J. Virginia Peiser creates and implements specialized legal strategies for her clients’ tax,
estate planning and business needs to minimize tax and to maximize the wealth they
pass to the next generation. Virginia is a Certified Legal Specialist both in Taxation Law
and Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law.
Virginia represents investors and owners of closely held businesses in tax, estate
planning, business and real estate matters. Since 1975, she has represented clients in
tax controversies and in planning specialized tax strategies, formed business entities
and served as business counsel, prepared wills and revocable and irrevocable trusts,
and provided representation in trust administration, probate matters and real estate
Virginia has an AV rating (the highest) from the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell
Law Directory. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa
County Bar Association Taxation Section since 1988, and has served four separate
terms as Chair of the Taxation Section. Virginia is a a regular lecturer in the areas of tax
and estate planning, and has published numerous articles in these fields.
She received my Juris Doctor degree with honors from Hastings College of the Law,
and her LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law. Upon graduation
from law school, Virginia based her practice in San Francisco. In 1978, she opened her
own law firm in San Francisco in order to represent business owners and investors in
their tax, business, and real estate matters. In 1987, she moved her tax and estate
planning practice to Contra Costa County, and in September, 2018, joined the law firm
of Doyle Quane Freeman in Danville, California.
Virginia’s practice is focused on tax and estate planning matters for business owners
and real property investors.
She have served for years as a director, officer and member of community, service and
professional groups in San Francisco and in the East Bay area. Virginia lives in Orinda
with her husband Michael. Her son Jason and daughter Erica both live and work in the
Taxation, Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Business Entity Formation
University of Chicago, A.B.
Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
Advanced Law Degree:
Golden Gate University, LL.M. in Taxation
Hastings Law Review Associate Editor
Order of the Coif
“The ‘SPIN’ on Corporate Spin-Offs,” Contra Costa Lawyer, September 2017.
“You’ve Got (IRS) Mail! What Happens When Your Tax Return is Chosen for Audit,”
Costa Lawyer, March 2015.
“Tax Aspects of Health Care Reform,” Contra Costa Lawyer, July/August 2010.
Recent Lectures and Programs:
“Taxing Matters: Selected Issues in the Tax Act,” Council of Business Advisors, August
“Preserve the Value of Your Business: Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners,”
Council of Business Advisors, November 10, 2016.
“IRS Collections: Options for Unpaid Tax Liabilities,” Council of Business Advisors, July
“The Tax Man Cometh: Tax Audits and Bankruptcy,” Contra Costa County Bar
Association, MCLE Spectacular, November 21, 2014.
“An Estate Planning Guide for the Perplexed,” Council of Business Advisors, May 8,
“Spellbound: the GRTs and CRTs of Estate Tax Reduction,” California Society of CPAs
– East Bay Chapter, September 18, 2012.
California State Bar Association
Contra Costa Bar Association
Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley