Attorney: Michael Blue

Esq., JD, CPA, LL.M. Tax

Michael Blue2018-05-24T15:46:43+00:00

The Blue Law Group Attorneys

COMMITTED. AGGRESSIVE. RELENTLESS.

Mr. Blue is an aggressive and ardent trial lawyer, with a passion for justice. Mr. Blue represents clients in both civil and criminal matters, winning numerous trials in numerous venues and courts, including administrative, state, and federal courts.

Educational Background

  • New York University School of Law (NYU), Master of Laws, Major: Tax Law
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Major: Law
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with highest honors (summa cum laude), Major: Anthropology
  • The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A., Major: History
  • The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A., Major: Economics

Special Certifications

  • Board Certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Taxation
  • Certified Public Accountant (licensed in the State of Illinois)

Attorney Michael K. Blue is the principal and head of litigation at The Blue Law Group, with its primary offices in Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Mr. Blue represents clients in these cities as well as cities in Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties, and throughout Southern California in taxation, business, civil, employment law, complex family law, and complex criminal defense matters.

With respect to education, Mr. Blue has an almost-unparalleled background that resulted in his receiving five university degrees, all of which were earned from among the nation’s most elite and prestigious universities. Specifically, Mr. Blue holds three Bachelor’s degrees from two of the nation’s top public universities, the University of California, Los Angeles (annually ranked among the top-2 public universities, and ranked the #1 public school in the country in 2018) and the University of Texas at Austin (annually ranked among the top-20 public universities), where he graduated with a perfect grade point average, highest honors, and Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Mr. Blue earned a Doctorate in Law from one of the nation’s top-12 and super-elite law schools at Northwestern University School of Law, and also earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law (NYU), which is in the country’s legal academic stratosphere with its annual ranking among the nation’s top-6 law schools, and without question, the country’s top-ranked and most prominent school for Taxation. Additionally, Mr. Blue is a member of many of the nation’s most prominent academic honor societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the National Scholars Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society—and the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious academic honor society: Phi Beta Kappa.

In the area of Taxation (including Probate and Estate Planning), Mr. Blue possesses enormous almost unequaled credentials, which has afforded an ability to handle and understand the most routine to the most complex and sophisticated matters. Specifically, Mr. Blue holds a license to practice law in all of the state courts of California and the United States (Federal) Tax Court, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the top-school in the country in Taxation (NYU), and is board-certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Taxation. There are perhaps less-than-10 lawyers in the entire State of California who possess (all of) these credentials. With this background, Mr. Blue has been able to defend clients in probate matters, as well as defend clients against numerous different taxing bodies, such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board. Mr. Blue has also been able to defend clients in various venues, including the California Superior Court and the United States Tax Court. In addition, Mr. Blue has had an enormous string of highly successful defenses of clients ranging from a single taxpayers and sole proprietors to multimillion-dollar corporations, affiliated corporations, and countless sibling corporations. In 2017, among many other cases, Mr. Blue settled a case at the IRS Office of Appeals which ended a two-year intensely contested audit of a taxpayer and its spouse, and approximately 15 corporations owned by the taxpayer–resulting in the review and analysis of tens-of-thousands of pages of documents, thousands of pages of bank statements and other financial documents—and the outcome of no additional taxes to be paid.

In Business and Civil Litigation, Mr. Blue has successfully litigated cases involving numerous claims, such as breach of contract and fiduciary duty, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, trade libel, false advertising, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, and violation of civil rights, such as police excessive force, and more. In 2017, among other cases, Mr. Blue won a verdict exceeding $17 million for, among other things, racketeering, breach of fiduciary duty, false advertising, and negligence.

In Criminal Law, Mr. Blue has had substantial and vigorous experience representing numerous individuals accused of (or the threatened accusation of) “white collar” crimes such as fraud, insurance fraud, tax evasion, and embezzlement; as well as non-white-collar crimes such as murder/conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence, drug possession and intent to distribute, rape, battery against a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, grand/petty theft, and much more. In 2017, Mr. Blue, among other cases, successfully defended a client facing conspiracy to commit murder—resulting in the dropping of all charges. In another 2017 case, Mr. Blue defended a mother facing criminal child abuse and the permanent removal of her child from her legal custody. The result was no criminal charges filed and the return of the child despite a medical expert’s trial testimony the child should be permanently removed, the county alleging fear the child would be killed, and medical records showing the child had a subdural hematoma, severe facial swelling and lacerations, and four fractured ribs—all occurring while under the care of the mother.

