Mike E. Lezhnev | Principal

Mikhail E. Lezhnev (Mike) is a New York City based attorney and CPA who is the founder and principal of Lezhnev Law, PLLC. He focuses on Federal and state tax audits as well as transactional tax planning, corporate law and business agreements.

Mr. Lezhnev has served as general counsel to a telecommunications company as well as to an IPTV company for over three years. Prior to that, he practiced tax and trust/estate law at two New York law firms. In these capacities and his current practice, he has worked on matters involving very-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, privately held businesses, asset protection, and tax controversy. His transactional tax matters have included liquidations, corporate contributions and distributions as well as stock and asset acquisitions. He has also represented and counseled clients in income/estate tax audits and voluntary disclosures of non-compliant foreign assets before the IRS, state tax departments, and the IRS Appeals Office. His other matters have involved compensation tax planning, international asset tax compliance, and tax basis planning as well as corporate and partnership formation and organization.

Mr. Lezhnev completed a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree program during which he gained experience with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, and Gucci Group’s International Tax Counsel. Following the JD/MBA program, Mr. Lezhnev completed a fellowship with the Property Tax Certiorari Bureau at the Nassau County Attorney’s Office.

Thereafter, he entered full-time private practice and completed an advanced law degree–LLM with a specialty in Tax Law.

Mike is an avid investor, a lifelong New Yorker, loves to cook, and is fluent in Russian.

Admissions and Licenses:

  • New York State Bar, Supreme Court Second Judicial Department
  • New York State, Certified Public Accountant
  • US Tax Court
  • US Federal District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • LLM in Tax Law, Boston University School of Law
  • JD/MBA, Brooklyn Law School
  • JD/MBA, Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business
  • BA, cum laude, College of Staten Island


  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State CPA Society