Gregory A. Zbylut

Voted a southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2018, and a Rising Star for five years before that, Greg has over fifteen years of experience as a tax and business attorney. He is one of the fewer than 400 attorneys in California to have passed the specialization exam and met the rigorous requirements to become a Certified Specialist in Taxation. Prior to law school, Greg worked as a CPA and financial analyst.

Greg’s practice encompasses a cornucopia of tax issues, including tax planning, tax controversy, and tax compliance. His clients include entertainment professionals (including actors, musicians, composers, producers, directors, writers and others), corporate executives in a wide swath of industries (including manufacturing, real estate and entertainment), medical professionals, attorneys, and other high net worth/high profile individuals.

Greg has also written extensively on tax, business, and entertainment issues, including as a guest columnist in The Hollywood Reporter, and has been quoted by CNBC and other media and publications. His 2012 white paper on California’s Minimum Tax lead to California’s adoption of a program of administrative dissolution for dormant/inactive companies, and his 2013 white paper on late S-elections helped influence Notice 2013-30, which represented a major change to the process.

Greg was chair of the BHBA Entertainment Section in 2021-2022 and served two terms on the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s (BHBA) Board of Governors. In California, he has chaired the Beverly Hills Bar and Los Angeles County Bar (LACBA) Association’s Taxation Sections, the Corporate and Pass-through Subcommittee of the State Bar of California (now the California Lawyer’s Association) and the LACBA State and Local Tax Subcommittee.  He has also chaired the Illinois State Bar Association’s Federal Taxation Section.

When he’s not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his two and four-legged family members, golfing and volunteering with the Pasadena International Film Festival.

State and Federal Bar Memberships

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of Illinois

Representative Clients

Creatives and entrepreneurs who need:

  • assistance with a tax controversy, audit or any other tax-related matter before any local, state or national taxing authority, such as the City or County of Los Angeles, the California Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, Employment Development Department or the federal Internal Revenue Service
  • assistance with international tax issues, such as minimizing or avoiding double taxation and penalties through use of foreign tax credits and FBAR filings
  • a legal partner that can integrate seamlessly as needed to form and maintain entities for their business and entertainment-related projects; provide advice on routine governance and strategic planning; draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts