Nancy Howard

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Nancy Howard is a special counsel in the Tax and Estate Planning Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Howard specializes in estate planning and estate administration where she works with clients to plan and implement strategies to transfer family wealth and accomplish personal goals in a tax efficient manner. Ms. Howard also has extensive experience representing clients in general corporate and real estate matters, with special expertise in partnership taxation. She assists clients to create corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies for real estate and other businesses.


•Best Lawyer in America, 2008-2019
•Private Wealth Law, Chambers and Partners, 2016
•fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Lawyer of the Year, 2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2008-2018


Inheriting the Family Business - Or Not, UCLA-CEB Estate Planning Institute (May, 2011)
Building Flexibility Into Your Estate Plan, UCLA-CEB Estate Planning Institute (May, 2009)
Pre-Mortem Planning for Post-Mortem Income Tax Issues, U.S.C. Tax Inst. (2003)
Estate Planning by the Numbers: Starting Up the Mountain, 50 U.S.C. Tax Inst., Ch. 15 (1998)(co-author)
Using Revocable Trust During Client's Lifetime (Chapter 2), Postmortem Advantages and Disadvantages (Chapter 3), Drafting California Revocable Living Trusts, 3rd ed., CEB (1994)
Real and Apparent Differences Between Employee and Partner/Sole Proprietor Compensation, 45 U.S.C. Tax Inst., Ch. 5 (1993)(co-author)
The Mathematics of Estate Planning and Estate Freezing, Estate Tax Freeze: Tools and Techniques, D. Freeman, ed. (1989)(co-author
Planning the Irrevocable Trust (Chapter 2), Drafting California Irrevocable Living Trusts, 2nd ed., CEB (1988)

Speaking Engagements

•Adjunct Professor, USC Law Center, Partnership Taxation, 1995
•Lecturer on estate planning and taxation topics.


•Enfoque Latino - Fall 2008
December 1, 2008

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Private Wealth Services
  • Tax
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
  • Nonprofit

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213.617.4271  Phone
213.620.1398  Fax
University Attended:
Stanford University, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
Stanford University, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977, California


•Member, Executive Committee, Trusts & Estates Section, State Bar of California, 2007-2013
•Member, Advisory Board, UCLA - CEB Estate Planning Institute
•Director, Rotary Club of Los Angeles, 1998-2000, Director and Secretary from 2001 - 2002
•Director, Child Victims in Court Partnership, 1997-2008
•Treasurer, Friends of Third Street School, 1991-1998
•Trustee, Friends of the Junior Arts Center, 1988-1994
•Board of Governors, Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles, 1985-1988


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