In the area of Family Law, Mr. Blue has represented numerous clients in complex family law matters that have included virtually every area of family law, including hotly contested matters involving child and spousal support, custody, property division, restraining orders, domestic violence, the sale of the marital home, assets siphoned to support extramarital affairs, setting aside forced signings of marital agreements, complex business valuations and hidden assets, Epstein Credits and Watts Charges, and the like. In 2017, Mr. Blue won numerous hearings involving, among many other cases, domestic violence, child support, spousal support, child custody, the forced sales of marital home, the defense of the attempted sale of the marital home, and the like.

In Employment Law Litigation, Mr. Blue has litigated numerous cases involving countless claims, such as wage, overtime, and rest/meal break dispute, failure to reimburse business expenses, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation based on protected activity, sexual battery, and more. Furthermore, Mr. Blue has also consulted and assisted numerous clients in incorporating their businesses, drafting partnership, shareholder, and buy/sell agreements, and numerous other contracts related to business. In 2017, Mr. Blue settled numerous cases providing substantial dollar amounts to aggrieved clients victimized by labor law violations of their employers, while also establishing numerous corporations, and providing innumerable hours of consultation in connection with organizing and maintaining corporate systems designed to minimize the risk of exposure, legal jeopardy, and vulnerability to lawsuits.

Recent Judgments and Settlements

  • Successfully represented client resulting in the dropping of all charges in connection with the allegation the client was involved in a conspiracy to commit murder (2017);
  • Judgment for over $17 million (later reduced to $3.8 million) against defendants for Fraud, RICO, Professional Negligence, Unfair Competition, and Untrue/Misleading Advertising (2017);
  • Judgment in U.S. Tax Court in favor of taxpayer corporation over a two-year intense audit finding no deficiencies in income tax due, as alleged by the IRS (2017);
  • Judgment in U.S. Tax Court in favor of taxpayer, resulting in a finding that not only was no tax liability due as alleged by the IRS (e.g., “no deficiency in income tax”), but also a finding that a refund was due to the taxpayer by the IRS (2014);
  • Favorable decision to not criminally prosecute and simultaneously favorable judgement ordering the return of a child to its mother (and father) despite facing an intentional child abuse charge, county allegations of fear the child would be killed, and medical records purportedly illustrating a subdural hemorrhage, four fractured ribs, and substantial facial injuries to the six-month old child, all while under the care of the mother. Despite no expert testifying on mother’s behalf (with the expert she tried to retain concluding it was in fact intentional child abuse), mother prevailed on the strength of a devastating cross-examination of the government’s medical child abuse expert. It was later told (though unverified) that no lawyer had won against this type of charge in over a decade, and it was also later learned (and verified) that the county employing the above-mentioned medical expert requested transcripts of the cross-examination to re-evaluate the defects and poor performance by their medical expert (2017);
  • Settlement with two national retail stores for premises liability cases (2017);
  • Settlement at the IRS Office of Appeals, ending a two-year intensely contested audit of a taxpayer and its spouse, and approximately 15 corporations owned by the taxpayer–resulting in no additional taxes to be paid (2017);
  • Settlement with a prominent nationally-renowned university for a case involving gender discrimination (2013);
  • Settlement with a governmental entity for a case involving civil rights (excessive use of force) (2017);
  • Several favorable and substantial settlements involving employment and labor law violations (2017);
  • Successful defense of a man accused of driving under the influence after illustrating the police dash cam video was severely, substantially, and materially inconsistent with the police reports—calling into question police unconstitutional stop of the subject vehicle, and unconstitutional holding of the accused (while also preserving the accused’s legal immigration status) (2017);
  • Successfully sued a county to return the client’s real property after it was taken by that county in a tax sale alleging the client owed property taxes. After filing the lawsuit against the county, the new purchaser of the property in the tax sale, and numerous agents of the county, including two consecutive tax assessors–the new purchaser capitulated and agreed to return the property for a relatively small amount of money–while the county also acquiesced and agreed to pay the client various sums to avoid continued litigation (2017);

Our Practice Areas

Taxation
Criminal Law
Civil Litigation
Family Law
Business Law
Employment/Labor Law
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