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Martin A. Neumann

Shareholder / Director

Martin Neumann has been helping clients achieve their estate planning and trust administration objectives for over 30 years. His clients appreciate his patience and empathy as he helps them clarify goals for their families, loved ones and charitable causes. During this process, clients often express surprise when Martin raises extremely important issues that they previously had not considered, such as the impact of a substantial inheritance on family members who may lack experience managing wealth. By addressing these sensitive issues during the estate planning process, Martin successfully introduces tools and techniques to bring his clients peace-of-mind.

For most of his career, Martin has been a committed teacher, educating accountants, lawyers, financial planners and other professionals and clients on the nuances of estate planning and estate taxes. His students benefit from his years of practical experience, as well as his creative methods of teaching a very technical subject.

As testament to his effectiveness as an attorney, Martin’s peers and clients rated him “AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0” on Martindale-Hubbell®, and he has been named a “Southern California Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers® each year since 2004. Additionally, Martin has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2013. Equally successful as a teacher, Martin received the coveted "Distinguished Instructor" award from UCLA Extension, where he teaches both beginning and advanced estate planning courses.


J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1981
UCLA-Alaska Law Review, 1980 – 1981

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
Honors: summa cum laude

Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984
  • State Bar of California, 1981
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
Teaching Positions
  • Beginning Estate Planning, UCLA Extension, 1991 - Present
  • Advanced Estate Planning, UCLA Extension, 1987 - Present
Notable Speaking Engagements
  • "Developments in Charitable Giving and Estate Planning - Year End 2015," Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles, November 25 & December 2, 2015
  • "Preventing Trust Disasters: Advice to Avoid Common Trustee Mistakes," Business Managers Discussion Group, July 6, 2015
  • "Estate Planning 2013: For Better or For Worse," Green Hasson Janks Annual Tax and Legislative Update, December 13, 2013
  • "December 2012: The Black Friday of Estate Planning," Green Hasson Janks Annual Tax and Legislative Update, November 30, 2012
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques, NYU Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques, USC Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques, Mid-America Tax Institute, St. Louis
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques, USC Probate & Trust Conference
  • Planning an Estate: A Guidebook of Principles & Techniques, Thomson/Reuters West, Fourth Edition, 1998-2011
  • Outright Noncharitable Gifts in CA-Will Drafting Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, Third Edition, 1992
  • The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax--Two Years Later--Coping With Technical Corrections, New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, 1988
  • Estate Freeze Techniques Outside of Chapter 14, New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, 1994
Honors and Awards
  • "The Best Lawyers in America®," Best Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • "Leaders in Their Field - Private Wealth," Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2018-2019
  • "AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0” Peer Review Rated and Client Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • "Southern California Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers® 2005-2020
  • "Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers®, 2018-2020
  • "Five Star Professional – Estate Planning Attorney," Los Angeles, 2012-2014
  • "Distinguished Instructor," UCLA Extension, 2008