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Brian Steadman is a member of the firm’s management committee and focuses his practice in the areas of tax planning, estate planning, business planning and asset protection. Brian has extensive experience in assisting clients with all areas of tax, estate, and charitable planning, including: wills, revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, special needs trusts, trust decanting, gift trusts for children and grandchildren, generation-skipping trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained income trusts, private and supporting foundations, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.

Brian has assisted clients in their business planning needs, including: advising clients with respect to limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, buy-sell agreements and succession planning. In connection with assisting clients with their estate, gift and family business goals, he has assisted clients with respect to asset protection planning, including: the establishment and maintenance of Nevada Asset Protection Trusts (also known as Nevada Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts), family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations.

Additionally, Brian regularly represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters and handles all aspects of probate and trust administration.


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Juris Doctorate – 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Emphasis in Business Law
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Bachelor of Arts – 2003
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Business


  • A Stroll Through the Multiverse of Trusts, Deloitte DWealth Legal Presentation, October 2023

  • Using Trusts in the Modern Wild West, JP Morgan, 2023
  • Using Trusts in the Modern Wild West, STEP OC Conference, 2023
  • Estate Planning and Asset Protection – presentation, 2023
  • Estate Planning Basics – presentation, Nathan Adelson Hospice,
    2022 & 2024
  • Grantor Trusts, Trusts 101 Seminar, National Business Institute, November 2020
  • Taking the First Step: Filing an Estate in Probate Court, Probate Process from Start to Finish Seminar, National Business Institute, December 2019
  • Asset Protection: Are Special Needs Trust’s Assets Protected from the Beneficiary’s Creditors, Academy of Special Needs Planners, 2018
  • Tax Reporting and Post-Mortem Tax Matters, National Business Institute, October 2018
  • Probate Hands-On! Seminar, National Business Institute, May 2018
  • Basic Understanding of the Probate Process and Postmortem Tax Planning Needed in Probate – presentation, Southern Nevada Chapter of CPAs, 2017
  • Tax Reporting and Post-Mortem Planning; Probate Disputes and Litigation, National Business Institute, 2016

  • Grantor Trust Rules – presentation, Financial Advisors and CPAs, 2015

  • Grantor Trust Rules – presentation, Southern Nevada Chapter of CPAs, 2015

  • First Steps; Post-Mortem Planning and Trust Administration, National Business Institute, 2015

  • Probate Boot Camp Seminar, National Business Institute, December 2015
  • Top Estate Planning Techniques Seminar, National Business Institute, February 2013


  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada, Probate and Trust Section
  • State Bar of Nevada, Tax Section, Tax Specialization Committee
  • STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council


  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada


  • Contributor, Succession Planning in Nevada: Passing the Baton, Nevada Business Magazine, April 1, 2024
  • Author, Five Things to Know about Trusts, Communique, January 2024
  • Co-author, Clarity from Klabacka: Nevada Supreme Court upholds spendthrift protection, WealthManagement.com, August 24, 2017
  • Co-author and Chapter Contributor, Inside the Minds: Family and Business Succession Planning, 2015 ed., Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business, 2015
  • Small Business Succession Opportunities, Nevada Business, November 2014

Pro-bono activities

  • Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc, Board of Directors (2021–present)
  • UNLV Foundation, Board of Directors (2022–present)
  • Nathan Adelson Hospice, Planned Giving Committee Member (2015–present)



  • Estate & Tax Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Trust & Estate Administration
  • Charitable and Foundation Planning and Operations
  • Asset Protection
  • Probate


  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Trusts and Estates (2023 & 2024), Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (2024)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2018-2023)
  • Top Rank Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2022-2023)
  • Legal Elite, Silver State’s Top Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2015, 2018, 2020)
  • Rated “Good” on Avvo