Professional Biography
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Paula Leibovitz Goodwin Partner

  • San Francisco

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    San Francisco

    505 Howard Street, Suite 1000

    San Francisco, CA 94105-3204




Paula Leibovitz Goodwin has over 30 years of experience helping individuals and families plan and administer their estates. Exceedingly knowledgeable of California’s unique issues, Paula takes into account the state’s high income taxes, property tax rules and community property structure, along with the federal estate and gift tax, when helping her clients structure their estate plans. Paula emphasizes preventing conflict in the next generation and keeping families intact. Many of Paula's clients have relied upon her personalized counsel and guidance for more than a decade, a reflection of the depth of Paula’s dedication to clients and practice excellence.

Paula's estate planning practice includes preparing trusts, wills, power of attorneys, retirement and life insurance beneficiary forms, and federal gift tax return preparation. Her decedent administration practice includes postmortem trust administration, probates and federal estate tax return preparation. Paula has also counseled high-profile clients on successful charitable and lifetime gift planning. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and a Certified Specialist in Taxation as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Paula taught income tax of property transactions to accountants and lawyers for more than 15 years in the graduate program at Golden Gate University. She has served as president of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and the East Bay Estate Planning Council. Paula regularly speaks on estate planning and the estate and gift tax.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked Band 3 in Private Wealth Law, Northern California by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), 2018 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018 - 2022: Trusts and Estates
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2005, 2008 - 2014, 2016 - 2021
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Golden Gate University School of Taxation

Professional Leadership

  • East Bay Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, Past President
  • State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission, Past Committee Member

Community Involvement

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Hastings Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • City of Orinda’s Finance Advisory Committee, Former Board Member
  • Orinda Community Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Educational Foundation of Orinda, Former President
  • Orinda Intermediate School Parents Club, Former President
  • Del Rey Elementary School Parents Club, Former President

Related Employment

  • Golden Gate University School of Taxation, Past Senior Adjunct Professor




Bar and Court Admissions

  • California


  • UC Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • University of Colorado Boulder, B.A.