David J. Elbaz

  • Family Wealth Planning
  • Business Transactions
  • Taxation
  • Trust and Estate Administration

David J. Elbaz joined Kopple & Klinger in 2001 and was admitted as a partner in the firm in 2008. David’s practice centers on developing integrated estate, business and tax planning strategies for high-net worth individuals and business owners. In the estate planning context, David focuses on implementing estate plans that address personal and family goals and minimize or eliminate estate taxes. David also works with entrepreneurs in connection with business formation, business and real estate transactions and serves as general counsel for several of his client’s closely-held private companies.

Prior to joining Kopple & Klinger, David was a tax associate in the Los Angeles office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and a corporate law associate in a large Los Angeles law firm.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Member of L.A. County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations in their Trusts and Estates, Business Law and Taxation Sections
  • Elected as President of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council for the 2016-2017 season
  • Selected as a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” in a survey conducted by Law and Politics Media, Inc. and published in Los Angeles Magazine (2008 – Present)


  • Presenter, Trusted Advisors Summit (topic: Use of Nevada Trusts by California Residents for Tax and Protection Planning)
  • Presenter, Appraisal Institute’s IRS Summit (topic: The Application of Discounts to TIC Interests and Promissory Notes)
  • Presenter, California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (topic: Succession Planning for Small Law Firms)
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (topic: Estate Planning from A to Z)
  • Presenter, USC Tax Institute (topic: Integrating Various Business Succession and Wealth Transfer Planning Techniques)
  • Presenter, Appraisal Institute’s IRS Valuation Summit (topic: Partial Interest Valuation Discounts)
  • Presenter, Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council (topic: Trust and Estate Law Updates)
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (topic: Entity Selection for Small Business Owners)
  • Recipient of John Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at Georgetown University Law Center

About David J. Elbaz