Steven J. Chidester

Partner | Rancho Santa Fe

Steven is a partner in the private client and tax team.

He focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and representing tax-exempt organizations. He has designed and used computer modeling to show the economic consequences of various estate planning and charitable giving techniques.

He is also experienced in the area of executive compensation, focusing on compensation and intermediate sanctions issues for tax-exempt organizations. Steven has represented exempt organizations in IRS audits, in civil and probate court, and before state Attorneys General.

He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2013, Best Lawyers in America® since 2011 for Non-Profit Charities Law and Trusts and Estates, and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating and a First Distinguished Service Award - Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles - Annual Western Regional Planning Giving Conference 2012.





State of California, 1987

‘Paul Newman Still Giving To Charity, Even in Death,’ Private Wealth - May 30, 2018, quoted

‘Charitable Planning for Next Tax Season,’ Accounting Today - April 17, 2018, quoted

California State Bar Association

American Bar Association

‘Charitable Giving Part II: Other Deferred Giving Techniques,’ California State University, Long Beach Foundation’s American Institute for Philanthropic Studies - March 19, 2019, speaker

‘Collaboration Between Nonprofits and For-Profits: From the Simple to the Complex,’ State Bar of California’s Tax Annual Meeting & Tax Policy Conference, Carlsbad - November 03, 2017

‘Business Exit Strategies Involving Gifts to Charity,’ Office of Gift Planning at Scripps Health Foundation, La Jolla - November 01, 2017



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Rancho Santa Fe

6050 El Tordo,

PO Box 2329,

CA 92067

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