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"I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." Abraham Lincoln


When I sat in orientation for my first year in law school, two points resonated with me then as they do today.  The first point the professor alerted us to was that the law is a "jealous mistress."  What he was saying in an offbeat way is that a true lawyer is so dedicated to what he or she does that the law becomes consuming; sometimes to the point where the line between one's personal and professional lives becomes blurred.  This happens because a true lawyer loves the law; much as a man loves a woman...passionately.  The second point that the professor made is that there are in fact other legal systems in the world today.  Ours, the American legal system, is but one of the many that exist throughout the world.  That statement by the professor, who died a few years after my orientation, has proved prophetic during the nearly 20 years I have enjoyed the privilege of practicing law.  We have seen the world become an increasingly smaller place.  We speak of the global marketplace in business.  And in law, as in many other areas of our lives, what is law in one part of the world, affects what we perceive as law in ours.  That is why this quote by Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President of these United States, is so profound:

 "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."

I too stand by the light I have and she is indeed a "jealous mistress." 


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  1. Business: 25%
    39 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    27 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    27 years
  4. Tax: 25%
    34 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes), Pro bono (2%)

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Abacus Law Group

1055 E. Colorado Blvd.
5th Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91106-2371


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney CPAAbacus Law Group1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember-Probate & Property Section2007 - 2008
State Bar of CaliforniaMember-Taxation, Estate & Business Law Sections2007 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Hollywood WeeklyIntegrated Estate Planning2008
In FocusGet Ready to File Your Taxes2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2002
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
California State University, Los AngelesFinance/AccountingMBA1981
California State University, Los AngelesBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Financial Statement AnalysisUnderstanding and interpreting financial statements2008