DUSTIN I. NICHOLS | PARTNER
Dustin I. Nichols is a partner with the Orange County, California law firm of Brown & Streza LLP, where he counsels business owners on integrated corporate, estate and exemption planning. For over 25 years, Dustin has been providing clients with comprehensive domestic and foreign integrated estate and business planning strategies and structures, including retirement planning for business owners.
Prior to joining Brown & Streza, as a sole practitioner, Dustin focused on integrated estate, business, and exemption planning with an emphasis on retirement planning for business owners. Dustin is a Distinguished Faculty Member for Lorman Education Services, a national provider of continuing legal education seminars, and often speaks on the topic of integrated planning. Dustin was one of the original Legal Technicians/Inventors that developed the proprietary Private Retirement Trust (“PRT”) solution, and administration support platform in California.
Dustin has been published in such law publications as The Orange County Lawyer and conducts private seminars for large CPA firms and financial professionals on the PRT, and integrated exemption planning. Dustin received his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, Northridge. He is a Member of the California State Bar, is certified before the U.S. Tax Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Central Districts of California.
Dustin is married with four teenagers. Having played and coached football for many years, every day begins with weight training to create a winning mindset to better serve his clients.
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND | PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION | PUBLICATIONS
Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California: Partner, 2021-Present
The Law Office of Dustin I. Nichols, A Professional Corporation, Newport Beach, California: Managing Attorney, 1996-2020
Eber & Nichols, LLP, A Law Corporation, Irvine, California: Partner, 2009-2013
Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, California State University, Northridge, California, 1991
United State District Court for the Central District of California
United State District Court for the Eastern District of California
Certified before the United States Tax Court
Lorman Education Services: Distinguished Faculty Member
The Orange County Register, October 2017
Co-author, “The ‘use it or lose it’ creditor exemption for retirement in California”
OCBA OC Lawyer Magazine, November 2000
Co-author, “Estate Planning in the Eleventh Hour”
Asset Protection Strategies and Forms (James Publishing)
Co-author, Third – Fifth Editions
WealthCounsel Symposium, Hollywood, California, 2017
Featured Speaker, Exemption Transfer Planning: New Opportunities in an Era of Emerging Challenges in Asset Protection Planning
The State Bar of California: Member
California Lawyers Association, Trusts & Estates Section: Member
Orange County Bar Association: Member
S.C. Trojans Elite Youth Football Club: Youth Football Coach (14-15 year old boys), 2012- 2020
Saddleback Valley Blue Bears Pop Warner: Assistant Coach, 2014-2019