Ken Barish


Ken Barish has concentrated his practice in the field of civil and criminal tax litigation and controversy matters. His representation of tax clients is extensive and varied at all levels. He has tried a number of high publicity civil and criminal tax matters in the federal and state courts. This includes representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, California Franchise Tax Board, California Employment Development Department and California State Board of Equalization. His clients have included high profile individuals in the entertainment, sports, and business worlds. 

He gained his original expertise as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Criminal Section and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, Tax Division. He also has more than 35 years of experience representing private clients in tax controversy matters.  Ken was until recently a principal in the internationally recognized tax controversy law firm of Kajan Mather and Barish.


Ken is the author of the "Criminal Tax Investigation" portion of the Tax Practice in California book published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar. His numerous articles have been published in various periodicals, including the American Bar Association Journal and the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure. He has also been quoted in many articles involving civil and criminal tax litigation matters.


Ken is a yearly lecturer at the prestigious UCLA Tax Controversy Institute and he frequently lectures on behalf of the California Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation and the California CPA Society on a variety of tax controversy subjects.

Academic Background

Ken received his LLM in taxation from New York University. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law in its Graduate Tax Program and has been an instructor at UCLA.