Estate Planning & Tax Associate 0 to 5 Years — LL.M. in Tax Required (In-Person)

Mullen & Henzell L.L.P. in Santa Barbara, California is seeking a skilled and highly motivated Estate Planning Attorney with a tax background to join our Estate Planning group. Candidates must have an LL.M. degree in Taxation. This is an exceptional opportunity to practice estate and tax planning at a high level while enjoying the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

Our team of estate and tax planning attorneys are experienced in complex and sophisticated trust and tax matters. As an associate at Mullen & Henzell, you will be paired with a Supervising Partner based on your experience and interests who will help your practice develop and flourish.

We are accepting applications to join our elite estate planning team. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Please send materials to Brian Daly at and use “Estate & Tax Attorney – [Your Name]” in the subject line.


  1. Advise clients on estate planning with a focus on tax strategies, including GRATs, QPRTs, IDGTs, CRUTs, CLATs, ILITs, and SLA(N)Ts.
  2. Conduct thorough legal research on tax and California trust laws and draft legal memoranda analyzing proposed transactions.
  3. Collaborate with CPAs, financial advisors, and attorneys to identify tax-efficient structures for estate and business planning.
  4. Handle post-death trust administrations and probates.


  1. Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school and an LL.M. degree in Taxation.
  2. Admitted to practice law in California and in good standing — (Admittance in additional states such as Nevada, Delaware, or Wyoming is a plus).
  3. Strong knowledge of federal tax laws.
  4. Experience drafting complex estate planning documents.
  5. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Strong work ethic and professionalism.
  7. Ability to meet billable hour expectations and work in-person at our downtown Santa Barbara office.

Compensation and Benefits: The compensation (base annual salary plus an incentive bonus plan) range for our 1 to 3 year associates is $135,000 to $220,000, depending on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law.  A full-time associate is also eligible for the following firm benefits: vacation, sick time, medical insurance, dental insurance, Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) plan and profit-sharing contributions. Mullen & Henzell L.L.P. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Work with the best! Our firm was voted “Best Law Firm” in 2021, 2022 and 2023 in the SB Independent Readers’ Poll.

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