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About Me

I have been engaged in private law practice in California since 1982, with an emphasis in the areas of estate and gift planning, tax planning, trust administration, probate, business and succession planning, and charitable giving. I graduated 2nd in my class from Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and received a Master’s Degree in Taxation (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law.


I have been designated as a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law, and as a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I am one of less than approximately 100 attorneys in California (out of approximately 160,000) who have earned both these Board Certifications.


Among my specialty is the ability to explain sophisticated and difficult concepts to clients in an easy-to-understand way, allowing clients to comprehend how various estate and tax planning techniques will affect their estate plans.


I have been quoted and referenced in many magazines and newspapers across the country including Forbes Magazine, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine.


I have authored over 65 articles and chapters in books on various estate and tax planning subjects, including booklets on A Guide to Planning Your Estate, A Guide to Trust Administration, and A Guide to Advanced Estate Tax Planning Techniques. I have published articles and materials for Estate Planning Magazine and California Continuing Education of the Bar. In addition, I have authored chapters on “Corporate Buy-Sell Agreements” and “Partnership Buy-Out Agreements” for Counseling California Corporations, published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar.


I am a frequent speaker and lecturer at estate and tax planning conferences and seminars, including those presented by the California State Bar, California Continuing Education of the Bar, California CPA Education Foundation, Society of Financial Service Professionals, Life Insurance Leaders’ Round Table, and various other professional organizations. I taught at UCLA, USC and California Lutheran University.


In addition to being chosen by my peers as a Top 100 Super Lawyer for Southern California since 2011, I have been selected by my peers as a Super Lawyer for Southern California since 2009.  I have been awarded the highest possible rating by my peers, an “A.V.” rating, for the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This rating is based on ethical considerations and legal skills. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. I have been elected to Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Presidential Who’s Who and Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World.


I enjoy competing in marathons and triathlons and have completed 13 marathons, including the Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Surf City and Silicon Valley marathons. I completed two Ironman triathlons, which consist of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, and other triathlons, including the California Half Ironman, Big Kahuna Triathlon, Carlsbad Triathlon, the 5430 Triathlon (in Boulder, Colorado) and the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.


I co-founded Team Tisser Foundation (TTF), a non-profit corporation, which raises money for charitable causes. I raise money through athletic training and racing. Through TTF, I have raised over $250,000 in donations for various charities, including the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research at Memoria lSloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Challenged Athletes Foundation. For more information on TTF, see


One of my proudest moments was at the 2007 Ironman Coeur d’Alene when I was honored by the Janus Charity Challenge for raising over $41,000 for TTF by competing in that race.



Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
    33 years
  2. Tax: 25%
    33 years



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Contact Info

Tisser & Standing LLP

5425 Farralone Ave
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Valley's Trusted AdvisorSan Fernando Valley Business Journal2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerTisser Law Group, LLP1982 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationAttorney Member1987 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1981 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Ventura Blvd MagazineTrusted Advisor Profiles 20132013
ALI-ABA's The Practical LawyerUsing Disclaimers in Post-Death Estate Planning2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationMA - Masters1982
Southwestern Univ SOLN/ALaw1981
Univ of California at Los AngelesN/AundergraduateN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
5th Annual State of Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning2013
4th Annual State of Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning2013
West San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena) Discussion Group, LA Chapter, California Society of CPAsSelected Estate Planning Issues2012
3rd Annual State of Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning2012
2nd Annual State of Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning2011
1st Annual State of Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning2010