David Allen Brown
Partner
David.Brown@brownandstreza.com
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David Allen Brown is the founding partner in the law firm of Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California. We are a boutique law firm, narrowly focused on providing legal advice in the areas of estate planning, business planning, income tax planning, and charitable planning. He attended USC and Loma Linda University before obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree and Juris Doctor degree in law from Western State University in 1974. He founded Brown & Streza in June, 1975 and serves approximately 4000 clients. He is a member of the California State Bar, Orange County Bar Association, National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisers, the Financial Planning Association, Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy, and Kingdom Advisors.

Dave is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated attorney, which is the highest rating possible. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are established by lawyers and judges who have personal knowledge of an individual attorney’s work and ethical standards. Dave has also been included on the “Southern California Super Lawyer” list by Los Angeles Magazine for seven consecutive years – a distinction recognizing only 5% of the attorneys in Southern California (excluding San Diego).

Recognized as a leading authority David has lectured on the topic of Estate Planning to Insurance Companies, Financial Planning Organizations, Estate Planning Councils and Planned Giving Roundtable meetings across the Western United States. While attending law school, he was an insurance agent and member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

David has been a firm believer in the team approach to bring the best possible service to his clients by working alongside financial planners and CPAs.

David has written articles including Tax Favored Uses of Life Insurance to Replenish Estates of Business Owners and Executives, The Insurance Law Journal, Commerce Clearing House, April 1974 and The Amendable Irrevocable Super Trust, June, 1977.

Sophisticated Estate Planning for Medium to Large Estates

  • Transactions include QTIPs, Generation Skipping Trusts, QPRTs, GRATs, BDIT's, IDITs and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Founded Brown & Streza LLP in June, 1975
  • Legal Counsel, Estate Planning for Fidelity Mutual life Insurance Company, 1974
  • Juris Doctor, Western State University School of Law, 1974
  • Attended USC and Loma Linda University before obtaining his bachelor of Laws from Western State University School of Law, 1971
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are established by lawyers and judges who have personal knowledge of an individual attorney’s work and ethical standards.
    • An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
  • 2010 - 2016 “Southern California Super Lawyers”
    • Published by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, The New York Times (Los Angeles and Orange County distribution), Los Angeles Magazine and The Journal for Law & Politics. Only 5% of the attorneys in Southern California (excluding San Diego) receive this prestigious honor.
  • As seen in June 30, 2008 Forbes Magazine: Brown & Streza LLP was selected Top Ten of The Most Dependable Lawyers (Trusts & Estates) for 2008
  • Tax Favored Uses of Life Insurance to Replenish the Estates of Business Owners and Executives
    • Insurance Law Journal, Commerce Clearing House, April 1974
  • The Amendable Irrevocable Super Trust
    • June 1977
  • State Farm MDRT Conference, Omni San Diego, July 7, 2015
    • Avoiding 6 Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Business and Your Future
  • New York Life Office, Irvine, April 22, 2014
    • Life Insurance Trusts
  • State Farm AHA Conference, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, March 13-14, 2014
    • Multiple Uses of Life Insurance in Retirement Planning
  • New York Life Pomona Quarterly Sales Meeting, Red Cross Pomona, October 7, 2013
    • Life Insurance Trusts
  • 2012 MDRT State Farm Dinner and Meeting, Intercontinental Los Angeles Hotel, March 20, 2013
    • Basics & Beyond Living Trusts
  • Prudential Fast Start General Agency Meeting, Hyatt Regency Orange County, January 18, 2013
    • New Tax Laws
  • New York Life Covina Valley General Office, April 18, 2012
    • Avoiding the Six Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Business and Your Future
  • Prudential Financial Office, Irvine, California, April 13, 2012
    • The Basics of Estate Planning
  • Institute of Management Consultants Orange County Chapter, Irvine, March 8, 2012
    • How to Hold On to Your Money: Tips for Consultants and Their Clients
  • State Farm SCMA Exotic Study Group, The Turnip Rose, February 29, 2012
    • Avoiding the Estate Planning and Business Planning Mistakes that can Impact Your Legacy, Your Business, and Your Future
  • Ronald Blue & Company, October 4, 2011
    • Estate Planning Opportunities in 2011 & 2012
  • New York Life Covina Valley General Office, Pomona, California, December 3, 2010
    • Two Question Approach
  • Prudential Financial Office, Irvine, California, May 24, 2010
    • Private Split Dollar and a Nevada Asset Trust, and GST
  • Kingdom Advisors Quarterly Luncheon Meeting, San Diego, January 22, 2009
    • Christians in Estate Planning
  • Financial Planners Association Orange County Chapter, Irvine, California, August 27, 2008
    • Life Insurance Trusts & QPRTs
  • CalCPA Estate Planning Interest Group, Costa Mesa, California, June 18, 2008
    • IRA Distribution Planning
  • Saddleback Church, Lake Forest , California, March 31, 2008
    • Basics & Beyond Living Trusts
  • Forest Home Foundation, June 26, 2007
    • Basics & Beyond Living Trusts
  • California Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals, Wine Country Symposium, October 25, 2007
    • Basics & Beyond Living Trusts
    • Life Insurance Trusts & QPRTs
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, OC, Round Table Speaker, January 10, 2007
    • Two Question Approach
  • A Compak, Fidelity, Russell Seminar, San Diego, July 8, 2006
    • Helping You Achieve Your Financial Goals
  • Financial Planners Association Orange County Chapter, Irvine, California, February 22, 2006
    • Life Insurance Trusts
    • A Comprehensive Analysis of Alternative Estate Tax Payment Methods
    • Continuing education presentation delivered to Financial Planners

Recognized as a leading authority David has lectured on the topic of Estate Planning to Insurance Companies, Financial Planning Organizations, Estate Planning Councils and Planned Giving Roundtable meetings across the Western United States. While attending law school, he was an insurance agent and member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

David has been a firm believer in the team approach to bring the best possible service to his clients by working alongside financial planners and CPAs.

  • California State Bar: Member
  • Orange County Bar Association: Member
  • National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors: Member
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council: Member
  • Financial Planning Association: Member
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Orange County (formerly Planned Giving Round Table of Orange County): Member
  • Kingdom Advisors: Charter Member
  • Crown Financial Ministries: Planned Giving Advisory Board
  • Finance Committee: St. Margaret’s School, San Juan Capistrano, 1982
  • Past Vice President, Saddleback Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding Board of Directors, Foundation for Saddleback College
  • Director: “Orange County Supervisors and Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” (1985-1995)
  • Board Member of Mission Community Hospital
  • Board Member of Forest Home Christian Retreat Center
  • Board Member of Forest Home Foundation