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

Areas of Practice

Nancy specializes in estate planning and estate administration, working with clients to plan and implement strategies to transfer family wealth and accomplish personal goals in a tax-efficient manner. She also often represents clients in general corporate and real estate matters, with particular expertise in partnership taxation. In addition, she assists clients with the creation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies for real estate and other businesses.  



  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2008-2024
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2022
  • California Private Wealth Law, Chambers and Partners, 2016-2022
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2015



  • "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," USC Tax Institute, 2003
  • Co-author, "Estate Planning by the Numbers: Starting Up the Mountain" (chapter 15), 50 USC Tax Institute, 1998
  • "Using Revocable Trust During Client's Lifetime" (chapter two), and "Postmortem Advantages and Disadvantages" (chapter three), Drafting California Revocable Living Trusts, Third Edition, CEB, 1994
  • Co-author, "Real and Apparent Differences Between Employee and Partner/Sole Proprietor Compensation" (chapter five), 45 USC Tax Institute, 1993
  • Co-author, "The Mathematics of Estate Planning and Estate Freezing," Estate Tax Freeze: Tools and Techniques, D. Freeman, 1989
  • "Planning the Irrevocable Trust" (chapter two), Drafting California Irrevocable Living Trusts, Second Edition, CEB, 1988

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, USC Law Center, Partnership Taxation, 1995
  • Lecturer, Estate Planning and Taxation



  • Member, Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California, 2007-2013
  • Member, Advisory Board, UCLA, CEB Estate Planning Institute
  • Director, Rotary Club of Los Angeles, 1998-2000; and Director and Secretary, 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
  • Member, Board of Governors, Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles, 1985-1988



J.D., Stanford Law School, 1977

B.A., Stanford University, 1973


  • California
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