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Stephanie S.  Downer

Stephanie S. Downer

Of Counsel

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Stephanie S. Downer is a member of the Tax, Benefits, & Estate Planning practice group in Buchalter’s San Diego office. She primarily focuses her practice on estate planning, wealth transfer planning, trust administration, and probate law. Ms. Downer has more than 13 years of experience representing families and business owners in all aspects of estate planning including revocable living trust plans, gift and estate tax planning with irrevocable trusts, charitable gift planning, property tax planning, and trust administration.

Ms. Downer is a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Approximately five percent of California’s attorneys are certified as specialists by the State Bar of California. She is also on the Estates and Trusts Council for the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and a member of the North County Estate Planning Council and Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • New York University
Areas of Practice

Corporate Law | Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning


Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Moves to Lowest COVID Tier in California, Begins Process of Reopening Non-Essential Offices; Other Bay Area Counties Slower to Follow
Buchalter, November 2020

On October 20, 2020, San Francisco County was upgraded to the “minimal” tier within the California COVID-19 tracking system, meaning it has the fewest restrictions on reopening all businesses as promulgated by the State of California. In order to qualify for the “minimal” tier, a county must have an infection rate of less than one daily new positive COVID case per 100,000 residents and have a positive test rate of less than 2% for two consecutive weeks...

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