Golden Gate Bridge Professionals - John C. Suttle

John C. Suttle

John C. Suttle

Stanford University, B.A., 1969; University of California at Berkeley, M.B.A., 1973, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1980 Order of the Coif; Golden Gate University, LL.M., 1983

Practice Areas:
Taxation; Estate Planning; Probate; Trust Administration; Business Law

State Bar of California; American Bar Association.

1980, California

San Francisco Office
One Front Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 781-0250
Atherton Office
162 Toyon Road
Atherton, CA 94027
(650) 327-7800

Mr. Suttle's law practice spans more than twenty-five years and is focused in the areas of estate and trust planning, probate administration, tax and business counseling for high net worth individuals, representation of clients before the IRS and other taxing authorities, and retirement planning under ERISA.

Mr. Suttle began his career as a tax practitioner with the international CPA firm, Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche, LLP), where he practiced from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Suttle then embarked on a law career at the San Francisco-based firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop LLP), where he specialized in estate and retirement planning, as well as tax and general corporate law. Mr. Suttle left Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in 1982 to establish his own law firm, where he has continued to practice law to the present day. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Suttle has remained an accounting practitioner, and is the senior, name partner of the accounting firm, Suttle & Co.

Professional Affiliations and Community Activities
Mr. Suttle was a member (and past Chairman) of the Advisory Board for the Professional Accounting Program ("PAP") at the Haas School of Business from 1986 to 1997. In addition, Mr. Suttle is a member of the Taxation, and the Estate Planning and Probate Subcommittees of the California State Bar Association.

Mr. Suttle has been an instructor in taxation at a number of institutions, including the Haas School of Business, Golden Gate University and California State University at Hayward. Mr. Suttle also lectures extensively before professionals, including lawyers, accountants, insurance specialists and stockbrokers.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Suttle has been active in youth sports activities as a baseball coach in the Menlo-Atherton Little League and as a soccer coach in AYSO. He is also a member of the Planned Giving Committee of Menlo School.


  • Creating Your Own Retirement Plan - A Guide to Keoghs & IRAs for the Self-Employed, Nolo Press, February 2001, Editions 1-2 (co-authored with Dr. Twila L. Slesnick).
  • Advising California Partnerships, Third Edition, CEB, 1999, contributing author.
  • IRAs, 401(k)s and Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out, Nolo Press, October 1998, Editions 1-7 (co-authored with Dr. Twila L. Slesnick).
  • Selecting and Forming Business Entities, CEB, 1997, contributing author.
  • California Decedent Estate Practice 1 & 2, CEB, 1997, contributing author.
  • "Impact of S.B. 141 on Valuation Discounts for Interests in California LLCs," California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, fall 1996 (co-authored with Mark M. Tucker, Esq.).
  • "LLCs in Estate Planning," California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Summer and fall 1995.
  • "A Guide to the Minimum Distribution Regulations under Section 401(a)(9)," The New England Law Journal, 1988 (co-authored with Dr. Twila L. Slesnick and Stephen Whitney, Esq.).
  • "Taxation of Patents and Know How - Problems, Pitfalls and Planning Opportunities," The Tax Advisor, 1977 (co-authored with Steve Cohen. Esq.).

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