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Vanja Habekovic is a Partner in the Business & Corporate and Tax Departments.

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 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
  • Equity and debt financings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Executive compensation, including equity and deferred compensation agreements
  • Inbound and outbound foreign investment, including real property investments
  • Pre and post immigration business and tax planning

Prior to joining ECJ, Vanja was a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. She has been selected for inclusion on Super Lawyers’ Southern California Rising Stars list for 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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

A selection of Vanja’s recent matters includes the following:

  • Advised a beauty product company in connection with its initial round of financing
  • Represented employee in acquisition of stock in cryptocurrency company
  • Serve as outside corporate counsel to major fashion retail company
  • Negotiated stock deal for sale of an oil refinery maintenance company to a public company
  • Structured and negotiated a foreign investor’s acquisition of US real property to minimize income and estate taxes
  • Drafted phantom equity plan for restaurant group
  • Represented a closely held company in the sale of its assets to a large waste management company
  • Negotiated tax and executive compensation issues on behalf of a technology company in a tax-free merger


  • 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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