Richard J. Albrecht
Richard J. Albrecht, the founding partner of the firm, is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and his LL.M. (in Taxation) from the New York University Law School. Rick has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, which designates the top 5 percent of the lawyers in Southern California in each area of specialty. Rick has also been rated as an AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking available.
Colleen Barney became the youngest Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law in 1996. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, magna cum laude, and the University of Michigan Law School. Colleen received her LL.M. (in Taxation), cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Colleen has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, TIME and Money. She has also appeared on CNBC’s “Squawkbox,” CNNfn and the “Wall Street Journal Report.” Colleen is the co-author of the book, “Best Intentions: Ensuring Your Estate Plan Delivers Both Wealth and Wisdom.” Colleen has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list. Colleen has also been rated as an AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.
Colleen competes under the Masters Division of the USA Track & Field Program. Colleen is a world champion in the 100 meters and a four time national champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters in her age group.
Anson T. Cain
Anson T. Cain counsels clients on basic and advanced estate, gift, and income tax planning arising in the areas of wealth succession, and business and charitable planning. Anson is a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate law by the State Bar of California, has lectured at the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, and serves as an adjunct professor of law, teaching Estates & Trusts at Western State College of Law.
Anson graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Accounting and Business Administration. While in college, Anson was an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete, and also served as President of the Student Accounting Society. Anson graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law, in Malibu, California, where he received his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While in law school, Anson published a law article with the Journal of The National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, and later became its Editor-in-Chief. Following law school, Anson received his LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law, in Coral Gables, Florida.
Anson lives in Irvine, California, with his wife, Lindzey, and their dog, Magic. When not cooking, visiting Disneyland, or spending time with family, Anson contributes his time to the University of California, Irvine, serving on the executive council of its Diabetes Center.
David P. Collins
David P. Collins received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Chapman University. Dave focuses on business transactions connected to estate and gift tax planning. Before law school, Dave spent nearly a decade working for the major record label Capitol Records in Hollywood. In addition to his work at the firm, Dave serves as counsel for Western Community Housing, Inc.
Katherine J. Hughes
Katherine J. Hughes is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her LL.M. (in Taxation), cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Katie has been selected multiple times to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list. The State Bar of California awarded Katie the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for her volunteer legal services. Katie also serves on the Board of Directors of Women Helping Women. Katie is a competitive tri‑athlete.
Jillian C. Kinsey
Jillian C. Kinsey graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine. Jill was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. During law school, she clerked at the firm and acquired knowledge of all aspects of estate planning.
LaVonne Lawson graduated from Stanford University and received a law degree and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Duke University. LaVonne provides counsel and representation in domestic and international tax compliance matters. She is a former Senior Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, in which capacity she advised revenue agents and revenue officers, represented the IRS in the United States Tax Court and advised Department of Justice Attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys in tax cases outside of the Tax Court.
LaVonne is the current Chair of the Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee of the State Bar of California Taxation Section. She is also a former member of the State Bar of California Taxation Section Executive Committee. LaVonne serves on the Beverly Hills Bar Association Board of Governors and has previously served on the LACBA Taxation Section Executive Committee.
Charles Morris graduated, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law after attending both Long Beach State University and the University of Southern California. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. Chuck has over 30 years experience working with the Internal Revenue Service in the Estate and Gift Tax division. From 2000 until joining the firm, Chuck was the Director of the entire Western region of the Estate and Gift Tax Section of the Internal Revenue Service.
Eric Raines received his law degree from Yale Law School and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas. His practice is focused on estate planning, business succession planning, charitable giving, trust administration, probate, and related litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Eric founded his own trust and estates law firm, worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and prosecuted cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas. He teaches a class on Estate Planning at University of California, Irvine, and has created and run a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Eric is admitted to practice in California and Nevada.
Kristin Yokomoto focuses on estate planning, trust administration and business succession planning. She has background in venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Yokomoto has been practicing law for twenty years and prior to that, was a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 company. She is a member of WealthCounsel, LLC, a national organization of estate planning lawyers, ElderCounsel, LLC, a national organization of elder law lawyers, and the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Sections of the Orange County Bar Association. She is the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of STEP-Orange County, a national and international organization of trust and estate practitioners that strives to provide education to lawyers, accountants and investment advisors. Ms. Yokomoto earned a B.A. degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona, a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona School of Law, and LL.M degrees in Taxation from San Diego University School of Law and Chapman University School of Law.