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My firm specializes in estate planning and tax law. Because these areas of the law deal with sensitive subjects, my goal is provide peace of mind.  In my practice I strive to help people manage difficult situations so that they end up in a safer and more secure place.


I started practicing law in 2007 in Philadelphia.  I started out as a business litigator. While I had some great experiences, I quickly decided that I would rather use my legal skills to help build people up.  As I obtained more and more real world litigation experience, I grew tired of using my skills to beat people up and create inefficient results.  Too often clients and other attorneys waste time and effort yelling at each other and not creating anything of value.  If you win a case but the attorney’s fees exceed the award, what good have you done?  I did not want to waste my clients’ money yelling at other attorneys, so


I determined to change my practice as I moved to beautiful Berkeley, CA.


My family guided me in my new path.  As my wife and I moved to the Bay Area, my father suffered a series of strokes which left him seriously incapacitated.  I saw first hand how difficult end of life decisions can be.  I also saw how precious trustworthy and helpful guidance could be.  As a result, I focused my studies on tax law with an emphasis on estate planning.  I earned an LLM, a master’s degree in tax law, from Golden Gate University with honors.


I received my JD in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis and B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.  I have also clerked for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice in San Francisco. I am proud to offer my services from the Law Office of Matthew Bruns.  I want to help you find safety and security in dealing with difficult decisions.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Tax: 40%
  3. Business: 20%

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Contact info

Law Office of Matthew Bruns

2081 Center Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704


PAAdministrative Suspension200710/04/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Matthew Bruns2009 - Present
ClerkUS Department of Justice - Tax Division2012 - 2012
AssociateLaw Office of Michael LiPuma2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
East Bay Trusts and Estates LawyersN/A2012 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLLM2012
Washington University in St. Louis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of PennsylvaniaClassical StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cal CPA LunchIncreasing Importance of Forensic Accounting & the New Legal Standards for Expert Testimony2013