Helen Cheng > Withers Bergman LLP > San Diego, United States > Lawyer Profile

Withers Bergman LLP
101 West Broadway, Suite 1000
San Diego CA 92101
United States

Work Department

International Wealth Planning

Position

Associate

Career

Helen is a trusts and estates attorney who focuses on exempt organizations and international tax planning for inbound and outbound transactions. She assists clients in all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration and charitable planning.

Helen brings a diversity of experience to her clients. After graduating from Stanford Law School, she practiced international corporate tax law in China and California where she worked with multinational corporations, such as Oracle, Intel and Seagate, on sophisticated international tax planning techniques.

Previously, Helen worked at the San Diego Zoo to create its licensing and technology transfer program. She was directly responsible for the creation of the San Diego Zoo Global Centre for Bioinspiration and worked with companies such as Procter & Gamble, WD-40, Nike and Qualcomm to develop technologies inspired by nature.

Helen currently serves as chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners San Diego Branch (STEP SD) and on the STEP USA board of directors. She is also general counsel for the International Community Foundation and a board member at the Balboa Art Conservation Center.

Memberships

STEP San Diego, Branch Chair

STEP USA, Board of Directors

International Community Foundation, General Counsel

Balboa Art Conservation Center, Board Member

San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Member and Former Chair

Global Imprints, LLC, Advisory Council Member

State Bar of California, Member

Education

Stanford University Law School, J.D.

University of Kansas, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

The tax-exempt practice at Withers Bergman LLP is housed within the firm’s wider private client practice group and excels in domestic and international non-profit work. Led by William Kambas in New York, the team advises cross-border gift-giving, investments and estate planning; recently promoted partner Helen Cheng in San Diego who is ‘excellent’ according to clients, is the key name for this area. Steven Chidester in San Diego represents organizations in IRS audits and handles charitable giving. Co-chair of the practice Michael Brophy  handles estate litigation, from Los Angeles. Other key contacts include Alana Petraske in New York who has a specialty advising charities to attain tax-efficient status both in the US and the UK, and Lawton Leung  in New Haven.