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David A. Tatkin

Of Counsel

About David Tatkin:

David Tatkin is Of Counsel at The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC bringing the Firm nearly 30 years of experience. David initially practiced in the area of partnership taxation, handling a variety of tax-related issues for syndications and investors.  After the Tax Reform Act of 1986 virtually eliminated the tax benefits of such syndications, David turned his attention to estate planning, with an emphasis on estate and gift taxation.

David now practices in a wide variety of estate planning-related areas, including counseling clients on their estate planning needs, preparing trusts, wills, and other estate documents, handling probate matters, and conducting trust and estate administration.  David works with all types of clients to assist them with their estate planning needs, including single and married clients with relatively small estates to blended families and high net worth clients.  He also counsels clients on business and family succession issues, and helps clients achieve their charitable giving needs by structuring donations to maximize estate, gift, and income tax savings.  David has devised and implemented many gifting programs designed to reduce or eliminate estate taxes through the use of several types of entities and “lack of marketability” and “minority interest” discounts.  In doing so, David has saved his clients millions of dollars in estate taxes.

Prior to attending law school, David had a 14-year long career in the music business as a performer, writer, arranger and producer for such record labels as Capital Records, Warner Brothers, Elektra, and Bang Records.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Certified specialist in Estate Planning and Probate by the State Bar of California.
  • Founding member of the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Section of the MCBA.

Speaking Engagements:

  • David has has been a speaker at various estate-planning seminars.


  • LL.M in Taxation, New York University, 1983
  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 1983 Cum Laude
  • B.S., California State University, Dominguez Hills

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona
  • California

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