JOSHUA S. ALIPAZ
Josh practices in the areas of trust and estate administration, corporate and business transactions, nonprofit organizations, estate planning, real estate, contracts and other transactional matters. This typically involves working with families to plan the succession of business or farming operations from one generation to the next, or helping a family administer a trust after the death of a family member. Josh also works with start up companies to plan and form new business structures, and counsels existing businesses for growth and change, considering tax issues, control and other business concerns. Josh has expertise in the organization and operation of nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and has assisted with hundreds of nonprofit start ups, as well as complex regulatory compliance and ongoing operational issues for nonprofits of all size.
While in law school, Josh worked for a boutique Beverly Hills law firm that specialized in tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, public charities, and educational and religious organizations. From this experience, Josh continued his nonprofit practice and has advised nonprofits from startup to national organizations. After law school, Josh came back to the Central Valley and practiced civil litigation with a well-respected litigation firm in Fresno, California. Then, he joined the trust and estates department of the second-largest law firm in the Valley. After twelve years in the big firm environment, Josh and his law partner established the Ainley Alipaz firm to continue to provide expert legal services in a client-focused environment.
Josh was born and raised outside of Visalia, California. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees from Westmont College. Josh lives in Visalia with his wife and a household that includes four teenagers. Outside the office, Josh spends time with his family on the central coast, or building something out of reclaimed wood.
Josh has been recognized by Super Lawyers, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state.
ROBERT T. AINLEY
Bob focuses on the core aspects of wealth building and preservation: business, estate planning, and real estate. He primarily spends his day guiding clients through business formations and operations. His business clients receive a broad range of advisory and transactional services, including shareholder and board actions, contract negotiations and drafting, stock plans and buyouts, and corporate clean ups. He takes a particular interest in entity formation and capital structures, especially start-ups, holding companies, and multi-tiered arrangements utilized for liability protection. Bob’s estate and family business planning services center upon utilizing planning tools, such as wills and trusts, to bring clients’ long-term vision for their families and businesses to fruition. Additionally, he represents executors and trustees as they carry out someone else’s final wishes and navigate the complexities of probate or trust administration. In his real estate practice, Bob represents clients throughout the entire acquisition/disposition process, as well as provides guidance on development projects and reassessment issues, with a particular emphasis on utilizing legal entities for real estate liability protection.
Before “settling down” to practice law at his prior firm out of Fresno, California, Bob led a much different life. He has extensive experience throughout the United States, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He is an expert and published author on international human trafficking issues, including stints with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and International Justice Mission in the Philippines. He assisted with the inception and operation of an Afghan construction joint venture based out of Visalia, California (4C Global). Finally, he served in research, policy, and communications roles for numerous national-level political campaigns in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, including Presidential campaigns, a U.S. Senate campaign in Florida, a U.S. House campaign in Georgia, and a Parliamentary campaign in London.
Coming from a line of cowboys and teachers originating from “the ranch” in Elderwood, California, Bob is a country kid at heart. He was born and raised outside Visalia, California, near the high school where his dad taught and coached for many years. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in International Security from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and bachelor’s degrees from the University of California—Davis. Bob lives in Visalia with his wife Kristin and their newborn daughter. He spends his non-baby-related time outside the office collaborating on interesting commercial development projects with his older brother or being incessantly criticized for how long it takes him to choose what to watch on Netflix.
Bob has been recognized by Super Lawyers, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state.