Natalie Rodriguez is a Junior Associate and chairs For Purpose Law Group’s Tax Controversy Practice Area. Ms. Rodriguez graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. After college, she attended the University of San Diego School of Law where she earned both her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation.
While at the University of San Diego, Ms. Rodriguez was involved in the school’s Advocates for Children and Education club, where she organized and staffed various outreach events in the community to further children’s rights and access to education. She was also a member of USD’s Tax Law Society, and was a volunteer tax preparer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Through VITA, Ms. Rodriguez prepared federal and state tax returns for low-income individuals in the San Diego community.
Ms. Rodriguez was inspired to focus her legal studies on the area of tax law after taking Nonprofit Law, a tax class that focused on the strict requirements that must be met in order to achieve and maintain tax-exempt status as a charitable organization. After finishing her Juris Doctor in May 2015, she then earned her Master of Laws in Taxation at the University of San Diego in December 2015.
After graduating from the LL.M. program, Ms. Rodriguez worked in the area of tax controversy at USD’s Federal Tax Clinic. While managing this clinic, she helped hundreds of low-income taxpayers resolve their disputes with the IRS. Ms. Rodriguez saved her clients thousands of dollars by utilizing collection alternatives such as offers in compromise, installment agreements, and penalty abatements. She also represented clients facing audits and audit reconsiderations and saved her clients as much money as possible by negotiating with the IRS on their behalf.
Ms. Rodriguez brings a unique background to her position at the For Purpose Law Group. She utilizes her tax expertise to ensure all her clients structure their businesses, nonprofits, and estates in the most beneficial ways possible, while complying with federal, state, and local laws.
In her free time, Ms. Rodriguez volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society, exercises, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family in beautiful San Diego.
Ms. Rodriguez is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Taxation section, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is certified to practice before the United States Tax Court.