Cynthia D. Brittain

Partner

Costa Mesa
T +1.714.966.8886
F +1.714.966.3513

Overview

Cindy Brittain serves as a trusted counsel to high-net-worth families in the United States and abroad to implement tax efficient strategies to manage family asset transitions. She has extensive experience formulating and implementing plans for business succession planning and developing exit strategies for selling or retaining family business interests. Notably, Cindy often applies her knowledge of tax and trust planning expertise to aide families who may have either a purely domestic or global footprint. She advises on best practices for executing cross-border planning while maintaining regulatory compliance. She works closely with each family to obtain a complete understanding of their values and dynamics and to design plans that align with the family’s unique personal and business goals.

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  • Advises large global families on international cross-border planning asset transfer strategies.
  • Counsels clients in the entertainment industry and entrepreneurs on best practices for advanced planning techniques.
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Experience

  • Advises large global families on international cross-border planning asset transfer strategies.
  • Counsels clients in the entertainment industry and entrepreneurs on best practices for advanced planning techniques.
  • Represented family companies in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Mainland China, India and United States.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Orange County: Board of Directors
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Tax Committee: Co-Chair
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara Chapter: Former Pro Bono Attorney

Community

  • Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College: Advisory Board
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara: Former Audit Chair
  • Domestic Violence Solutions: Former Pro Bono Attorney
  • Opera Santa Barbara
    • Gifting Committee: Former Board Member
    • Legal Committee: Former Chair

Pro Bono

  • On behalf of Domestic Violence Solutions, advocated in court that donors' charitable intent was respected and ensured that other beneficiaries would not block donations.
  • Established filing and organization system for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara chapter.

Prior Positions

  • Northern Trust: Senior Vice President

Admissions

  • California

Education

  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego, 1998
  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1992; Law Review; Academic Achievement Award; Appellate Team
  • B.A., Economics and International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984