Alfred F. DeLeo



Al is a tax lawyer and the head of the firm's Tax Practice. Born and raised in New York City, he began his career as a tax lawyer with one of the major New York City law firms. In 1982, he relocated to California, and he has been practicing tax law in Los Angeles since then.

Income Tax Planning

Al is regularly consulted to structure real estate investments to maximize the client's income tax objectives and to advise clients on the characterization and treatment of transactions and business plans under the income tax laws. He has particular experience in matters involving real estate acquisitions, dispositions, sale-leasebacks, partnerships, exchanges, co-venturing and development, real estate investment trusts, and tax-exempt entities (including pension funds) and their investments in real estate.

Real Property and Documentary Transfer Tax Planning

Real property tax planning in California is deceptively simple, is subtle at times, but is often important.  Sometimes a client wishes to trigger a reassessment.  Sometimes the client wishes to avoid one.  Al works with clients to maximize their planning objectives and to contest property tax valuations where appropriate.

Al regularly advises clients on the application of the California documentary transfer tax.  The tax is present to one extent or another everywhere in California and can be a significant component to the economics of a transaction.  Al is knowledgeable in matters relating to this tax and assists clients in working through the often unclear rules in different jurisdictions.

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer Award, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York (inactive)


  • J.D., George Washington University, 1977, Order of the Coif
  • B.S.L., Georgetown University, 1974, cum laude