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John C Demas

Estate planning Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 21 years
    California - CA 24 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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John C. Demas is thrilled to bring his client comprehensive estate planning services into the community.  He brings a unique mix of legal, tax, real estate, accounting, title insurance, hotel management and business consulting experience into his practice where he is able to understand the business decisions real estate owners need to make when considering their estate planning.

Additionally, Professor Demas has over a decade worth of teaching experience at the University of San Diego.  His course offerings span from undergraduate Real Estate Law to Federal Tax Research for Masters students, where he consistently makes complicated concepts easy to understand.

John is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado, and is licensed before the United States Supreme Court, the US Court of Federal Claims, the United States Tax Court, the 9th, 10th and Federal Circuits, as well as all Federal District Courts in California and Colorado.

John's research focuses on matters affecting Wills and Trusts.  He is particularly interested in issues affecting estate planning for real estate owners, title insurance matters, sustainability, pedagogy, tax and strategic leadership.

Mr. Demas is a Professor and Fellow of Telluride Leadership Institute LLC, is a California licensed real estate broker, holds a LEED AP BD+C Certification with the US Green Building Council, and acts as a member of the Board of Directors and Strategic Advisor to select privately held organizations.

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Location

The Demas Law Firm
3838 Camino del Rio North #108
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Posted by Lori | March 10, 2015
Excellent Advice
I had a tax situation that Mr. Demas helped me resolve with his excellent advice. I appreciated his willingness to listen and not judge. He provided prompt and courteous responses to my questions. Though in hindsight some of the questions were a bit simplistic, he was always respectful. He explained all of my tax matters in a manner that was easy to understand and he guided me to a quick but proper resolution. I am now looking to re-do my estate and trust plans. I will look to John for advice and guidance in doing so and strongly recommend him to friends colleagues and if presented to strangers.
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Posted by Chris | February 10, 2015
One stop shop!
John's extensive experience in both real estate and estate planning gives him the ability to address complex client needs. John's firm has served me both personally and professionally and I could not ask for a better legal guide. I highly recommend John for all of your estate planning needs.
Posted by Richard | January 7, 2015
Excellent Attorney and Professor!
John is an outstanding Professor and Attorney. I have worked with John at the University of San Diego. I have found that he puts his students and clients first. He is the "go-to" person if you have legal questions concerning real estate, probate and trusts. He has my highest recommendation.

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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Demas Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Avanti Development Partners
  • 2014 - Present
  • Board of Directors Member
  • Panorama MedWriters Group, Inc.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Clinical Professor
  • University of San Diego
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Galuppo & Blake
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • The Zapor Law Firm
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Commercial Escrow Officer
  • Chicago Title Company
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Academic Achievement Program Tutor
  • University of Denver
  • 1995 - 1998
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Education

  • University of San Diego
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2013
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • New Mexico State University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1994
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michael Kirk Trustee of the Via Marta Trust vs. Stockton
  • Court accepted expert testimony
  • GMAC Mortgage v. Bank of America et. al
  • Case settled out of court
  • Schmidt vs. Sardo et. al.
  • Case settled out of court

Associations

  • Telluride Leadership Institute
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Apartment Owners Association of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Presenter
  • 1998 - Present
  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • Associate Barrister
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Partnership Tax
  • Univeristy of San Diego
  • 2011
  • Academic Excellence - Securities Regulation
  • University of Denver College of Law
  • 1997

Publications

  • California Real Property Journal
  • Revisions to California Mechanic's Lien Law and Developments in the Treatment of Mechanic's Law Bankruptcy: An Update
  • N/A
  • Journal of Instructional Pedagogies
  • Discipline Based Instruction in Business Law
  • N/A
  • Journal on Banking Financial Services & Insurance Research
  • An Examination of the Wealth Effect of REIT Shares due to the Introduction of Sarbanes Oxley Act: An Event Study Approach
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Wills & Trusts Workshops
  • Tax Implications of Joint Tenancy - Legally Avoiding Income Tax
  • 2015
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Title Insurance In Changing Economic Times: Recent Developments In Underwriting and Claims
  • 2015
  • Wills & Trusts Workshops
  • Revocable Living Trusts to Avoid Probate
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts
  • 2014
  • Federal Tax Research
  • Researching Gift & Estate Tax Quandries
  • 2014
  • Wills & Trusts Workshops
  • Pitfalls of Failing to Plan Your Estate
  • 2013
  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Income, Estate & Gift Tax
  • 2013
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Vesting - How to Hold Title to Your Real Estate
  • 2013
  • Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Convention
  • Discipline Based Instruction in Business Law
  • 2012
  • State Bar of California Real Property Annual Convention
  • Revisions to California Mechanic's Lien Law and Developments in the Treatment of Mechanic's Liens in Bankruptcy: An Update
  • 2011
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Revisions to California Mechanic's Lien Law and Developments in the Treatment of Mechanic's Liens in Bankruptcy: An Update
  • 2011
  • Seminar
  • Estate Planning for Real Estate Investors
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute
  • Resolving Real Estate Title Defects
  • 2007
  • 1031 Exchange Seminar
  • Real Property 1031 Exchanges - Growing Your Wealth Tax Deferred
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a superb attorney and has extensive experience in estate planning and real estate matters. He has mentored countless students at the University of San Diego."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with John on a client matter. I have been extremely impressed not only on his technical skills but also his excellent communications skills with his clients. He has impressive credentials as a professor at UC San Diego. He has his LLM which is very important with the multitude of tax issues associated with estate planning. I highly endorse Jon Demas."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great professional. He is easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. If I were looking for a great estate planning attorney in San Diego, I would see him. He has his client's interest in mind."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known John for almost 20 years. He is an extremely knowledgeable and thorough lawyer, taking time to examine the estate and making recommendations in the best interests of the client. The clients who worked with John were impressed with him as a person and as a lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Demas is an outstanding estate planning attorney. He is an exceptional resource to clients and fellow counsel alike bringing his years of experience in estate planning, real estate law, an LLM in tax law, and his skills as a professor to bear on all of his professional relationships. He is an asset to estate planning and to the southern California legal market."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has a broad and thoughtful knowledge of real estate and title law. I have practiced as a real estate attorney for 37 years, and still am able to learn from John. He is a true expert."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a credit to estate planning in San Diego. He is thorough and knowledgeable, and has a heart for his client's needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an exceptionally talented lawyer with tons of experience in both estate planning and real estate. He's our goto guy for all real estate matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John possesses a desirable mix of expertise in law, tax, real estate and business. He is generous in sharing his time and knowledge, and is a respected resource by his professional colleagues. He is capable of handling estate planning matters at the highest level."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John in an estate planning study group and was very impressed by him. He cares about his clients and has extensive knowledge about estate planning and trusts. He also communicates well and enjoys teaching important concepts to his client. Definitely worth a strong endorsement!"
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San Diego Estate planning Lawyer John C Demas
John C Demas
Estate planning Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 24 years