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association, San Diego County Bar Association, and the South Bay Bar Association.
In his spare time, Mr. Javier enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters, mountain biking, running and tinkering with vintage (pre-1974) air-cooled Volkswagens.