Steven John Chidester

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Steven is a partner in the private client and tax team.

He focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and representing tax-exempt organizations. He has designed and used computer modeling to show the economic consequences of various estate planning and charitable giving techniques.

He is also experienced in the area of executive compensation, focusing on compensation and intermediate sanctions issues for tax-exempt organizations. Steven has represented exempt organizations in IRS audits, in civil and probate court, and before state Attorneys General.

He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2013, Best Lawyers in America since 2011 for Non-Profit Charities Law and Trusts and Estates, and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and a First Distinguished Service Award - Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles - Annual Western Regional Planning Giving Conference 2012.





‘Charitable Giving Part II: Other Deferred Giving Techniques,’ California State University, Long Beach Foundation’s American Institute for Philanthropic Studies - March 19, 2019, speaker

‘Collaboration Between Nonprofits and For-Profits: From the Simple to the Complex,’ State Bar of California’s Tax Annual Meeting & Tax Policy Conference, Carlsbad - November 03, 2017

‘Business Exit Strategies Involving Gifts to Charity,’ Office of Gift Planning at Scripps Health Foundation, La Jolla - November 01, 2017

‘Planned Giving 101,’ Los Angele Council of Charitable Gift Planners, Los Angeles - October 27, 2017

‘Understanding Charitable Lead Trusts: Considerations and Consequences’, California State Bar Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee Meeting - May 21, 2013

‘Planned Giving 101,’ Los Angeles - October 21, 2011

‘Donor Advised Funds and Family Funds_’,_ Practical Planned Giving Conference 2011, San Diego

‘Charitable Giving for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners_’,_ Healthy, Wealthy & Wise seminar, San Diego

‘Charitable Giving: Deferred Giving Techniques_’,_ a two-day course taught annually from 2002-09 and 2014-15 through the California State University, Long Beach Foundation’s American Institute for Philanthropic Studies

‘Gifts of Restricted Stock to Private Foundations_’,_ Exempt Organizations Committee, Tax Section, California State Bar

‘Keeping Your Business in the Family: Business Succession Planning_’,_ presented at a conference sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America - 2001

‘Funding Charitable Remainder Trusts with Challenging Assets_’,_ presented in 2000 to the Planned Giving Round Table of San Diego

‘When is a Gift Not a Gift? - An Analysis of Current Charitable Tax Planning Strategies, Proven and Unproven_’ -_ 2000 Annual Meeting of the California Bar Association Tax Section


‘Paul Newman Still Giving To Charity, Even in Death,’ Private Wealth - May 30, 2018, quoted

‘Charitable Planning for Next Tax Season,’ Accounting Today - April 17, 2018, quoted

‘How donors, advisors, and grantees of donor advised funds may be impacted by a recent IRS notice,’ - January 19, 2018, co-author

‘Impact of tax reform on tax-exempt organizations paying compensation in excess of US $1 million’ , - December 21, 2017, co-author

‘Consider the private operating foundation’, Wealth Management’s Trusts & Estates Magazine - October 2017, co-author

‘Attorney’s role during formation and operation’, Advising California nonprofit corporations, third edition, chapter 1

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Charities and non profit
  • Philanthropy
  • High-net-worth individuals

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
858 400 1304  Phone
858 759 3018  Fax
University Attended:
Brigham Young University, B.A., cum laude, 1982
Law School Attended:
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1987, California


California State Bar Association

American Bar Association


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