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Vanja Habekovic is Of Counsel in the Tax Deparment.

Vanja is the best tax wiz I know.”

— Jennifer Reuting, Founder of Incorp Services and Author of Limited Liability Companies for Dummies

Vanja’s clients rely on her dynamic counsel to establish, grow, maintain and sell their businesses and to navigate the important tax consequences that arise when making deals.  Vanja has a reputation of not only working closely and collaborating with her clients on existing matters, but looks long term to further develop strategies to advance a company’s future endeavors.  She digs deep to understand the business concerns to ensure business and tax counseling is seamless and comprehensive.  Addressing taxation issues as part of a greater business plan helps clients maintain the tax efficiency of organizations and transactional decision. Vanja’s advises clients in a variety of industries including real estate, technology, fashion and restaurant.

She counsels clients on business and tax planning in connection with:

  • Entity formation and choice of entity
  • LLC and partnership agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Executive compensation , including equity and deferred compensation agreements
  • Inbound and outbound foreign investment
  • Pre and post immigration tax planning
  • Tax disputes with the IRS and the FTB
  • Installment agreements, offers in compromise and offshore voluntary disclosures

Prior to joining ECJ, Vanja was a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. She is also a recipient of the Southern California Rising Stars for 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Vanja hones her decision strategy skills at the poker table, and is also competitive pool player.  She is a gourmet chef, classical pianist, and dances tango.


Representative Matters

  • Part of the team that represented Disney in its acquisition of Pixar
  • Represented a closely held company in the sale of its assets to a large waste management company
  • Negotiated stock deal for sale of an oil refinery maintenance company to a public company
  • Overturned a $5.5 million tax assessment by the City of Beverly Hills for a surgery center client
  • Drafted LLC agreements for a Mexican restaurant group in Los Angeles
  • Negotiated tax and executive compensation issues on behalf of a technology company in a tax-free merger
  • Assisted a land developer in saving approximately $11 million in tax expense by converting ordinary income into capital gain and deferring the tax on a condominium building project
  • Structured a gift of appreciated real property to avoid a California property tax reassessment
  • Counseled a foreign citizen on structuring a $25 million real estate investment in the U.S. minimizing his U.S. income and estate tax exposure


  • May 2016 – Foreign Ownership of Residential Real Property, California Association of Realtors – Speaker
  • November 2014 – Equity Compensation in Corporations & Partnerships, Beverly Hills Bar Association – Speaker
  • March 2013 – Tax Advantages of Real Estate Investing, The Smart Real Estate Investor’s Seminar – Panelist




  • J.D., Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Croatian
  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court

Affiliations & Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Real Estate Broker in California, 01860429

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