Helen S. Cheng

Associate | San Diego

Helen is an associate in the private client and tax team.

She is a trusts and estates attorney who focuses on exempt organizations and international tax planning for inbound and outbound transactions. She assists clients in all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration and charitable planning.

Helen brings a diversity of experience to her clients. After graduating from Stanford Law School, she practiced international corporate tax law in China and California where she worked with multinational corporations, such as Oracle, Intel and Seagate, on sophisticated international tax planning techniques.

Previously, Helen worked at the San Diego Zoo to create its licensing and technology transfer program. She was directly responsible for the creation of the San Diego Zoo Global Centre for Bioinspiration and worked with companies such as Procter & Gamble, WD-40, Nike and Qualcomm to develop technologies inspired by nature.

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State of California, 2000

‘Proposal to enhance implementation, enforcement of exit tax’, Tax Notes - November 13, 2017, co-author

‘Consider the private operating foundation’, Wealth Management’s Trusts & Estates Magazine - October 2017, co-author

International Community Foundation, General Counsel

San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Chair

Global Imprints, LLC, Advisory Council Member

Balboa Art Conservation Center, Board Member

State Bar of California, Member

‘Ethics Course: Cir. 230 Developments and Changes in Tax Practice Before the IRS,’ California Bar Association Annual Income Tax Seminar - June 2014

‘The Rare and Wonderful World of…International Tax,’ California Society of Enrolled Agents, Palomar - May 2014

FATCA, FBAR, Foreign Trusts… Oh My! US tax reporting traps for the unwary’, California Society of Enrolled Agents, Palomar - August 2013



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