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SAN DIEGO (July 24, 2023): Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP (HFM) is proud to welcome the firm’s newest partner, Stephanie L. Pfaff, effective July 17, 2023. Pfaff will practice as a part of HFM’s Tax Law Practice Group.

Pfaff has over a decade of experience working on various tax and real estate related transactions primarily focusing on transactional tax planning and real estate tax matters, including all aspects of California documentary transfer tax and property tax, qualified opportunity zones, like-kind exchange transactions, and renewable energy tax credits. In addition, Pfaff’s practice includes advising tax-exempt and nonexempt nonprofit organizations and closely held businesses and advising clients in transactional tax and real estate matters for estate planning trusts and family-owned businesses.

“Stephanie is an exceptional attorney, with extensive experience handling all types of tax matters,” said Jim Peterson, HFM’s Managing Partner. “Her significant understanding of tax law and her client-focused approach will make Stephanie a tremendous asset to our Tax Law Practice Group and our firm.”

Prior to joining HFM, Pfaff practiced at global law firm DLA Piper LLP (US). Earlier in her career, she served as corporate counsel for The Corky McMillin Companies, a San Diego-based real estate developer, which gives her a unique client-side perspective and the ability to analyze multiple issues surrounding her clients’ transactional needs. Pfaff earned both a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. She previously also earned a Paralegal Certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

About Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Higgs Fletcher & Mack is a full-service law firm that serves diverse individuals and industries. For over 80 years, the firm has worked tirelessly with companies and people that need legal counsel and representation in and out of the courtroom. Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s over 70 attorneys have experience in multiple fields of law, and its internal network of legal professionals frequently coordinate in practice area groups that have multi-disciplinary dimensions, helping clients make a more informed decision. The firm is actively recruiting partner-level talent in complimentary practice areas to provide legal expertise in the San Diego region and beyond.