Mr. Tajima is an associate with Crockett & Associates. He concentrates in tax, eminent domain, real estate and business law. Prior to joining Crockett & Associates, Mr. Tajima was an associate with a prominent Honolulu law firm where he achieved a trial victory against the IRS before the United States Tax Court (T.C. Memo 2015-91), litigated state tax assessments against a Fortune 500 REIT and advised on a $30 million sale and 1031 exchange of condominium interests.
Mr. Tajima earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and was elected undergraduate student body vice president. He obtained a juris doctor from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) where he was on the dean’s list and achieved first honors awards in ethical lawyering and income taxation course work. Thereafter, he graduated, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center with a master of laws in taxation and a certificate in employee benefits law.
Mr. Tajima is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in California, Hawaii and the District of Columbia (inactive) as well as before the United States Tax Court and the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. He is a member of the Japanese American Bar Association.
He worked with the State of Hawaii Attorney’s Office with a successful death penalty prosecution of a serial rapist and murderer. Mr. Tajima also served as an intern for Judge David Laro of the United States Tax Court and for the Internal Revenue Service. Before starting his legal studies, Mr. Tajima was an associate with an international consulting firm advising publicly traded corporations on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.