David Lee Rice – Tax Lien & Estate Attorney in Torrance & Rancho Palos Verdes

Tax & Estate Planning Attorney in Torrance, CA

Senior Partner
Location: Torrance, California
Phone: (310) 517-8600
Fax: 310-517-8606
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Mr. Rice has been in private practice since November 1979 as a tax professional. Prior to law school, Mr. Rice worked for the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Rice is the senior and managing partner of the law firm of David Lee Rice, APLC, rated AV by Martindale & Hubbell, and is one of Los Angeles Magazine’s Super Lawyers for 2006-2014. Currently, Mr. Rice is in charge of the Tax Program at Cal Poly Pomona. Mr. Rice has taught on the Masters of Taxation Program at California State University at Northridge and Golden Gate University, as well as many courses at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.

Mr. Rice is a Certified Specialist in Taxation with the State Bar of California and is also a Certified Elder Law Specialist in Elder Law with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Mr. Rice has published numerous articles which have been published in the Tax Developments Journal, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Journal of Taxation, the Estate Planning Journal, Practicing Law Institute, University of Southern California Tax Institute, UCLA Tax Institute, California Tax Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Daily Journal and Tax Notes. He has drafted numerous papers for presentations to the IRS and Treasury concerning substantive changes to the Tax Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder and has testified before the IRS, Department of Treasury, House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Mr. Rice has also lectured before the Internal Revenue Service, USC Tax Institute, Annual UCLA Tax Institute, American Bar Association, Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, HELP, South Bay Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Loyola Law School, California Society of CPAs, Orange County Society of CPAs, Estate Planning Counsels of Los Angeles, South Bay and San Fernando, Dean Whittier, Jewish Federation Council, Anti-Defamation League, Kaiser Permanente, Miller & Company, California State Bar Educational Institute, Annual California State Bar Meetings, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, COSMA, and before various Elder Care Groups sponsored with the Los Angeles County Bar Association in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Former Chair to the Individual and Family Income Tax Section of the American Bar Association, Former Chair of the State Bar Income Tax Committee, Former Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee on Procedure and Litigation, Former Chair of the State Bar Committee on Procedure and Litigation, Former Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization Committee of the State Bar on Taxation, Former Chair of the Tax Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Former Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Tax Section, Planning Committee for the UCLA Tax Institute, Planning Committee for California State University Polytechnic Pomona Tax Institute, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, South Bay Bar Association, South Bay Estate Planning Council, Former Director on the Board of Directors of the Fibromyalgia Treatment Center, the Wellness Center in Redondo Beach, CA, and Former Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the University of West Los Angeles Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • Taxation
  • Elder Care Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Corporate Law and Business Planning

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Taxation, State of CA Board of Legal Specialization
  • Elder Law, National Association of Elder Law Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1980
  • Supreme Court of California, 1979
  • California, 1979


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • L.L.M. in Taxation
    • Honors: Deans List all years
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: Deans List all years
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Published Works

  • Quandary at National Health Company, International Research Journal of Applied Finances, 2013
  • Taxation of Special Needs Trust, CEB- Special Needs Trust, 2013
  • The Kinder and Gentler IRS is Targeting E File Practitioners- Are You Compliance?, CCH Tax Practice & Producer, 2011
  • Elder Law and the Tax Practitioner- How to Navigate the Murky Waters, Tax Development Journal, Volume II, 2011
  • Capital Gains Planning After 2008, USC Tax Institute, 2008
  • Tax Collection Procedures: Money Still Talks, CCH Tax Practice & Producer, 2007
  • The Ethics of Fraudulent Conveyance: What Every Tax Lawyer Must Know, Annual Meeting California Tax Bar and the California Tax Policy Conference, 2006
  • Is it De Jevu All Over Again- The Need for New Legislation, UCLA Annual Tax Controversy Institute, Innocent Spouse: Eight Years Later, 2006
  • Income Tax Consequences for Caregivers, National Academy of Elter Law Attorneys, 2006
  • What Every Practitioner Needs to Know About Fraudulent Conveyance and the Innocent Spouse , USC Tax Institute, 2006


  • Ethical Consideration in Advising Same Sex Couples, American Bar Association
  • Income Tax Planning for Disabled Clients, American Bar Association
  • Tax Consequences of Short Sale and Foreclosures, California Polytechnic University
  • Taxation of Domestic Partnership and Same Sex Couples, California State Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Former Chair of Income and Family Tax Committee
  • State Bar Income Tax Committee, Former Chair
  • Los Angeles County Bar, Former Chair Tax Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Former Chair Tax Section
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • South Bay Estate Planning Council

Ancillary Businesses

  • Professor, Accounting & Business Department: Cal Poly Pomona, CA


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Over 3 Decades of Experience
  • Specialist in taxation through the California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified as a specialist in elder law through the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys