I am a partner at Murphy Austin, practicing in the firm’s Real Estate, Corporate and Business, and Tax and Estate Planning Teams. As evidenced by my work with each of these practice groups, I have substantial breadth and depth of experience in transactional matters, which allows me to bring a holistic approach to representing my clients.
I frequently assist clients with complex real estate transactions relating to the purchase and sale of real property (including real estate financing) and the formation of entities used to acquire real property (such as partnerships and LLCs). I also represent landlords and tenants seeking to lease or ground lease commercial, industrial, and retail space (with a particular focus on office and medical office leasing).
My business/corporate practice includes assisting clients in matters related to choice of entity, formation, and governance; mergers and acquisitions; and contract negotiation and drafting. I have advised and represented entities of all forms and types, including for-profit and nonprofit.
My tax background further bolsters my real estate and business/corporate practice, as I am fluent in matters of partnership, corporate, income, property, and sales and use tax. I also have experience with estate/gift tax and complex estate planning.
I am a former Chair and Board member of the Tax Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA), and participate in the Tax, Business, and Real Property Sections of the SCBA.
I serve on the Board of Directors for PBS KVIE Public Television in Sacramento, and currently hold the position of Secretary on the Board’s executive committee. I am also co-commissioner/founder of “The League of Extraordinary Professionals” – a fantasy football league whose participants commit to making a charitable donation to the cause selected by each year’s league champion.
I received my law degree (J.D.) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where I was named a member of the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society. I also hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge, where my coursework emphasized taxation (including production of a master’s thesis regarding tax planning with IC-DISCs). I received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University, Sacramento, and double-majored in Economics and Political Science while at the University of California, Davis.
I have been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers for five consecutive years (2015-2019).
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star - Northern California||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Rising Star - Northern California||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star - Northern California||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star - Northern California||Super Lawyers||2016|
|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|
|Partner||Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP||2020 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP||2015 - Present|
|Senior Associate Attorney||The Burton Law Firm||2009 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|KVIE -||Board of Directors||2019 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Business Law Section||Member||2014 - 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|
|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||LL.M - Master of Laws||2016|
|California State University, Sacramento - College of Business Administration||Master of Business Administration (MBA)||2009|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of California - Davis||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|University of California - Davis||BA - Bachelors of Arts||2003|
|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.|