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Michael H. Starler has considerable experience representing high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. Michael's clients benefit from his guidance and practical approach to structuring integrated estate plans, business entities and business transactions, drawing on his more than 40 years experience involving a wide variety of legal matters. Michael's practice focuses on sophisticated estate planning, including use of family limited partnerships and family limited liability companies, business succession planning, and individual, corporate and partnership tax. He also has substantial experience in tax controversy matters, complex business transactional law (e.g. taxable and non-taxable mergers and acquisitions), corporate law, entertainment law, private charitable foundations, partnership and limited liability law, real estate law, executive deferred compensation (qualified and non-qualified), and premarital and postnuptial agreements.


  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Partnership Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements


Recognition & Leadership

  • Certified specialist, taxation law, State Bar of California of Legal Specialization, 1985 - Present
  • Member, State Bar of California (Business Law, Taxation, and Trust and Estates Sections)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Business Corporations, IPEL, Taxation and Trusts & Estates Sections)
  • Member, Law Review, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Century City Bar Association


  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego School of Law, 1983
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1975
  • B.S., California State University, Northridge, 1972
  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court
Admitted in California. Not admitted in Nevada.