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  1. Tax: 80%
    44 years, 500 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    34 years, 50 cases
  3. Partnership: 4%
    36 years, 30 cases
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 3%
    36 years, 60 cases
  5. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 3%
    26 years, 20 cases

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  • Barbara Ann Difranza

    I've worked with Donald Read for close to 25 years. My clients and I have always been pleased and completely satisfied with the speed and quality of his services. Don is preeminent in the field of taxation as it relates to family law, having been instrumental, through his ABA committee work, in obtaining spouse-friendly family law tax legislation and regulations. Don is especially expert in dealing with stock options and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans in the divorce context.


    Barbara Difranza Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

982 Santa Barbara Rd
Berkeley, CA, 94707-2454

Lakin Spears LLP

Embarcadero Place 2400 Geng Road
Palo Alto, CA, 94303

Severson & Werson

One Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA, 94111



NYCurrently registered 197203/13/2015
HIInactive - Voluntary197611/05/2015
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperLawyer - Northern CaliforniaLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Certified Specialist -- Taxation LawState Bar of California1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Tax CounselSeverson & Werson1995 - Present
Tax CounselLakin-Spears, LLP1987 - Present
PartnerFlynn, Steinberg, Dick & Lee1985 - 1986
Partner -- Chair, Tax DepartmentLuce Forward Hamilton & Scripps1980 - 1985
PartnerHoddick, Reinwald, O'Connor & Marrack1976 - 1980
Attorney-Advisor, Office of Tax Legislative CounselUnited States Treasury Department1974 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair -- Taxation Committee2007 - Present
East Bay Tax ClubPresident2007 - Present
American Bar Association - Taxation SectionVice-Chair -- Domestic Relations Committee2000 - 2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws1972
Columbia University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1968