Santa Barbara Attorney Sanford Horowitz 

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Phone: (805) 452-7214
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Sanford Horowitz is an extremely skilled trial attorney who zealously defends his clients to protect their legal rights and bring them peace of mind. Sanford started here in Santa Barbara County as a Prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

Sanford prosecutes misdemeanor and general felony criminal offenses, areas in which he has gained significant jury trial experience. While serving in the Santa Barbara Office, Sanford was promoted to manage the Domestic Violence unit, where he gained substantial jury trial experience in felony domestic violence, assault and battery, residential burglary, vandalism, witness dissuasion, and more.

Sanford also gained invaluable jury trial experience during his time with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Sanford has spoken throughout Santa Barbara County at numerous school events and public informational sessions on the importance of internet safety, the dangers of cyberbullying and cyberstalking, as well as what constitutes a hate crime and the effects of these crimes.

Prior to his service as a prosecutor, Sanford was a Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service in San Diego. He investigated criminal violations of federal law including tax evasion, tax fraud, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. He worked in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies focusing on narcotics trafficking, alien smuggling, public corruption, and money laundering.

Sanford earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Cal State Long Beach. Sanford then went on to attend the University of San Diego School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree along with a graduate law degree (LLM) in Taxation. During his law school career, Sanford clerked for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where he researched legal issues and prepared civil tax court cases for litigation in U.S. Tax Court. Sanford also worked as a student attorney in the Tax Clinic, where he represented low-income taxpayers before the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court.

Sanford participated in the Washington D.C. Delegation with the California State Bar Tax Section. He presented a proposal on Reform to Innocent Spouse Relief to the U.S. Treasury Department, IRS, and Congressional subcommittee staff members. Sanford’s proposal was published in Tax Notes Today, a leading journal among tax practitioners. ”Tax Court Jurisdiction and Equitable Relief under Sections 6015(f) and 66(c),” Tax Notes Today (2003 TNT 94-129), May 2003.

Sanford is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. He teaches Federal Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture. He has also been a guest lecturer in Criminal Tax Fraud and Criminal Tax Procedure.

Sanford defends his clients in federal and state tax audits, civil tax litigation and criminal tax evasion, tax fraud and other white collar investigations, as well as clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. Sanford brings extensive jury trial and courtroom experience to leverage successful results for his clients. He is an active member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Tax Court.


  • Criminal Defense

  • Civil Tax Litigation

  • Criminal Tax Litigation

  • Family Law


“Tax Court Jurisdiction and Equitable Relief under Sections 6015(f) and 66(c),” Tax Notes Today (2003 TNT 94-129), May 2003