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Richard Dayton
Charter Member
Estate Planning Law

1754 Technology Drive, Suite 230, San Jose, CA 95110-1319


Richard Dayton has been practicing for 17 years in estate planning, trust and probate law since 1998. I teach estate planning for the University of California Santa Cruz extension program and the California Continuing Education of the Bar programs. I'm a retired lieutenant colonel (non-legal) from the United States Army Reserve (32 years) and worked for IBM in a non-legal capacity for 37 years as programmer and in senior level management positions managing programmers, engineers, and project managers.

Julia Dean
Charter Member
Estate Planning Law

6528 Greatwood Parkway., Sugar Land, TX 77479


Ms. Dean\'s professional experience encompasses a broad range of legal matters. Her primary emphases are civil appeals, estate planning and probate. Her estate planning practice involves helping clients orchestrate their estates by drafting a vast array of trusts, wills and powers of attorney. Ms. Dean also provides compassionate legal advice while assisting families through the probate process. Ms. Dean\'s legal expertise in civil appeals includes both advising at the trial court level and handling all aspects of the appeal. She has handled appeals dealing with complex insurance matters, business matters, personal injury and family law appeals. She has successfully argued in federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, on behalf of a major insurance company, corporations, and individuals. She works with trial attorneys and clients to preserve error on the trial court level, preparing legal motions, handling mandamus actions, preparing and arguing the jury charge and handling all post-judgment motions. At the appellate level, Ms. Dean leads the appeal of a judgment, including preparing briefs, petitions for review and briefs on the merits to the Texas Supreme Court, and presenting oral argument before diverse panels of judges. Throughout her career, Ms. Dean has handled other civil matters as well, such as complex commercial litigation, corporate buy-outs, employment and business contracts, consumer issues, family law litigation, adoptions, real estate transactions and personal injury litigation. She successfully negotiated and closed a multi-million dollar buy-out of a snowboard clothing company to a major sporting goods conglomerate. Prior to specializing in appellate law, Ms. Dean engaged in a successful trial practice and as a result, understands the needs of trial attorneys and what it takes to make them successful at the trial level and on appeal.

Randall Denha
Charter Member
Estate Planning Law

550 W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA


Mr. Denha specializes in the areas of estate and personal tax planning, business and succession planning, family wealth planning, asset protection planning and integrating all of the foregoing into a truly comprehensive plan. Mr. Denha counsels high net worth individuals and families on a daily basis and is frequently called upon by these same individuals and families to assist in developing business policies and structures that will succeed to the next generation. Mr. Denha attended Wayne State University and graduated with honors with a degree in Corporate Finance. After college, Mr. Denha then went to University of Detroit School of Law where he graduated with honors with his law degree. Feeling that he still needed more education, he then attended the University of Miami School of Law and completed his masters in law (LL.M.) in estate planning. During his career he lectured extensively for many groups, some of which are UBS, Wells Fargo, Met Life, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), State Bar of Michigan, Michigan State Medical Society, Detroit Medical Society and its affiliates and Michigan Osteopathic Association to name a few. Mr. Denha continues to be called by many groups and associations to lecture and provide insight into the rapidly changing environment of estate planning. Mr. Denha continues to not only lecture to the life insurance industry, CPAs, financial advisors and specialized groups, but he is a frequent contributor of articles to many publications and is often called on to provide opinions and insight into the areas in which he specializes.

John DeSantis
Charter Member
Estate Planning Law

530 Morris Ave, Springfield Township, NJ 07081, USA


Ellen deWaal-van der Ham
Charter Member
Estate Planning Law

2708 Appleseed Road, Finksburg, MD 21048