Christy L. Lewis-Traut, Esq., LL.M. is a premier estate, tax, and business planning attorney in Orange County, California. Her practice is primarily focused on developing and implementing advanced estate and tax planning techniques for high net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients and providing business and tax planning representation to closely-held businesses. Ms. Lewis-Traut is licensed to practice law in California and is admitted to practice before the United States Federal Court.
During her career, Ms. Lewis-Traut has developed and implemented advanced planning techniques for numerous high net-worth clients, co-authored an article published in the August 2012 edition of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Real Estate Journal, has been a guest speaker at various financial planning and tax seminars, and has provided pro-bono services to clients with special needs.
Ms. Lewis-Traut earned her Juris Doctor at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where she was admitted as a merit scholar and twice honored with the prestigious CALI Excellence for the Future award for receiving the highest grade in her law school coursework. After law school, Ms. Lewis-Traut completed extensive post-graduate coursework in Federal Income Tax, Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Tax Ethics, Tax Procedure, Federal Tax Accounting, Corporate Tax, Real Estate and Partnership Tax, and Taxation of Trusts and Beneficiaries. In 2015, Ms. Lewis-Traut obtained the prestigious Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree from Chapman University’s nationally ranked Tax LL.M. program.
Prior to law school, Ms. Lewis-Traut earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and spent five years running a successful real estate business where she represented clients in commercial and residential sales and finance and successfully closed millions of dollars in real estate transactions.
Ms. Lewis-Traut served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Orange County for four years, during which she served as board chair, chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, and was a member of the C.A.R.E.S, Investment, and Board Advancement Committees. She is also a member of the Chapman University Endowment Council. In her spare time, Ms. Lewis-Traut enjoys traveling, riding her horse (Prince), and spending quality time with her husband, family, and dogs – Gracie and Mac.
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Federal Court, Central District of California
- L.LM., Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
- J.D., Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA