Although the firm has a long history in Santa Barbara, our lawyers and their practices reflect sophisticated legal skills on par with much larger national firms. In fact, many of our lawyers joined the firm after practicing at national firms. Seed Mackall attorneys provide experienced counseling to clients in business transactions and litigation not only in Santa Barbara, but throughout California.The firm was founded in 1977 by Harris Seed and John Mackall. By using intelligent growth strategies consistent with its high standards, Seed Mackall has been able to provide cost-effective representation with unparalleled commitment to excellence and client satisfaction. Seed Mackall represents clients in a wide range of areas, including complex business and real estate transactions, estate planning, and business dispute resolution and litigation.
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Seed Mackall has a long history and reputation for excellence in the estate planning area.
Our goal is to have a complete understanding of, and in-depth relationship with, our estate planning clients. Once we understand a client's values and goals, we then attempt to draft an individualized estate plan for that particular client.
The firm provides a full range of estate planning services. We prepare wills, trusts and all the related documents that a client may need to develop a comprehensive estate plan. Our purpose is to assist the family in implementing its values and goals relating to the transfer and control of family wealth. Within the framework of an overall estate plan, we attempt to use various estate planning devices to reduce the tax impacts of the current and constantly changing U.S. estate and gift tax system. The firm handles the administration of all aspects of probate and trust administration for decedents. Additionally, the firm is counsel to a number of non-profit organizations, both private and public.
While our estate planning lawyers have substantial expertise, we also understand the value of working closely with our clients and their other advisors, including their accountants, financial planners and insurance agents. Thus, the firm attempts to assemble or be part of an advisory team for a client, as necessary.
The firm's estate planning lawyers represent clients before various taxing authorities. We believe that we have built a strong reputation of credibility with these taxing authorities.
John R. Mackall, a founding partner in Seed Mackall LLP, has practiced law in Santa Barbara for more than 35 years. Mr. Mackall divides his time between estate planning and consultation with respect to business matters.
Mr. Mackall served as Chair of the Cottage Health System Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors for two publicly traded banks: Pacific Capital Bank (acquired by Union Bank in 2012) and City Commerce Bank (acquired by Midstate Bank). He is involved with UCSB as Chair of the Director's Council for the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics. He is also President of the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation in Santa Barbara. In 1994, he founded iGo.com, which went public in 1999 and then was acquired by Mobility Electronics in 2001.
Mr. Mackall graduated from Harvard University in 1971, cum laude, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University Law School in 1973, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.
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Peter A. Umoff
Peter A. Umoff obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas. He started his legal career in Los Angeles in 1979 and moved to Santa Barbara in 1984. He was a partner in one of the largest law firms in Santa Barbara before becoming in-house counsel and vice president of one of Santa Barbara's largest employers. Mr. Umoff joined Seed Mackall as a partner in 1992 to create and manage the firm's litigation department, of which he is still chairman.
He has an extensive background in business and real estate litigation and transactional work and has represented a wide variety of businesses in various fields, including telecommunications, development and construction, restaurant and resort development and management, banking and trust services, publishing, investment, and retail. Mr. Umoff provides not only litigation services to the firm's clients, he serves as business advisor to a large number of clients who rely on his business background and acumen as well as his litigation experience to help them avoid litigation or enhance their litigation position through pre-litigation planning. Mr. Umoff also heads up the firm's employment practice area where he again brings both his business and his litigation experience and skills to bear for the benefit of the firm's clients.
Nicholas J. Schneider
Nicholas J. Schneider received his B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara with highest honors in 1985 and his J.D. from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1992.
Mr. Schneider assists large and small clients with all stages of the business life cycle, from start-up to exit strategies. As part of his practice, he advises clients on alternative ways to raise capital, compensate employees, and buy and sell businesses, among other issues. Additionally, Mr. Schneider has a substantial estate planning practice. As part of his practice, he works closely with individuals and small business owners to coordinate their business and estate planning goals. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Schneider was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche in Orange County, California.
In addition to his law and accounting careers, Mr. Schneider has extensive teaching experience in business, finance, tax, accounting and law, at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, as well as national CPA candidate review programs. Mr. Schneider became a partner of Seed Mackall LLP in 2003.
Evan T. Pickering
Evan T. Pickering received his Juris Doctor in 2010 from the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as a contributing editor on the Michigan Law Review. Mr. Pickering received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 2003.
Mr. Pickering's practice encompasses a range of corporate matters, including venture capital, securities law, debt, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He has represented both start-up and established companies in equity offerings, corporate reorganizations, secured and unsecured credit financings, asset sales, and various other transactions. Mr. Pickering has also spent significant time counseling clients with respect to regulatory compliance and reporting issues.
Prior to joining Seed Mackall LLP in 2014 as an associate, Mr. Pickering worked in the corporate departments of both O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP in San Francisco and served as a legal intern to Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Barton E. Clemens, Jr.
Barton E. Clemens, Jr. graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978, where he received the Distinguished Advocate Award from the Moot Court Honors Program. Mr. Clemens joined Seed Mackall LLP as a partner in 1996.
Mr. Clemens' practice emphasizes real estate, financial and business transactions. He represents a variety of companies involved in real estate acquisition, ownership, financing and development. He also represents institutional and private lenders and has substantial experience in structuring financial transactions and handling workouts of troubled loans.
Mr. Clemens' approach to real estate and financial transactions is very practical and bottom line oriented. A large number of his clients ask him to function like a principal in their business, negotiating deal points and making costs/benefit analyses. With 35 years of experience in the real estate and financial markets in Santa Barbara, he brings considerable background knowledge and expertise to the transactions in which he is involved.
Thomas N. Harding
Thomas N. Harding received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1981, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Harding received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1984, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the International Tax and Business Lawyer.
Mr. Harding's practice emphasizes business transactions, primarily mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses and private offerings of securities for corporations and other business entities. He also counsels businesses and individuals with respect to ongoing business affairs, including contract issues, technology licensing, employment agreements, stock option and other employee benefit plans, and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Seed Mackall LLP as a partner in 1991, Mr. Harding was a lawyer in the Corporations Department of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles. He is the managing partner of the firm.
Alan D. Condren
Alan D. Condren graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Mr. Condren received his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 1993. His practice emphasizes litigation in a wide variety of areas, including trusts and estates, bankruptcy, real estate, intellectual property, telecommunications, and general commercial areas.
Mr. Condren became a partner of Seed Mackall LLP in 2003.