Louis Friedman – Modesto Estate Planning Attorney

Louis Friedman |

Gianelli | Friedman | Jeffries PLC

(209) 579 - 3279


1014 16th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Louis Friedman | Gianelli | Friedman | Jeffries PLC


Firm Summary

Louis “Lou” Friedman joined Gianelli | Friedman | Jeffries in 2012. Lou’s law practice emphasizes the areas of Estate Planning, Finance, Business Organization, Succession Planning, Charitable Gifting and Asset Protection. He believes in giving his clients innovative solutions for their legal issues.

Lou served at the E. & J. Gallo Winery for 25 years, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has held senior positions at multiple law and accounting firms.

Lou has vast experience advising family owned and closely held companies. He has spent decades working in this field as a CPA, attorney, and senior officer of a family-owned business. He can help your family in creating a successful transition, including saving taxes, preserving family harmony, developing potential leaders, and furthering your charitable objectives. The goal is to either keep the business functioning well as a family asset or develop a comprehensive exit strategy that will maximize value.

Lou is very involved in our community. Some of his local positions have included the Stanislaus Community Foundation where he is a Director and serves on the Finance and Grants committees, the Gallo Center for the Arts, where he was a Director and Treasurer for 10 years and now serves on the Finance Committee as well as a Trustee. Lou is a Past President of Modesto Rotary Club; he served as a Trustee and Chair of the Sylvan Unified School District.

Lou received his B.S. from Arizona State University with Honors in 1960, his LLB from Loyola University (Los Angeles), and his LLM in Taxation from New York University. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1967 and the California bar in 1974. Prior to joining Gianelli, he worked with Gallo Winery and as a CPA for the accounting firms of Price Waterhouse and Deloitte, and with another Modesto law firm.

He is admitted in good standing to all of the courts of California and is a member of the New York Bar, as well as being a member of the American Bar Association, ABA Tax Section, The Stanislaus County Bar Association, the Stanislaus Estate Planning Council and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.