Schiff Hardin LLP, San Francisco
Michael Burnstein is a partner in the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP. Mr.Burnstein served as the first law clerk (styled attorney-advisor) for the Honorable Maurice B. Foley of the United States Tax Court during the yearswhen the Tax Court decided the first Section 2036 family limited partnership case. In 2002, he received an LL.M in Taxation from New York University. He practiced law in the area of estate planning and charitable giving in the Manhattan office of a prominent New York law firm before returning to California in late 2002.Mr. Burnsteinís practice continues to focus on wealth planning for high net worth individuals and families as well as advising nonprofit organizations. Mr. Burnstein serves as an adjunct professor of law in Golden Gate Universityís LL.M program in Taxation, where he has taught Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving and Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates. He has authored a chapter in CEBís California Estate Planning treatise, and he updates and edits two other chapters in CEB publications. Mr. Burnstein currently serves as a member of the Trusts and Estates Executive Committee of the State Bar (TEXCOM) and as the President of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council. He is a frequent lecturer on topics of interest to the estate planning and charitable giving community.