Trevor Darling grew up in a small town right outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Once out of high school, Trevor studied biomedical engineering at Marquette University in Wisconsin. After studying engineering for a couple of years, he realized his passion lay elsewhere and expanded his horizons, earning a degree in economics, political science, and Spanish language and literature.
Trevor earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2007. Along with the degree, many honors were bestowed upon him including Dean’s List; Alpha Sigma Nu, The National Jesuit Honor Society; Voluntario Escuela Marvarillas (immigrant student tutoring); College of Arts and Sciences Superior Academic Achievement Honoree; Student Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social and Arts Programming.
He was then accepted at the University of Oregon School of Law where he finished his Juris Doctor in 2010. Graduating from law school, Trevor was originally leaning toward criminal law where he could experience the excitement of being in court. During law school, he clerked at the district attorney’s office because they allowed him to try cases. Darling tried nine cases during the summer before and into his third year of law school.
Building upon his early trial experience, Trevor applied his background in engineering and ability to understand complex math, realizing tax law was a natural fit for his skill set. Following his graduation, he joined the tax firm TTR, Inc. (now Avalara Tax Research), where he worked for three years before moving to Los Angeles to join Ernst & Young.
Following his time at TTR, Trevor worked as the Senior Manager of Global Indirect and State Tax for Ernst & Young. During his ten years at the organization, he consulted and represented companies and individuals both nationally and internationally to provide accurate, dependable, efficient assistance on all matters of indirect tax. He was involved in tax planning and corporate restructuring, administrative tax appeals and controversy, reverse audit management, tax due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions, written tax advice and tax liability mitigation for individuals, as well as domestic and international companies.
Working with large and complex clients gave Trevor a tremendous amount of experience in navigating the nuances of tax strategy for major corporate transactions. As a member of the Brotman Law team, Trevor brings this extensive knowledge to the table in matters daily, while having the opportunity to invest time in building relationships with each of his clients. As the firm continues to grow, he is focused on more directly helping people and business owners seeking legal help with their taxes in addition to coaching and mentoring others in this personal approach to tax law.
Trevor has professional membership in both the California State Bar Association, and Oregon State Bar Association, as well as the Tax Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
When asked what he enjoys most about being a tax attorney, Trevor said “I like to help people that don’t otherwise know what to do, people who are in some kind of financial duress.”
Outside of family time spent with his wife Maryam and their two children, Darling’s free hours are spent playing soccer and being outdoors. “I’ve been playing since I was about 4. I can’t carry my cell phone around with me when I play, so it’s a great way to just release and escape all the noise in my head for a bit.”