Autumn Ronda

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Autumn Ronda is an attorney in the Tax and Wealth Planning Department of Valensi Rose, PLC. Autumn specializes in designing and implementing sophisticated estate planning strategies for her clients. 

She also handles complex trust and probate administration matters, and practices in a wide range of other transactional areas, including income tax planning, international tax planning, charitable planning, and business and real estate transactions.

Autumn is designated as a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California.  Having earned her M.B.A. and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation in addition to her law degree, Autumn has exceptional insight into the business concerns of her clients, allowing her to act not only as a legal and tax advisor, but also as a strategic business partner.

Autumn was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she taught the law school’s course in Estate Planning. In addition to teaching, Autumn regularly writes for legal publications and is a speaker at prestigious legal conferences.

Autumn was the recipient of the 2017 Beverly Hills Bar Association Board of Governors Award. Autumn was designated a “Rising Star” among Southern California lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor received by only 2.5 percent of lawyers under age 40.  Autumn was included in the Los Angeles Magazine’s September 2015 edition as a Top 50 Up-and-Coming female attorney in Southern California.

Autumn was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of “Best Lawyers in America” for her contributions to the Trust and Estates community. She was also honored at the 2014 Los Angeles Business Journal’s "Women Making a Difference" Awards.

Throughout her academic and professional careers, Autumn has consistently served in leadership roles. Autumn served as a Board Member of Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles, where she led the Planned Giving Committee.

She also served on the board of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section for many years, acting as its Chairperson in 2016. In addition, Autumn served as President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Barristers, Chair of the State Bar of California’s Young Tax Lawyers Committee, and Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Young Tax Lawyers Committee.

Autumn understands the importance of giving back to her community, and participates in many pro bono activities. She founded and chaired the BHBA Barristers Pro Bono Committee, which interfaces with local legal organizations to facilitate joint programming, connecting those members of her community who are in need of free legal services with attorneys looking to serve in a pro bono capacity. She also served as the Chair of the BHBA Barristers Wills for Heroes Committee, a national project that provides complimentary basic estate planning documents to first responders.

Additionally, Autumn designed a program that provides basic estate planning services to low-income persons affected by HIV & AIDS through the Los Angeles County Bar Association AIDS Legal Services Project. 

Autumn regularly volunteers her time as a mentor to college and law students, new attorneys, and other young persons. Autumn founded and chaired the BHBA Barristers Mentorship Committee, and designed the BHBA’s formal Mentorship Program.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Tax and Wealth Planning Group
  • Entertainment Group
  • Business and Finance Group

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • State Bar of California, Admitted 2007, State Bar No. 249005
    Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • United States Tax Court, Admitted 2011

EDUCATION:

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, Master of Laws in Taxation, With High Distinction, 2009
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, Master of Business Administration, Concentration in Finance, 2006
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctor, 2006
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, 2002

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • "The Big Picture: Coordinating Estate Planning with Retirement Benefits,” Los Angeles Estate Counselors Forum, Presenter (March 2016)
  • “How to Raise the Bar Through Online Communities and Personal Relationships,” National Conference of Bar Presidents Mid-Year Meeting, Presenter (February 2016)
  • “Coordinating Estate Planning with Retirement Benefits,” 2014 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, Presenter (November 2014)
  • “The Requirement and Development of Mentorship Programs for New & Young Lawyers,” American Bar Association Teleconference, Presenter (April 2014)
  • “Careers in Estate Planning,” UCLA, Presenter (January 2013)
  • “Wealth Transfer Strategies in a Low Interest Rate Environment,” CalCPA Estate Planning Committee, Presenter (August 2012)
  • “GRATs & CLATs – It’s Now or Never,” Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, Presenter (November 2011)
  • “Ethical Issues of Estate Planning,” CalCPA Estate Planning Committee, Presenter (January 2011)
  • “How to Develop an Estate Planning Practice – a Guide for Young Professionals,” Los Angeles County Bar Association Young Tax Lawyers and Los Angeles Chapter of CalCPA’s Emerging Professionals, Presenter (August 2010)

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles – Board Member (2014 – 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section – Chair (2015 – 2016); Board Member (2011 – 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Barristers Board of Governors – President (2013 – 2014); Board Member (2009 – 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation – Board Member (2012 – 2014)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Board of Governors – Board Member (2011 – 2015)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee – Founder; Chair (2012 – 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Mentorship Committee – Founder; Chair (2012 – 2016)
  • Wills for Heroes Foundation – California Chair (2010 – present)
  • California Society of CPAs, Estate Planning Committee – Board Member (2011 – 2013)
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Young Tax Lawyers Committee – President (2010 – 2015); Board Member (2008 – 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar, Taxation Section, Young Tax Lawyers Committee – President (2010 – 2015); Board Member (2008 – 2016)