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Monthly Membership Meeting

March 05, 2019
7:15 AM to 9:00 AM
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Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
15150 San Dieguito Rd.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

The North County Estate Planning Council - San Diego, welcomes you to our March Meeting where we will continue our Business Exit Planning Series with a presentation led by Robert (Bob) Cochran of Sheppard Mullin, our expert M&A Attorney Guide, and Keith Troutman of Squar Milner, tax CPA and experienced dealmaker, presenting on:

“It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over!: How do you Sell your Business and Hang on to the Price?”

  • You’ve sold your business and taken a deep breath and now here comes the Tax Collector with his hand out and, what’s this, the buyer too? How do you sell your business and hang onto the price?
  • We’ve explored getting the business ready for sale, which includes the essentials of pre-taxation income tax and estate planning, transaction readiness, using experienced advisors, and nailing down important economic deal terms in the letter of intent.

  • Today we’ll focus on what a seller should consider in negotiating the sale of his business to minimize or defer taxes, obtaining liquidity at closing, and techniques that will put the seller in the driver’s seat in handling post-closing tax issues, shift taxes to the buyer and reduce the probability of the seller facing and paying expensive indemnification claims after the closing.  

Please invite your Business Clients: the Wisdom, Experience and Expertise that Bob and Keith will share will be INVALUABLE.

Come as Early as You Can, 7:00AM, to enjoy the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club and the networking opportunities with council members.

The Guest Fee is $30.00.

If you would like to Sponsor a Meeting, contact Bill Super or Carlee Harmonson. See below for our Upcoming Events for previews of what is coming in future months., and full biographies of our speakers.

We will also have out Hot Topic Ladies presenting on Current Developments:

  • Catherine Swafford, Esq., Withers Bergman
  • Kristan Sheppard, Esq., Goodwin Brown
  • Roberta Robinson, Esq. Robinson & Wilson


Please sign-in for the MCLE/CPE/CE as you enter the Meeting Room, on the left as you go down the hallway to the meeting room itself.

Other upcoming events:


  • April 2, 2019, FIRST Tuesday of the Month, the Regular Meeting of the North County Estate Planning Council- San Diego where we will cover the world of the Family Office with Buddy Thomas of Superior Planning along with a distinguished Panel.
  • May 7, 2019, FIRST Tuesday of the Month, the Regular Meeting of the North County Estate Planning Council- San Diego where we will cover the next presentation in our Series on Planning for Real Estate Families with Doug Wilson of Douglas Wilson Companies, Robert Vallera of Voit Real Estate Services, and Cory Grant of Grant Hinkle & Jacobs.
  • June 4, 2019, FIRST Tuesday of the Month, the Regular Meeting of the North County Estate Planning Council- San Diego where we will cover the State of Philanthropy in San Diego with Emily Young, Executive Director of The Non-Profit Institute at the University of San Diego

Our Speakers:

Bob Copeland of Sheppard Mullin and Keith Troutman of Squar Milner CPAs

Robert Copeland, Partner with Sheppard Mullin (abbreviated):

Bob Copeland is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Areas of Practice:

Bob practices in the area of corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance, securities, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He also is ready and able to assist business owners seeking a liquidity solution in locating financing and acquisition sources. He has served as an expert witness in several litigations involving complex business, partnership and tax disputes. Bob also holds a certificate from the National Conflict Resolution Center in advanced mediation and is available to mediate complex prelitigation and litigated matters.

Admitted: State Bar of California


Bob has been listed in the national legal directory, The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1987, and in the Best Lawyers in San Diego (San Diego Magazine, April 2001-2017 editions). He was named a Super Lawyer for San Diego (2007-2016). He was also named in the San Diego 500-The Book of Influential Business Leaders for 2016.


Bob has extensive experience in representing and advising individual owners and the boards of directors and executive leadership of companies concerning corporate governance and corporate law and real estate law transactions. He has led numerous corporate finance, recapitalization and initial public offering transactions. He has extensive experience and expertise in representing targets, as well as strategic and financial buyers in mergers and acquisition transactions both within the U.S. as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Bob’s clients cross over many industries, from start-ups to seasoned businesses in a wide range of industries, including:? Agriculture ? Construction ? Defense and Aerospace ? Energy and Cogeneration Projects ? Entertainment and Media ? Food Service and Hospitality ? Maritime ? Medical Instrumentation ? Nonprofit Organizations ? Onshore and Offshore Industrial Manufacturing ? Private Universities ? Retail ? Service Businesses ? Software and Hardware Development and Deployment ? Venture Capital and Private Equity

His plus 50 years as a practicing attorney in San Diego makes Bob a readily available resource for information and connections to entrants into the San Diego County and Imperial County business communities.


Bob jointly authored the chapter on Mergers in Drafting Agreements for Sale of Businesses (California Continuing Education of the Bar); participated in the preparation of the California State Bar Business Law Section Corporation Guide, and the ABA Business Law Section Manual on Acquisition Review, Model Stock Purchase and Model Asset Purchase Agreements. He has lectured and written on various subjects related to mergers and acquisitions, real estate and corporate law. He has served on the California State Bar Business Law Section Committee on Corporations and the ABA Business Law Section Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions. 

  • "Ready or Not, the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Is Now the Law in California," California Real Property Journal, June 2014; republished San Diego County Bar Association Newsletter, 2016
  • "Calif.'s New LLC Act Needs Clarification," Law360, August 26, 2013
  • Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
  • "Potential Challenges Associated With California's Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Scheduled to Take Effect on January 1, 2014," August 22, 2013
  • "California's Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act," March 22, 2013 

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, liquidity planning and current developments in the law governing limited liability companies, topics for the Association for Corporate Growth, business seminars, San Diego County Bar Association, and the Mergers& Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association.


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  • California State Bar
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • North County Estate Planning Council- San Diego 

Bob Copeland, Sheppard Mullin, contact information: (858) 720-7407;

Keith L. Troutman is a Partner in Squar Milner’s Tax Department:

Keith joined the firm in January 2003. He has served and consulted with clients that have consolidated tax return, international, multistate, merger and acquisition, S corporation, Limited Liability Company, and individual tax issues. He has advised companies in the manufacturing, biotechnology, software, medical device, financial institution, and distribution industries. He has gained experience in the corporate tax and flow through areas by serving start-up companies as well as middle market private and publicly traded corporations. In addition, Keith has extensive experience in representing taxpayers before the IRS and state agencies in Tax Controversy matters.

Professional Licenses and Accreditations:

  • Certified Public Accountant, California
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Member, California Board of Accountancy 


  • Bachelor of Science, Business, California State University – Hayward
  • MBA, California State University – Hayward 

Civic Activities: 

Keith played professional baseball in the minor league system for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His passion for the game has directed him to volunteer and be involved with Pony Baseball and Little League Baseball in San Diego County.

He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and attends the monthly meeting for both ACG and Corporate Finance Counsel.

Keith Troutman Contact Information: (858) 320-8974;


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