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Edward A. Smith, Esq.

Edward A. Smith, Esquire

Attorney at Law

Focus:

  • Tireless advocate of client rights
  • Specializing in: Bankruptcy – Estate Planning – Business – Real Estate

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of California Davis, 1984
  • Juris Doctorate – University of the Pacific- McGeorge School of Law, 1988

Bio:

Edward A. Smith is licensed by the California State Bar and has been in continuous practice as an attorney since 1989.
Mr. Smith has a wide breadth of civil law experience, including civil litigation in State and Federal Court; bankruptcy; probate and estate planning; real property law; and in formation and representation of small businesses.

With the economic downturn, rise of unemployment, state employer furlough pay reductions, and the housing crisis–all in the last decade–Mr. Smith has steadily increased his law practice emphasis to represent consumers in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies to help save their homes.

Mr. Smith is married and has two children. He is active in community service through the local Lions Club where he serves as a club and district officer.

Memberships:
The State Bar of California
Sacramento County Bar Association
Placer County Bar Association

Stephan M. Brown, Esquire

Stephan M. Brown, Esquire

Attorney at Law

Focus:

  • Tireless advocate of client rights
  • Specializing in: Bankruptcy – Taxation

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting – San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Juris Doctorate emphasis in Taxation – Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
  • National Tax Practice Institute Fellow

Bio:

Since 2006, Stephan has helped numerous individuals and small businesses in several areas including tax planning and preparation, tax controversy, and offshore voluntary disclosures. He received his B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University, and his J.D. with an emphasis in Taxation from Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He has been licensed to practice before the IRS as an Enrolled Agent since 2008, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2014. Stephan is also a fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute, a designation that is regarded as evidence of significant expertise in the representation of taxpayers before the IRS. He was later involved with the Chapman University School of Law’s Tax Clinic where he represented clients in various stages of the Tax Court process. Stephan is dedicated to finding the best possible result for each client on an individualized basis.

He was born in Sacramento, and grew up nearby in Solano County. After high school, Stephan attended San Diego State University, where he met his wife Eva. He then went to work for a tax accounting firm for several years in Portland, Oregon, where he experienced several instances in which clients were apprehensive about dealing with the IRS, inspiring him to become a tax attorney. He moved back to California to pursue his law degree, where he was a published member of the Chapman Law Review, graduated cum laude, and gained invaluable experience working for a prominent tax attorney.

Stephan enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, watching movies, and going to Giants and Warriors games.

Memberships:
American Bar Association
California Bar Association Member
Enrolled Agent
National Association of Enrolled Agents

Eric T. Welch

Eric T. Welch

Senior Legal Administrator

Focus:

  • Tireless advocate of client rights
  • Client Services and Communication
  • Business Operations

Bio:

Eric is also a Sacramento area native, born and raised in the Gold Country. He is a graduate of El Dorado High School in Placerville, and later attended Cosumnes River College and California State University, Sacramento, where he obtained a degree in Business Administration.

As an experienced law office administrator, he has been on the executive management team of several successful local law firms specializing in bankruptcy and real estate litigation. Eric was also the Managing General Partner of a commercial real estate partnership based in Roseville since 1997. His wife is a real estate broker who operates a short sale business based in Roseville as well as the greater Sacramento metropolitan area. Eric’s working knowledge of real estate and his industry contacts have proven invaluable to our clients.

Eric has been a Little League Board Member and manager for the last 8 years. The Welch’s will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary this summer. They have raised three children in the Roseville community.

 

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