John F. Ramsbacher


John F. Ramsbacher received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans (1990) and his B.A. from the University of Montana (1987).  His practice is generally split between advising high-wealth individuals and closely-held business owners in estate and gift tax planning and representing taxpayers in all levels of gift and estate tax controversy and litigation.


John is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); a member of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California and the Past-Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California.  John is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and SuperLawyers.  John is a former Adjunct Faculty member at Golden Gate University Masters in Taxation program. 


John co-authored “The Family Limited Partnership: Forming, Funding, and Defending”, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Vol. 18, Number 4 (Summer 2004);  “Effective FLP/LLC Planning for Income and Transfer Tax Purposes Including Avoiding 2036(a) Pitfalls”, NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, Vol. 62 (2004), “Protecting the Reality in Entity-Based Transfer Tax Valuation Adjustments”, NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, Vol. 60, (2002), “Crummey Powers for Contingent Beneficiaries OK’d” Vol. 19, No. 1, Estate Planning (1992), and “Is the End in Sight for Crummey/Cristofani Trusts?”, Estate Planning (November 1996).

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