About Optima Tax Relief

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The Optima Tax relief team has had one vision since inception – to help Americans nationwide deal with the aggressive collection policies of the State/IRS tax agencies.

As we know, tax issues can create great stress, depression, and anxiety. It can seem overwhelming when an individual tries to take on these collection agencies by themselves while being at risk of garnishments or property seizures. Optima Tax Relief puts its experience to work, understands how to deal with these issues, and takes the burden away from you.

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Who is Optima Tax Relief?

Our Company Mission
Quite simply…Our goal is to obtain the best possible result with your specific tax situation and allowing you to put this issue behind you.
Our History
The founders of Optima Tax Relief first met over 12 years ago while at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. It is there that they quickly realized the overwhelming burden that unmanageable tax liabilities can place on Americans from every walk of life.
How Tax Relief Works
There are numerous ways to obtain “Tax Relief”. Our knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced Tax Team at Optima will discuss your case, analyze the results and propose the best course of action. If you have a pending Tax collection or Seizure, we can help immediately! If we need to investigate further, we will do so. If you can do this on your own, we will tell you. Our ultimate goal is to bring you within compliance, protect you from collection, and create a solution that works for YOU.
Our Promise
We stand behind our work and as a guarantee, Optima Tax Relief will refund monies paid under the OTR Client Agreement within the first 15 calendar days without any penalty or obligation*.

Our Core Competencies

    • Tax Negotiation & Settlement
    • IRS Audit Defense
    • Tax Levies & Liens
    • Wage Garnishment
    • Back Taxes
    • End Penalties & Interest

Meet Some of Our Legal Team & Tax Professionals

Kristen Bemis
Kristen BemisGeneral Counsel
Kristen Bemis has 10 years of legal experience advising both public and financial companies regarding regulatory and compliance issues. She helps to make sure Optima adheres to the highest standards and maintains best practices within the industry. She is a licensed attorney in both the states of California and Nevada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Justin Clement
Justin ClementLead Tax Attorney
Justin Clement leads the legal team at Optima Tax Relief. He enjoys collaborating and strategizing with other professionals to ensure Optima clients receive competent and beneficial representation. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a LL.M. degree in Taxation from University of San Diego School of Law. Justin is admitted to practice law before the United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the State of California.
Steven Yonan
Steven YonanTax Attorney
Steven Yonan brings to Optima his passion for the law and his desire to help others. He has completed post-graduate studies in taxation law at the University of San Diego School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program. Mr. Yonan is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Section), and the State Bar of California (Tax Section). He is admitted to practice law before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and the Supreme Court of the State of California.
Jenny Wei
Jenny WeiTax Attorney
Jenny is passionate about helping businesses and individuals resolve their tax issues. She has a history of helping families in need with volunteer programs. She participated in the Low Income Tax Clinic and was an auditor for the State of California. Jenny takes pride in defending taxpayer rights. She holds a degree in Accounting, Business Administration, and in Psychology. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
Tadeh Akopian
Tadeh AkopianTax Attorney
Tadeh Akopian brings his courtroom experience to Optima and has a passion for zealously advocating for his clients’ interests. Tadeh earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from California State University, Northridge. Tadeh is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Supreme Court of the State of California.
Brady Hampton
Brady HamptonEnrolled Agent
Brady Hampton, has a wide range of experience helping both individual and business taxpayers. He is knowledgeable in tax preparation, tax planning, and tax resolution matters. Brady holds an enrolled agent, series 7, and life insurance licenses. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Finance. Brady takes pride on helping people get back on track to financial freedom.
Tan Le
Tan LeEnrolled Agent
Tan graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a major in Accounting. He’s been working as an accountant and tax preparer ever since. Tan’s main area of expertise is in audit representation. His tax preparation expertise spans from individual to corporate taxes.
Alina Yuryeva
Alina YuryevaEnrolled Agent
Alina is an enrolled agent with over 4 years of tax accounting experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Entrepreneurship, and International Economics. Alina is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Taxation from California State University, Fullerton.

