Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Herbert Sturman, Attorney, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal practice.
Mr. Sturman attended Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Law from Columbia Law School in 1961. Thereafter, he pursued his legal career in the Judge Advocate General’s Office of the United States Army. While in the Army he was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1961; subsequently he was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1962. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he became a federal prosecutor in the Office of the United States Attorney in Los Angeles. He served in that capacity for more than two years before going into the private practice of law. He has been involved with three law firms, all located in Los Angeles, over his more than 50-year career in private practice. The first was Sherman & Sturman, where he was one of two equal partners; in 1970 that firm was merged into what later became Fierstein & Sturman with twenty-three lawyers and Mr. Sturman as the senior partner; Fierstein & Sturman was merged into Freeman, Freeman & Smiley in 1998. Mr. Sturman was “of counsel” to the Freeman firm for many years until recently when he determined to become and currently is a sole practitioner.
Mr. Sturman received the esteemed AV Preeminent Rating for Legal Ability and Ethics from Martindale Hubbell in 1975 for his excellence as a legal professional. He has been a Certified Tax Specialist as denominated by the State Bar of California. He has presented numerous lectures for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, and has contributed numerous chapters for books and book reviews for tax publications.
Mr. Sturman is very proud of a personal commendation he received from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and the Department of Justice while he was an Assistant United States Attorney. He was recognized for his work handling cases under Sections 6671 and Section 6672 of the Internal Revenue Code. As a consequence of his efforts, the government success rate in these type cases increased substantially. The amount of additional dollars collected by the government over these fifty plus years is not possible to calculate; however, it is significant based on the fact that the government started winning almost all their cases in this area.
One of the highlights of Mr. Sturman’s career was appearing and arguing before the United States Supreme Court in a case entitled United States v. Janis. While the Supreme Court decision was adverse to his client, the matter was reversed and remanded to the district court, where Mr. Sturman was able to resolve the case and his client’s potential liability for less than 5% of the amount claimed by the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Sturman attributes his success to his hard work, to staying abreast of changes in the law, and to being responsive to and with his clients.
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