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Stephanie L. Pfaff

Stephanie L. Pfaff


Stephanie L. Pfaff concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactions, real estate, transactional tax planning and real estate tax matters, including all aspects of California documentary transfer tax and property tax, qualified opportunity zones, transactional tax and real estate matters, like-kind exchange transactions, renewable energy projects, including tax equity financings, and formation of tax-exempt organizations.

Areas of FocusReal EstateTax
Bar admissionsCalifornia


Stephanie has a broad-range practice representing clients in transactional matters.  She has experience in negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, real estate joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, and limited liability company agreements.  Stephanie provides transactional leadership and support for real estate acquisitions and dispositions, renewable energy projects, including diligence review and project management for large portfolio deals.  Stephanie regularly advises clients on California documentary transfer tax and property tax matters, qualified opportunity zone matters including qualified opportunity fund structuring and related advising, like-kind exchange transactions, and advises clients on state and local California tax matters, including sales and use tax, franchise tax, and withholding matters.   

Stephanie also advises clients in transactional tax and real estate matters for estate planning trusts and family-owned businesses, private foundations, and public charities.

Stephanie's background as corporate counsel allows her to bring a client perspective to each client matter, as well as giving her the ability to analyze multiple issues surrounding her clients' transactional needs.

  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego School of Law
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California at San Diego
    with honors


  • Taxpayers take note - first important QOZ program investment date is 12/31/2019, 3 December 2019

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Stephanie was corporate counsel for a San Diego-based real estate developer, also serving as vice president and corporate secretary. During her time in-house, she was responsible for the integrity of the company’s corporate structure, including the drafting and negotiating of LLC agreements, partnership agreements, bylaws and inter-company agreements. Stephanie worked directly with the company’s board of directors on the ongoing strategy of the company’s corporate structure to meet its long-term goals, successfully drafting all documentation related to the restructuring of the company under the supervision of the general counsel. As corporate secretary, she oversaw the corporate governance and compliance of the company.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California 
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA)
  • CLA Tax Section - Real Property Section, and Trusts and Estates Section
  • CLA Tax Section - Corporate and Pass-through Entities Committee
  • San Diego County Bar Association