also known as R. Brooks Whitehead
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I am a member of the Real Estate, Corporate and Business, and Tax and Estate Planning teams here at Murphy Austin.
My commercial real estate practice includes purchase and sale agreements and commercial leasing.
My transactional business practice includes matters such as choice of entity, formation, governance, buy-sell agreements, M&A, reorganizations, contract review and drafting, and the like. I have represented entities of all types, including for-profit and nonprofit, domestic and international, corporate and pass-through.
My tax practice includes tax planning and tax controversy for both businesses and individuals, including matters of corporate, partnership, income, international, sales and use, employment, estate and gift, and property tax. Additionally, I have experience in basic and complex estate planning and asset protections matters.
I am a former Chair of the Tax Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association. My other professional associations include the Business and Real Property Sections of the SCBA and the Sacramento Estate Planning Council.
I received my J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, my Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento, and degrees in Economics and Political Science while at the University of California, Davis. I am presently a candidate for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge (emphasis in tax) with an expected graduation date of May 2016.
I was named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015, which is awarded to the top 2.5% of practitioners under the age of 40.
Prior to joining Murphy Austin, I worked at a boutique firm, practicing transactional business, tax, and cross-over estate planning issues. I also worked as an extern for the Board of Equalization’s Tax Appeals Assistance Program, and as a research assistant for McGeorge Tax Professor Christine Manolakas.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star - Northern California||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Dean's Honor List, 2006-2008||McGeorge School of Law||N/A|
|Academic Achievement Award, 2006-2007||McGeorge School of Law||N/A|
|Traynor Honor Society||McGeorge School of Law||N/A|
|Associate Attorney||Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP||2015 - Present|
|Senior Associate Attorney||The Burton Law Firm||2009 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Business Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Philanthropic Advisors' Forum of Greater Sacramento||Member||2011 - Present|
|Sacramento Estate Planning Council||Member||2009 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Tax Law Section||Chair||2014 - 2014|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Tax Law Section||Board Member||2011 - 2013|
|McGeorge Law Review||Legislative Writer, Primary Legislative Editor||2006 - 2008|
|Private Letter Ruling 201438032||Client received ruling that foreign subsidiary structure is consistent with IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and the requirements for tax deductible donations under IRC 170(a).|
|Private Letter Ruling 201121012||Client obtained substantial tax refund and 7-year retroactive S-corporation status.|
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|Firm White Paper||Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporations: A Mouthful of Tax Savings for Exporters... and More!||2012|
|Firm Newsletter||Why Gamble with the Future of Your Business? How Succession Planning Can Take the Luck Out of a Successful Future for Your Business||2012|
|Landlord Today Newsletter||What Happens When Your Tenant Passes Away?||2012|
|Firm Newsletter||Maybe the Mayans Predicted It? Foreshadowing the Oncoming "Taxmageddon"||2012|
|Firm Newsletter||Health Care Highlights: A High-Level Look at Changes to the Health Care System||2012|
|Firm Newsletter||If the Sky is Falling, Put on Your Hard Hat: Planning for "Taxmageddon" and "Obamacare"||2012|
|Firm Newsletter||Business Tax Updates||2011|
|Firm Newsletter||Protecting Your Family's Lemonade Stand: Tools to Help Your Family Business||2011|
|Firm Newsletter||Drafting Your Trust to Provide for Your Children - And Preserve Your Assets (co-author Rebecca Gardner)||2011|
|Firm Newsletter||Trust Fund Tax Traps: Avoiding Personal Liability for Certain Business Taxes||2011|
|Firm Newsletter||Nothing But Net: Maximizing the After-Tax Proceeds from the Sale of a Business (co-author Jeb Burton)||2011|
|Firm White Paper||Owning Mexican Property Might Not be the Fiesta You Thought: Do Not Siesta and Miss IRS Amnesty Program||2011|
|Firm White Paper||Tick-Tock! Time Running Out for Offshore Asset Amnesty||2011|
|McGeorge Law Review||Good for More than Just Driving Directions: GPS Helps Protect Californians from Recidivist Sex Offenders||2007|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Transnational Business Practice||LL.M - Master of Laws||2016|
|California State University, Sacramento||N/A||Master of Business Administration (MBA)||2009|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of California - Davis||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|University of California - Davis||Economics||Other - Bachelors||2003|