Faculty: Kaelyn Romey

Kaelyn J. Romey

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Litigation Program
San Francisco
Kaelyn Romey

Professor Romey joins the faculty from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. For the past 11 years as Senior Counsel, she specialized in federal tax controversy litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. Professor Romey also counseled special enforcement agents regarding cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and abusive transaction case development. She successfully litigated over 23 cases as lead trial counsel before the United States Tax Court on issues such as fraud, IRC Section 280E, whistleblower actions, taxation of real property, and various complex structured abusive tax transactions. In addition, she handled various matters in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Prior to her career with the federal government, she worked in private practice with several civil litigation firms.

Professor Romey conducted nationwide annual attorney trainings for Chief Counsel in effective cross examination, agent trainings in the western states on the tax effects of I.R.C. Section 280E, is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Delegate, and presents frequently for the private bar.

Throughout her academic and professional careers, she actively led committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations. In 2016, she completed a three year executive committee leadership role with the California State Bar Taxation Section. She was the Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting for the past three years, and chaired the 2016 DC Delegation. She also chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, served on the BASF executive board, spearheaded annual charity and networking events, and volunteered as a high school mock-trial coach. In 2011, Professor Romey was awarded the San Francisco Bar Association "Barrister of the Year Award" for over ten years of dedicated service to the bar.


  • Evidence
  • 1st STEP
  • Evidence in the Courtroom
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Tax Litigation


  • Federal Taxation
  • Litigation
  • 1st STEP Litigation/Evidence Program


  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law
  • LLM in Tax, University of San Diego School of Law


  • Senior Counsel, Small Business Self-Employed, Office of Chief Counsel, San Francisco
  • Adjunct professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, Tax LLM Program
  • IRS Chief Counsel, Cross Examination Instructor Cadre


  • No More Document Dumps or Secret Subpoenas: Amending the U.S. Tax Court Rules to Conform to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Streamlining Pretrial Discovery, __ Bus. Entrepreneurship & Tax L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020).



  • San Francisco Bar Association Barrister of the Year
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Delegate


  • Admitted to Practice Before the State Bar of California & The United States Tax Court
  • California Bar Association, Taxation committee: Executive Board Member, Chair DC Delegation, Speaker Chair Annual Meeting
  • California Bar Association, Young Tax Lawyers: 2nd Vice Chair Executive Board
  • San Francisco Bar Association Barristers, Treasurer & Executive Board Member, Taxation Section Chair