Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP, for more than 35 years, has represented businesses, entrepreneurs, and their families in all of their corporate and personal matters. The Firm's attorneys share their clients' high standards and are committed to building relationships that their clients can rely upon. To that end, all of the Firm's practice areas are led by attorneys who are AV® Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Tom Ferruzzo AV Preeminent® heads the firm's Business group, a 40-year merger and acquisition practice that has closed transactions exceeding billions of dollars. The group's matters have ranged from the purchase of 31 chemical companies across North America, to the buy/sell of numerous automobile dealerships, as in the Penske/Crevier deal. Mr. Ferruzzo is also experienced in the transfer of time-share management companies, manufacturing and distributing companies, medical practices, and service/construction businesses.
Jim Leese AV Preeminent ® heads the Firm's Trust and Estate group, helping clients understand what transfer, tax, and succession opportunities are available to them and how they can use those opportunities to achieve their objectives. For more than 30 years, Mr. Leese has served clients whose estates range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, he has lectured on estate planning for almost 20 years at UCI Extension.
Jim Barone AV Preeminent ®, has a practice that consists primarily of acting as general counsel to automobile dealerships who do not have the luxury of in-house counsel. He provides advice with regard to a wide variety of legal matters that arise in both sophisticated and day-to-day business operations. With over 30 years of legal experience, Jim personally negotiated and successfully closed dealership transactions with both private and public companies involving an aggregate of $3 billion in sales and an aggregate enterprise value in excess of $1 billion.
John Bradshaw AV Preeminent ®, known as a Lawyer's Lawyer, represents judges, lawyers, and business entities as a member of the business and estate planning groups. A former teacher of advanced estate planning for the American College of Life Underwriters.
Jim Ferruzzo AV Preeminent ® heads the Firm's Civil litigation team with 40 years of complex litigation experience, including more than 150 trials. Mr. Ferruzzo's leadership continues to produce dynamic results and he has an extraordinary reputation for successful outcomes. As recently as the past year, his team has defeated several multimillion-dollar claims against its clients in real estate, partnership, and business disputes.
Nancy Ferruzzo AV Preeminent ®, with an M.B.A. in taxation and 30 years of tax experience, acts as a resource for all of the Firm's practice areas. In her primary practice area of business transactions, her tax advice has saved clients millions of tax dollars with sophisticated acquisition and job venture structures. Her expertise with limited liability companies and complex partnership tax issues has also enabled successful transitions of many businesses from one generation to the next with minimal tax consequences.
Deborah Knefel AV PREEMINENT®, civil litigator Since 1984, was general counsel for over 19 years with the City of Anaheim, California. Successfully litigated hundreds of civil disputes. Trial attorney on 19 jury trials including contracts, public works, land use, redevelopment, labor and employment (disability, gender discrimination and harassment), personal injury and premises liability matters. Defended high profile police officer shootings and use of force.
Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo is one of the 219 law firms in California to have 30% or more of its attorneys rated AV Preeminent ®.