Meet Our Management Team

Harry Langenberg

Harry LangenbergCo-founder, Managing Partner

Harry Langenberg, has over 10 years of financial services experience, including investment banking for technology-based firms at Merrill Lynch & Co. in San Francisco, CA. He is a graduate of both the Wharton Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jesse Stockwell

Jesse StockwellCo-founder, Managing Partner

Jesse has spent most of his career in consumer finance where he’s founded multiple successful firms that help individuals in need of financial guidance. Jesse helps to set Optima’s long-term strategy and makes sure we get our much needed message out to consumers. He’s a graduate of the Wharton Business School.
David King
David KingPresident
David brings with him 12 years of experience in growing and running financial services firms. With an emphasis on Customer Service, he has helped to facilitate the “Client Comes First” approach at Optima Tax Relief. Prior to joining Optima, David held a leadership role at Secured Funding where he pioneered many of their best practices for sales management in the mortgage industry.
Kevin Giordano
Kevin GiordanoVP, Servicing
Kevin Giordano leads servicing operations at Optima Tax Relief. Kevin has 10 years of experience developing financial service firms. He is dedicated to and passionate about helping Tax Payers solve their issues.
Christine Bui
Christine BuiVP, Finance
Christine Bui leads the payments department at Optima Tax Relief where crunching numbers is her passion. She brings 10 years of financial services experience and was an Escrow Manager prior to joining the Optima Team. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration emphasizing in Management Information Systems.
Miron Lulic
Miron LulicVP, Digital
Miron brings a decade of technological innovation experience to the Optima team where he has lead digital strategy since the firm’s inception. Prior to joining Optima, Miron held a technology leadership role at Specific Media / Myspace. Miron graduated with honors from University of Toronto.
Jarrod Bassin
Jarrod BassinVP, Operations
Jarrod’s career spans nearly 17 years in consumer and real estate finance. Focused on optimizing the delivery of our services, he works toward the continued advancement of our systems and processes to ensure the best possible customer experience.
Dale Doty
Dale DotyDirector, Enrollment
Dale Doty has over 15 yrs experience in financial services. At Optima, Dale oversees all client enrollments. He brings a positive approach to every situation, is a problem solver, and loves seeing our clients overcome the seemingly impossible.
Raymond Dinnen
Raymond DinnenDirector, Resolutions
An original member of the Optima Tax Relief team, Raymond has over 10 years experience with financial services. Responsible for training agents to present every detail of resolution services, Raymond takes great personal pride in Optima’s ability to solve tax payers issues.

 

Alex Edens
Alex EdensDirector, Customer Service
Alex has been in the financial services industry since 1998 and has been a proud member of the Optima family since inception. Having held titles as a loan collector, bank officer, finance consultant and later progressing to management positions in the finance industry, Alex has had the opportunity to work with clients facing a variety of financial challenges.
Art Fedich
Art FedichDirector, Marketing
Art brings 15+ years of internet marketing experience in SEO, SEM, content, affiliate, social media, and email marketing to the Optima team. He works closely with the Managing Partners as well as the senior management in all departments to ensure Optima’s “Client Comes First” approach is paramount in all marketing initiatives.
Sarah Macapobre
Sarah MacapobreInvestigations Manager
Sarah has been a part of the Optima team since its humble beginnings and now manages the Investigations Team. She has 9 years of Customer Service experience and over 5 years experience in the tax & accounting industry. Sarah is a Licensed Tax Preparer and currently pursuing the SEE to become an Enrolled Agent. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering.
Lauren Asuncion
Lauren AsuncionResolutions Manager
Lauren is exceedingly passionate in assisting others, alongside providing her clients with utmost reassurance and fulfillment of relief. She has been with the company and in the tax industry for 3 years now and has 7 years of Customer Service background. She has held prior experience in case management role and previous title in banking.
Charles Hughes
Charles HughesManager, Training & Quality Assurance
Having traveled the country training Optima’s business affiliates on our tax resolution services, Charles had the unique opportunity to receive face to face feedback from people about their fears and concerns regarding their financial troubles. He brings this experience back to the office when working to ensure our clients are treated in best possible fashion.
William Scholz
William ScholzManager, Executive Relations
William has worked in Customer Relations for the last 8+ years. He has worked in the Customer Service industry going on 11 years now. William has worked primarily in the financial industry prior to joining the Optima team. He brings a high level of positive energy to the team that coincides with his work ethic. His Customer comes first approach is a valuable asset to the Optima Way.
Tim Lin
Tim LinTechnical Project Manager
Tim studied Finance before joining Optima as a Technical Project Manager. He likes his tea like he likes his version control: strong, a little sugar. Tim is a self-taught software developer. Luckily for us, he stumbled upon Optima after a brief plunge into 3D Printing.
Sonia Duenas
Sonia DuenasHuman Resources Manager
Sonia leads human resources at Optima. She has had extensive training in human resources and has been awarded certificates of completion for courses taken specific to the successful implementation of human resources policies and procedures.
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