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About Us

Since 1984, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael N. Balikian have concentrated on providing experienced, knowledgeable and innovative solutions and services to a wide variety of individuals, families and businesses, combining a unique blend of expertise in the disciplines of estate planning, business, tax and real estate law.

  • Our firm is founded on the principles of service and integrity.
  • Our goal is to meet the needs of you and your family by providing responsive, high-quality representation in a timely manner.
  • Our team of lawyers and professionals work in daily collaboration to ensure you receive the attention and feedback you deserve.

 

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MICHAEL BALIKIAN

PRINCIPAL

Professional Experience 

Since 1994, attorney Michael N. Balikian has practiced law in the areas of estate planning, post-death estate administration, business formation and representation, real estate and tax. While in law school, Mr. Balikian served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Lynn Compton in the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeals.

Awards

Mr. Balikian has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the Estate Planning category for eight years in a row. Such recognition is limited to five percent of lawyers in each area of law “who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”

Education 
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Masters in Business and Tax
University of Arizona, B.S. in Business Administration

Bar Admissions/Memberships 
State Bar of California
American Bar Association
San Fernando Valley Bar Association

Community Involvement
Founding board member of First Generation Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing financial resources to low-income seniors
Former Vice-President of the local chapter of Gideons International
Former member of the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Foundation Estate and Tax Planning Advisory Committee
Vice-Chair of Planned Giving for the Board of the Arthritis Foundation
Volunteer high school basketball coach
Assistant Scout Master in Boy Scouts of America
Board Member at Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks

DAVID SOLITARE

OF COUNSEL

Professional Experience 
Attorney David A. Solitare is of-counsel to the firm. He has practiced law in the corporate, tax, business, and estate planning arenas since 1984 with particular expertise in tax-sensitive transactions.

Mr. Solitare has a strong background in tax planning for individuals and corporations.  Additionally, he has significant experience in estate planning for high net worth individuals, including drafting wills and trusts.

He also handles post-death estate administration including probates and trust administrations, and business entity formation.

He has represented individuals and companies before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court, and state and local tax agencies. His major projects have included limited partnership and real estate syndication and purchases and sales of closely-held businesses.

Education 
UCLA School of Law, J.D.
UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, M.B.A, Concentration in Finance and Accounting
UCSD, B.A., Economics, Magna Cum Laude 

Bar Admissions/Memberships 
State Bar of California and Taxation Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association and Taxation Section
San Fernando Valley Bar Association

Court Admissions
U.S. Tax Court

SHARON CORYELL

ESTATE PARALEGAL

Professional Experience 
Ms. Coryell has over 25 years experience and concentrates her practice in the areas of probates, conservatorships, guardianships and trust administration.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University and her paralegal certificate from California State University, Los Angeles. M. Coryell is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles Paralegal Association.