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Timothy J McElfish

Timothy J McElfish is the Managing Partner and Chair’s the Firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Group. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and received his Bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in 1999. Next, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University, School of Law in 2003. In 2004, he received an LL.M. in Taxation degree from University of San Diego, School of Law.

Mr. McElfish has a broad and diverse business background that he brings to any transaction. After obtaining his Juris Doctor, and while obtaining his LL.M. in Taxation Mr. McElfish served as a court-appointed trustee. During his appointment, he traveled the west coast managing and negotiating the sale of commercial assets that included hotels, restaurants, and retail properties.

As the Department Chair, Mr. McElfish handles all aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, entity formation, and commercial finance. Additionally, his practice includes negotiating and managing joint ventures including real estate acquisition or disposition transactions. Also, he serves as outside counsel for a wide range of businesses that include entity structuring, transactional, and corporate governance matters. Mr. McElfish’s practice also includes business succession planning and advising clients on the tax implication of business and real estate transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Auto Dealership Law

  • Business & Commercial Law

  • Business Organizations

  • Business Governance

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Construction / Contractors

  • Business Contracts

  • Commercial Landlord/Tenant

  • Real Estate Law

  • Business Succession Planning

  • Estate Planning, Trusts & Wills


Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Central District of California


University of San Diego
San Diego, California, 2004
LL.M. in Taxation

Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, California, 2003
Juris Doctor Honors: Dean’s List, Cali Award

University of San Diego
La Jolla, California 1999
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Published Works

Estate Planning & Taxation, (Contributor), Kendal-Hunt, 2012

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Federal Income Taxation, University of La Verne, College of Law 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, Qualified Domestic Trust Planning, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Speaker, Fiduciary Duties owed to Contingent Beneficiaries, Wells Fargo Private Bank
  • Speaker, Estate Planning – New Laws and Applicable Exemption Amount, Morgan Stanley
  • Speaker, New California Laws on Estate Planning, UBS

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Business Law, Real Property, and Taxation, Member
  • California Bar Association: Business Law, Real Property, and Taxation Law Sections, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association: Trust & Estate, and Tax Law Sections, Member
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council, Member