IRC Section 412 and 419 Tax Shelter Fraud Cases
If you have been a victim
of tax shelter fraud by an insurer, accountant or other promoter, and have been audited by the IRS or state tax authorities
within the last three years, we may have information that will be of benefit to you. The Law Offices of David M.
Zeff are co-counsel with Guy Kornblum and Associates in the following cases against insurers and promoters concerning IRC
Section 412 and 419 Tax Shelter Farud Cases:
Johnson, et al., v. Indianapolis Life Insurance Company, et al., Sacramento Superior Court No. 06AS02130.
Arora et al., v. Hartford Insurance Company, et al., Alameda Superior
Court No. RG 06304141.
LLC, et al. v. Amerus, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court No. GC039929.
Appeals, Verdicts & Settlements
Wrongful Death Settlement- $3.0 Million:
Threlfall v. Cherokee Freight Lines, Solano County Sup. Ct. No. FCS 8030274
58 year old husband, father and friend killed by negligent truck driver on California Highway 12.
*See Supporting Case
Documentation #8 below*
Court Judgment After 4 Week Trial: Verdict for Client (Cross-Complainant) for $1,007,508.77:
Judgment included $250,000 in punitive damages
for fraudulent conversion of corporate assets and violation of minority shareholder rights. Prior settlements had included
the recovery of control and ownership of the corporation to innocent shareholders and a six figure recovery from other
Fazio, et al. vs. Johnson, et al.
Sup. Ct. No. RG-06-280041 (2010)
Supporting Case Documentation #7 Below*
Writ Granted by California Supreme Court
Staying Legal Malpractice Action:
Corbalis v. Berliner Cohen
Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case No. #106CV071586
*See Supporting Case Documentation #1
Defense on Appeal of Judgment Voiding Boat-Builder's Lien:
Islander Yachts v. One Freeport 36
(1st Dist., Div. 4) 173 Cal.App.3d 1081, 219 Cal.Rptr. 654
*See Supporting Case Documentation #2
San Francisco Rent Control Verdict
$220,030.48 - Alvarez v. Valdivia
S.F. Superior Court No. 854079
Case Documentation #3 Below*
Defense Jury Verdict for Attorney in
Legal Malpractice Action Concerning Patent:
Fresno Superior Court No. 376670-6
Collection After Bank Levy:
$431,000 + collected
six weeks after service of Complaint
Oakland Fluid Systems
Technologies, Inc. v. Pullbrite, Inc.
Superior Court No. RG 05 203323
Settlement of Literary Agent Malpractice
Action: Amount and Terms Confidential:
Hawaiian Bank as Trustee of the Joseph Campbell Trust v. Russell & Volkening, Inc. & Timothy Seldes
U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of New York,
No. 91 Civ. 1376
San Francisco Rent Control Settlement for
$250,000.00 - Stack v. Atkinson,
S.F. Superior Court No. 607681
Settlement of Legal Malpractice Action:
$411,000.00. Boyer v. Waggoner, et al.
Stanislaus Superior Court No. 90050
Settlement of Copyright Action re:
The Hero's Journey, Mythos I, and Mythos II:
Joseph Campbell Foundation v. Wellspring Media, Inc.
U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal., Case No. C04- 1046 BZ
*See Supporting Case Documentation #4
Settlement of Copyright Action:
Joseph Campbell Foundation v. Janica Fox Anderson, et al.,
U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Cal.,Case No. CIV 97-3017 CRB
of Sukhavati Copyright Action:
Campbell Foundation v. Mystic Fire Video, Inc., et al.
Court of the County of Marin, State of California, Case No. CV 033936
*See Supporting Case Documentation #5
Settlement: Employment Contract of Corporate
Rosanne Esposito v.
*See Supporting Case Documentation #6 Below*
Defense Settlement of Corrosion and Contract
Claims on Lease of 21 Railcars:
U.S.L. Capital v. Envirodyne Corporation
San Francisco Superior Court No. 960114
Attorney Fee Disputes - Arbitrator
and Expert Witness
Former Member, State Bar
Committee on Mandatory Arbitration (Two Terms)
Current Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Committee on Arbitration of Partnership
Dissolutions and Fee Disputes Between Attorneys
1983-1990, Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco, Committee On Arbitration of Fee
Dispute (Exec. Committee: 1990-2013)
l979 to 1983, Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Sub-Committee On Enforcement of Arbitration Awards
Court Appointed Arbitrator: Attorney fee dispute: Wallach v. Baum, San Francisco Superior Court No. 958549.
Bar Association of San Francisco Appointed
Chief Arbitrator: Attorney fee dispute: Raiders v. Alioto & Alioto
Expert Witness: Zinicola v. Payne, Sacramento Superior Court No. 02AS02282
Expert Witness Declaration: Del Carlo v. First Commercial Bank, Santa Clara Superior Court No.