Helen S. Cheng

Senior associate

Helen is a senior 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.

Helen currently serves as chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners San Diego Branch (STEP SD) and on the STEP USA board of directors. She is also general counsel for the International Community Foundation and a board member at the Balboa Art Conservation Center.





State of California, 2000

New tax legislation establishes flat tax on investment income of private foundations,’_ Thomson Reuters’ Taxnet Pro - January 30, 2020, co-author

STEP San Diego, Branch Chair

STEP USA, Board of Directors

International Community Foundation, General Counsel

‘Powers of Appointment: Everything You Need to Know From the Planning and Litigation Perspectives,’ Orange County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section webinar - August 12, 2020, co-presenter

‘International Estate and Gift Taxation,’ American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (ABA RPTE) webinar - September 17, 2019, co-presenter

‘California’s New Trust Decanting Laws,’ Long Beach Bar Association Probate, Trust & estate Planning Section - May 1, 2019, speaker



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