25 Years




Thomas L. Gotfredson

Of Counsel
Thomas Godfredson

Thomas L. Gotfredson, has over thirty-six years’ experience as a business, real estate and estate planning attorney. Tom’s practice is focused on business and real property law and estate planning.

Tom’s Practice Areas


Real Estate

Trust & Estate

858.551.2440 x331


Jessica Brant
858.551.2440 x318

Paralegal Estate and Tax:
Mari E. Wadsworth
858.551.2440 x329

Bars and Courts
  • California Bar
  • University of Denver, School of Law, JD
  • Northwestern University, BA
  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker (License No. 01032592)


Professional Affiliations
  • Board Member, La Jolla Bar Association
  • La Jolla Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section
  • La Jolla Executive Roundtable
  • North County Estate Planning Council
  • Northwestern University Alumni Association
  • University of Denver Law School Alumni Association


Tom Gotfredson draws on thirty-six years of legal experience to help clients achieve their goals in a timely and responsive manner. He provides thoughtful legal insights on matters pertaining to business and real property law and estate planning based on reasonable and clearly stated fees. His primary source of business is referrals from satisfied clients.

Representative Transactions


Assisted with business formation, purchase, and sale for a variety of businesses, including physicians, audiologists, dentists, contractors, educational consultants, placement firms, film directors, television personalities and entertainers, franchisees, retailers, and off shore entities, providing strategic structural, operational and tax advice.


Represented scientific instrumentation business in IP matters and disputes and assisted in planning and implementation of redemption of founderís shares.


Negotiated forty (40) long term retail leases with a combined value over $80 million with shopping center and mall owners throughout the United States on behalf of expanding national retailer.


Pioneered use of “Disclaimer Trusts” to avoid unnecessary funding of the “B” Decedent’s Trust for estates under the $5.5 MM lifetime exemption amount.


Negotiated and drafted a variety of internet related agreements for e-commerce clients.


Formulated ìdrop and swapî strategy converting LLC membership interests into Tenant-in-Common interests.


Prepared shareholder agreement governing rights and duties concerning buy-sell agreement between shareholders.