Biography

Tony Vecino advises and assists high net worth individuals and families in achieving their wealth transfer, asset preservation, and business succession planning goals, while minimizing exposure to taxes and tending to non-tax objectives.

Behind the technical description of his work, Tony occupies a position of extraordinary trust and responsibility with respect to his clients – helping them protect and build on the fruits of their life’s work and their family legacy. His work is, by definition, multigenerational, often spanning a long continuum of service to the families with whom he works.

Tony also advises individual and institutional fiduciaries and trust and estate beneficiaries regarding estate and trust administrations in both judicial and non-judicial contexts. He provides legal and tax advice relevant to the matters at hand to help these clients understand the issues and processes they face and to prepare them for the decisions they’ll be required to make. He also assists clients with federal gift and estate tax returns, and has substantial experience in successfully resolving tax controversies with the IRS and other taxing authorities.

As a trusted advisor in the family wealth planning context, the foundation of Tony’s role is developing a deep understanding of each family’s overall dynamic as well as the individual personalities to serve as the basis for developing a rapport and lasting working relationship with the various family members. Based on this, he gains a keen understanding of their wealth transfer goals and other concerns and can then advise on strategies to address those objectives.

In doing so, Tony brings his considerable and broad expertise to bear on his clients’ needs. He integrates the family’s goals with his deep knowledge of federal, state, and local tax laws, property tax laws, general business law, and a wide range of sophisticated estate planning strategies and experience with non-tax matters. This expertise provides his clients with a comprehensive understanding of the legal, tax and business issues that impact the goals and specific situations they face to protect what matters most, and plan for their futures.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates (2017-2019)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers in the area of Estate Planning & Probate (2012-2018)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California State Bar Taxation Section Executive Committee, former editor of the California Tax Lawyer
  • past Co-Chair of the Professional Advisors Council of The San Francisco Foundation

Firm Highlights

News

Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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