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HJTA is pleased to announce that legal expert Tony Tanke is the recipient of our 2021 Taxfighter of the Year award. Tony has been a stalwart ally of HJTA for many years, devoting countless hours to representing taxpayers in the courtroom. We’re all fortunate to have Mr. Tanke in our corner in the fight to protect taxpayers in California.

His impressive credentials are far too numerous to list, but here are some highlights of his illustrious career.

Mr. Tanke has practiced civil law in California for more than 30 years and was a staff attorney to Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Malcolm M. Lucas from 1989–1994.

He is a civil appellate specialist who has handled over 250 appeals in areas ranging from business and tax law to civil rights. He has taught commercial law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and law and religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His primary teaching and research interests include civil procedure and practice, torts, commercial and business law and dispute resolution, judicial decision-making, law and religion, and legal history. He is also a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

On behalf of taxpayers, he has successfully sued local governments who abuse taxpayer rights, including an important case against the City of East Palo Alto over the constitutionality of an excise tax.

More recently, Mr. Tanke was the primary sponsor of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation 2021 conference of pro-taxpayer lawyers who practice throughout California. This all-day event brought together some of the best legal minds in the state to strategize and discuss how to advance the interests of taxpayers. We were proud to host this in-person conference and are grateful to Mr. Tanke for making it possible.

Tony Tanke is the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2021 Taxfighter of the Year.