Michael R. Morris

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Michael R. Morris has blended his tax law expertise with his passion for music and entertainment, resulting in a practice that is unique.

As a former trial lawyer for the IRS and a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law, Michael provides insightful resolutions to his clients’ complicated tax, estate and business transaction issues. In the entertainment industry, Michael has developed a strong reputation of providing valuable and effective business solutions in areas such as copyright and contractual matters.

Although Michael’s core competency is within the tax arena and entertainment, he has developed significant expertise covering a wide range of businesses.  His diverse  client base includes  major studio executives, recording artists (including Grammy winners), production companies, film and TV composers,  talent agencies,  payroll companies,  skin healthcare companies, post production houses, software companies, and an award-winning winery.


  • Tax and Wealth Planning Group
  • Entertainment Group
  • Business and Finance Group


  • Tax Controversy
  • Transactional Matters
  • Estate Planning
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • General Business Law


  • Arizona, 1978
  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1978


  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2006-2023
  • USC Tax Institute - Planning Committee 2022, 2023
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Entertainment Industry Conference - Planning Committee and Speaker, 2023
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Entertainment Industry Conference - Co-chair 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, “L.A.’s Top 100 Lawyers” 2009
  • Past president California Copyright Conference 2005


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, AZ , 1978 – J.D.
    • Honors: With Highest Distinction
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • LR: Arizona Law Review, Case Note Writer, 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1975 – M.A.
    • Honors: MC