Steven Chidester > Withers LLP > Rancho Santa Fe, United States > Lawyer Profile

Withers LLP
6050 El Tordo
PO Box 2329
CA 92067
United States

Work Department

Trust, Estates and Charitable Planning

Position

Partner

Career

Steven 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.

Memberships

California State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Education

Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, J.D.

Brigham Young University, cum laude, 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.