Ellis R. Stern

Ellis R. Stern
  • Partner


Los Angeles, CA





Ellis R. Stern

Mr. Stern is a Certified Specialist in both Taxation Law, and Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law with the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. His practice concentrates on matters relating to taxation law, trusts, estates, business transactions, and real property transactions. His broad background includes experience in academia, as well as private practice. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Federal Estate and Gift Taxation at the University of San Diego School of Law (Masters of Law program). Mr. Stern earned a J.D. from Tulane University in 1974 and a L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1975. He also holds a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Stern served as a Special Agent in U.S. Army Intelligence.

He was admitted to the state bar of Florida in 1974 and the state bar of California the following year. In 1976 Mr. Stern was admitted to U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Two years later he was admitted to U.S. Tax Court.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business Transactional 40%
  • Taxation 10%
  • Estate Planning and Administration 50%

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Taxation Law, California Board of Legal Specialization, 1981
  • Probate, Estate and Trust Law, California Board of Legal Specialization, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1974


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: Tulane University Moot Court Board
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. - 1975
    • Major: Taxation
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1968


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, San Diego University School of Law, 1983 to 1983
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University San Fernando School of Law, 1982 to 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, 1991 and forward
  • Super Lawyer Southern California Super Lawyers List (many)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1976 to 2020

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army Military Intelligence, Special Agent, 00/1968 to 00/1971

Ancillary Businesses

  • Trustee of numerous private and charitable Trusts


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