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About Me

Born in Santa Barbara, California.  Law and Society BA degree from University of California Santa Barbara. Moved to Colorado in 1997.  Attended Univerisity of Denver College of Law and obtained Juris Doctorate degree in 2000.  Licensed by Colorado State Bar in 2000.  Joined law firm of Katz, Look & Moison, P.C. in Denver, Colorado.  Practice areas included estate planning, probate, trust administration, and litigation.  Took and passed California State Bar February 2006.  Returned to Santa Barbara in 2006 and joined law firm of Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP.  Have been partner since January 2008. My practice focuses on moderate to complex estate planning, tax matters, probate and trust administration and trust and estate litigation matters.  I also have experience in business matters and marital agreements.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 15%
  2. Trusts: 15%
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 15%
  4. Estate Planning: 15%
  5. Other: 40%
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Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Tyrone Jay Maho

    David Tappeiner is a skilled attorney who works hard for his clients and represents them well. I endorse and highly recommend Mr. Tappeiner and his law firm.


    Tyrone Maho Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James P. Frederick

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tappeiner and I practice in many of the same areas of law, so I have had an opportunity to review many of his answers. I find his answers to be legally insightful and to offer practical and helpful information. I am happy to endorse him and his services. James Frederick


    James Frederick Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP

222 East Carrillo Street Suite 400
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

222 East Carrillo Street, Ste 400
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney LLP2005 - Present
AttorneyKatz, Look & Moison, P.C.2000 - 2006
Law ClerkKatz, Look & Moison, PC1999 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Provisor'sMember2012 - Present
Santa Barbara Estate Planning CouncilMember2010 - Present
Villa San Marcos Homeowners Assoc.President2009 - 2011
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2006 - Present
LifestyledesignsVice President2006 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationN/A2000 - 2006
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarThe Probate Process from Start to Finish2001
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver College of LawLawJuris Doctorate2000
University of California - Santa BarbaraLaw and SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997