Ryan D. Nowicki is an experienced business and tax attorney whose practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning, tax controversies (tax audits, appeals and litigation), business structuring and complex business transactions, and nonprofit tax-exempt organization law. Ryan also serves as outside general counsel to a number of businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles region.
Prior to joining Kopple, Klinger & Elbaz in early 2012, Ryan practiced in the Tax Department of a top Los Angeles based entertainment law firm, and was also a member of the Tax Department at a large international law firm in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., he also served as a Legislation Counsel Extern for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation on Capitol Hill, where he provided tax policy advice to Members of Congress and Congressional committees regarding legislative proposals aimed at protecting charitable organizations. Ryan also served as a Senior Tax Associate in the prestigious Private Client Services practice of a top international accounting firm, where he provided tax consulting services to high-net worth individuals, their closely-held businesses, and large non-profit organizations.
Since the start of his legal career, Ryan has served in government and on the boards of civic and charitable organizations, a tradition of service that continues today.
- Received the prestigious award of being named the City of Hermosa Beach 2017 “Man of the Year” for generously donating his time and resources to making Hermosa Beach a better place through his work with civic and nonprofit organizations in the community
- Hermosa Friends Foundation (Co-founder with his wife – philanthropy organization)
- Leadership Hermosa Beach (former three-term President, Director and Class Facilitator)
- Hermosa Beach Police Department “Community Police Advisory Board” (former Co-Chair along with the Chief of Police)
- Hermosa Beach City School District “Facilities Planning Advisory Committee” (former appointed Member)
- Recent pro bono efforts: forming and obtaining tax exemptions for several non-profit organizations, including the nation’s largest week-long free medical clinic, a local sheriffs’ department fundraising foundation, an environmental research organization, two coastal conservancy organizations, a food distribution organization for the poor, a pet rescue and adoption organization, an emergency communications organization, and an arts education organization.
- Achieved the designation of being an “Accredited Professional” under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Selected as one of only six graduate law students in the U.S. to present at an international tax conference in Paris, France with representatives from several nations of the European Union (2004)
- Member, Appellate Moot Court Board (1999-2000)
- Articles Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (1999-2000)
- Inducted into the Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity, an honor granted only to those who are recognized for maintaining the highest standard of professional ethics