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Bill Staley

   Primary Areas of Practice

  • Tax planning and general business law for closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations; often in the role of primary outside counsel, coordinating the prevention and resolution of legal and tax problems of all kinds
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting business deals:  start-ups, reorganizations, acquisitions and dispositions, redemptions, corporate liquidations, partnership transactions and property transfers
  • Advising attorneys and accountants concerning high-stake tax issues
  • Business succession planning:  income, estate, gift and property tax issues; restructuring businesses and designing incentive plans for management
  • Obtaining rulings, advisory opinions and determination letters on tax issues
   Special Expertise



  • AV Rating - Martindale-Hubbell

"An AV Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity."

"The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished law practices."

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
    • Chair (1996-97); Executive Committee Member (1991-98)
    • Annual Washington, D.C. Delegation: Chair (1993, 1994), Member (1992, 1997)
    • Pass-Through Entities Committee: Chair (1991-92), Vice-Chair (1990-91) (“pass-through entities” are S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, which are all taxed similarly)
    • Tax-Exempt Organizations Discussion Group:  Member (1995-) 
  • Nominee, Most Trusted Advisor Award, San Fernando Valley Business Journal (2011) 
  • Nominee, Top 25 Lawyers Award, San Fernando Valley Business Journal (2007)
  •  California Bar Association, Taxation and Business Law Sections
    • Member 
  •  American Bar Association, Taxation and Business Law Sections
    • S Corporation Committee, Adjunct Member (1992-Present)
    • Limited Liability Company Task Force (1992-2002, when LLCs were new)


  • Prepared over 130 buy-sell agreements among owners of closely-held companies
  • Organized or reorganized well over 100 nonprofit organizations
  • Frequent speaker to groups of business owners, accountants, attorneys and financial planners
  • One of the lawyers “most frequently cited by their peers as being among those considered ‘up-and-coming’ practitioners in their areas of expertise [corporate tax]"  -Tax Law: The Up-and-Comers, in California Law Business (supplement to The Daily Journal), September 14, 1992
  •  CSUN Alumni Association Chapter Service Award (1987)
  •  Member of the Month, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (January, 1984 and May, 1983)


  • UCLA School of Law (J. D. 1981)
  • California State University, Northridge
    • (B.S., Business Administration/Finance 1977)

Susan Rognlie

Susan is an experienced Legal Assistant. 

She prepares documents for:

  • Corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships when they organize, merge or dissolve;
  • Stock transactions and transfers of interests in LLCs and partnerships;
  • Nonprofit corporations when they organize, apply for tax exemptions or dissolve; and
  • Minutes for boards of directors, managers and shareholders.

Susan helps organize stock records and issue new stock certificates.  She prepares the instructions that explain to clients what to do with each document.