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Cindy D. Brittain

Los Angeles – Century City Office

Cindy Brittain is a partner in the firm's Trusts and Estates practice, focusing on domestic and international estate and tax planning. She assists family business members with succession planning and advises her clients on tax mitigation strategies. Cindy partners closely with clients to design efficient plans that satisfy their goals. She advises on the effective use of multi-state jurisdictions for effective state income tax planning. Cindy frequently addresses fiduciary and legal issues that arise during trust administration. Her work with entertainment clients with special assets includes providing creative solutions through advanced planning techniques. Cindy has deep experience in international cross-border planning, advising large global families and their wealth transfer strategies. Her experience bridges private client and cross-border corporate integration. 

Prior to joining Katten, Cindy was the director of Inbound Wealth Advisory and a senior fiduciary officer at an international financial institution, where she assisted clients with their cross-border strategies. She worked with the company's Delaware office to establish foreign trusts with interposed foreign corporations. Cindy also advised on pre-immigration planning, using eligible check-the-box corporations, defective section 351 transactions and non-qualified preferred stock for cost-basis step-up.

Shown below is a selection of Cindy’s engagements.

October 2017
Co-author, Avrahami v. Commissioner, LexisNexis
July 2017
Co-author, Grecian Magnesite Mining, LexisNexis
May 2017
Co-author, Tax Implications of President Trump's Executive Orders, LexisNexis
September 2016
Co-author, Third Party Summons in the Cross-Border Context, LexisNexis
June 2016
Co-author, Country-by-Country Reporting: Do U.S. Multinational Enterprises Have the Most at Risk Under the New Requirements?, LexisNexis
April 2016
Co-author, Can Congress Really Stop Inversions? If So, Should It?, LexisNexis
Author, Line of Sight: Inbound Wealth Planning for the Global Family
November 2015
Author, International Planning, International Academy of Trust & Estates
November 2015
Author, Tax Implications and Discovery Issues in International Divorce, Trust and Estates Quarterly
November 2014
Author, Cross Borders: Planning for Wealth in Motion, Trust & Estates Magazine
February 2014
Author, International Cross-Border Planning, ACTEC-ALI Conference
January 2013
Author, International Cross-Border Planning , NY/Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Conference
November 6, 2017
Presenter | Ethical Considerations for the Cross Border Advisor | 54th Hawaii Tax Institute | Honolulu, Hawaii
July 17, 2017
Presenter | Inbound Planning Techniques | California CPA Society Conference | San Francisco, California
May 4, 2017
Presenter | Ethics of the International Advisor | Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Presentation | Newport Beach, California
December 8, 2016
Presenter | Taxation of Foreign Trusts | Los Angeles Estate Planning Council | Los Angeles, California
October 20, 2016
Presenter | Cross-Border Fiduciary Issues | Procopio Tax Institute | San Diego, California
September 21, 2016
Presenter | Inbound Planning Strategies for Pre-Immigration | Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council | Westlake Village, California
February 2016
Presenter | Advice for Inbound and Outbound Planning (The Peripatetic Executive) | Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council | Santa Barbara, California
January 2016
Presenter | Planning for Chinese and Hong Kong Immigration/Gifting | STEP Presentation | Orange County, California
November 17, 2015
Presenter | Inbound Planning for the Global Family | Orange County Estate Planning Council | Newport Beach, California
November 4, 2015
Presenter | Inbound Planning for the Global Family | 52nd Hawaii Tax Institute | Honolulu, Hawaii
April 23, 2015
Presenter | Income and Estate Tax Issues for NRA Inbound Activities | STEP Presentation | Seattle, Washington
June 2014
Presenter | Income and Estate Tax Issues for NRA Inbound Activities | STEP Presentation | Los Angeles, California
June 2014
Presenter | Facets That Make a Trust | Foreign Trusts Defined | Defining and Managing Trust Fiduciary Accounting Income (Domestic and Foreign Throwback Rules) | Stratford Presentation | National
January 2014
Income and Estate Tax Issues for NRA Inbound Activities | STEP Presentation | Newport Beach, California
Fall 2012
Presenter | Multi-Generational Issues in Estate Planning | Abbott Downing Sponsored Seminars | Los Angeles and Kiawah Island, South Carolina
May 2011
Presenter | Becoming an Excellent Trust Beneficiary | Santa Barbara County Bar Probate Section | Santa Barbara, California
Cindy D. Brittain


  • LLM (Taxation), University of San Diego
  • JD, California Western School of Law
  • BA, The University of North Carolina

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Orange County, Board of Directors
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Tax Committee, Co-Chair
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Opera Santa Barbara, Gifting Committee, Board Member Legal Committee, Chair
  • Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, Advisory Board Member
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara Chapter, Former Pro Bono Attorney
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Former Board Member and Audit Chair
  • Domestic Violence Solutions, Former Pro Bono Attorney
  • Ventura County Estate Planning Council, Past President
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