Julie Treppa is a versatile, highly experienced practitioner with expertise in a broad range of tax-related issues and controversies involving federal, state and other taxing authorities.

She began her tax career as an IRS auditor in the exam division. Following law school, she has advised clients on an exceptionally broad range of tax-related subjects, including transaction planning, fund formation, equity incentive programs, and deferred compensation matters under Code Section 409A.

Julie is particularly experienced in developing strategies to help investors, developers, businesses, and non-profit organizations use tax incentives and tax credits to achieve financial goals while supporting social, environmental, and other community-based priorities. Two areas in which she has special expertise are New Markets Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones, both of which are designed to induce investments in specified low-income communities. In her practice, Julie has utilized these vehicles for clients on a broad range of projects, ranging from the development of local commercial office buildings and healthcare facilities to a fish processing plant in Alaska and the conservation of a salmon sanctuary in Northern California.

As a practitioner, Julie emphasizes developing a deep understanding of a client’s business, and arriving at tax plans that supports their specific business objectives. Her goal is to develop practical, real-world tax minimization strategies that are both innovative and effective.

Julie is chair of Farella’s Commercial Department.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit/Charity Law and Tax Law (2018-2024)
  • Chambers USA: Cannabis Law - Corporate/Transactional (2020); Cannabis Law - Western United States, Band 2 (2021-2023)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC)
  • San Francisco Area Women Tax Lawyers
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program