CHARLES DAFF, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, Southern California, is an associate with the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estates department. He specializes in estate, tax, and charitable planning as well as trust and estate administration. Prior to joining Dorsey & Whitney, Charles was an associate at a Gaw Van Male LLP in Napa, California, where he handled estate and tax planning and estate administration for many of wine country’s notable estates. Charles also previously worked at U.S. Trust where he administered a wide variety of trusts and investments for high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Drawing from this experience, Charles has co-authored a number of articles for journals and industry practice guides.
During law school, Charles served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Scott C. Clarkson and the Honorable Meredith Jury. He also interned with the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, Charles served as Senior Editor and Lead Article Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review. In addition to practicing law, Charles is uniquely interested in the intersection between the law and technology. He is a self-taught programmer and enjoys developing and leveraging systems aimed at delivering legal services on a more efficient and consistent basis for clients. Charles received his J.D., from the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
MARK POWELL, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, Southern California, is a Partner in the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estates Practice Group. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. With more than 20 years’ experience as an estate planner, Mark is uniquely qualified to help families create legacies. In this work, he implements plans that encourage family members to recognize their good fortune, make their own contributions to the family and their communities, and handle the responsibilities of wealth. These plans incorporate state of the art transfer tax strategies. Family philanthropy is often a cornerstone of his plans. He received his J.D., from Mercer University School of Law.