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2000 Arthur K. Marshall Awardee -
JAMES R. BIRNBERG
 


Mr. Birnberg currently is a partner of the firm of Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Gold, Birnberg & Coleman, LLP, in Encino, California.    He previously was of counsel to Loeb & Loeb, in Los Angeles, California, and before that was a staff counsel with the State Controller’s Office, Division of Inheritance and Gift Taxation, Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Birnberg received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College in 1961, with honors in history, a master of arts degree in history from Stanford University in 1962 and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.  He is admitted to practice in California since January 1966 and also admitted to practice in the federal courts.

Mr. Birnberg has been active in the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar and the Beverly Hills Bar, having been the member or ex-officio member of Trusts and Estates Executive Committees for each of these groups for many years, usually acting as the legislative chair.  He has also been a delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates.   Since 2003, he also has been a member of the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee to the State Judicial Council, where he is the legislative chair.

Mr. Birnberg was the recipient of the V. Judson Klein Honorary Award (1986), given by the California State Bar Taxation Section for his leadership in the activities of the Bar and for his professionalism.   In 1991, he was elected to be a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and he has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine and he is listed in Best Lawyers of America.

Mr. Birnberg is a frequent lecturer on legislative developments and estate, gift and inheritance taxation.  He has prepared legislative update materials for the California State Bar, local bars and other interested groups since the mid-1980s.  He is the author of several articles for the U.S.C.  Institute on Taxation and the U.S.C. Probate Institute, and is the author of a chapter on estate taxes for Estate Planning (California Continuing Education of the Bar).

In 2000, he was the eighth recipient of the Arthur K. Marshall Award, for his service to the Los Angeles area probate bar and his contributions to the legal profession in the field of probate and trust law.  The Award was presented to him by his long-time friend and mentor, Matthew S. Rae, a prior recipient.

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