Richard E. Streza

Richard E. Streza: Attorney with Brown & Streza, LLP
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Richard Streza is the managing partner of the law firm Brown & Streza, LLP. Richard is a business planning attorney working exclusively with closely held businesses and their owners. He exclusively counsels business owners with respect to the appropriate business structure taxation, risk management, and internal operational management. Richard sits on a variety of advisory boards, board of directors for numerous companies, as well as management committees for some of the firm’s larger clients. For nine consecutive years Richard has been included on the “Southern California Super Lawyer” list by Los Angeles Magazine – a distinction recognizing only 5% of the attorneys in Southern California (excluding San Diego).Recognized for his deep technical expertise in the areas of taxation, risk management, insurance and management incentive planning, Richard counsels business owners on business structures to accomplish their growth, operational plans and succession plans. Since Richard counsels with in excess of 500 business owners each year (and has for over 30 years), he constantly receives feedback on the benefits and detriments of different legal and incentive techniques. His experience of engaging in this process over the last 30+ years provides a wealth of wisdom into how to use the right structures and techniques at the right time. He also routinely speaks to various organizations on these topics. Richard received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University. Richard and Dave Brown have been partners at Brown & Streza in excess of 30 years working to benefit their business and estate planning clients, building Brown & Streza into a recognized business and estate and tax planning law firm in Orange County.Richard lives in Rancho Carrillo, California in the middle of the Cleveland National Forrest on a mini ranch with his wife Nancy. His two daughters are grown, but he loves to spend time with them and his grandchildren. Richard is an active member of his community and pastors the local community church. Richard also is an active, instrument rated pilot and periodically returns to Colorado where he reconnects with family and his ranching roots.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Business Law
  • Closely Held Business Taxation
  • Business Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
877-326-9253  Phone
(949) 453-2900  Phone
(949) 453-2916  Fax
University Attended:
Rockmont College; University of Colorado, B.A., 1979
Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982, California
Orange County Bar (Member, Business Law Section); American Bar Association (Member); California Bar Association (Member)
General Representative Transactions: Formation of appropriate entities, corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships for operating companies and investments; Creation of succession plans for operating companies; Buy/Sell Agreements;Phantom Stock Plans; Stock Option Plans;Stock Bonus Plans; Asset Purchase Agreements; Stock Purchase Agreements; Gifting plans to children; Installment Sale Transaction; Medical Reimbursement Plans; Retirement Planning; Management Counseling; Incentive Compensation Plans; Employment Agreements; Manufacturing Representative Agreements.

Specific Representative Transactions:Structured single location retail business in the mid 1980's and acted as General Counsel, chairing various management committees as the company grew to in excess of 30 locations and $700 million in sales; Structured and represented clients in $50 million plus sale of a company in 2008; Structured phantom stock plans in companies with values from $4 million to $180 million; General Counsel to numerous businesses with gross receipts of $5 million to over $700 million; Transferred $27 million real estate portfolio to successive generation with zero gift or estate tax; Structured transfer of $14 billion closely held business interests from older to succeeding generation and internal management group; Structured the transfer of $6 million manufacturers representation company to internal management group; Structured transfer of a dairy valued in excess of $10 million from 2nd generation to 3rd generation with zero gift or estate tax.

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Irvine, California

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