“You can’t do this work for over 30 years without having a passion for it and a personal imperative to ensure that our clients understand our work for them in this area.  The founder of our firm, John Ervin, was a professor of tax law and estate planning at the University of Southern California Law School, and John’s legacy and the firm’s commitment to estate planning expertise are the reasons why I came to ECJ directly out of law school.”

Reeve Chudd is a partner in and chairman of ECJ’s Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts Department. His practice is concentrated in the fields of estate planning, probate and trust administration, planned charitable giving and tax-exempt entities. Mr. Chudd also focuses on non-tax issues of wealth transfers, such as the transition of control of family-owned businesses, providing an inheritance without inhibiting the drive and ambition of one’s heirs and protecting our children’s inherited wealth from themselves and others.

Mr. Chudd received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences. After graduate school, Mr. Chudd practiced for four years as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. before attending law school at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors.

Mr. Chudd has lectured and published on the subject of estate planning for professionals and laymen alike. Some of his publications appear below.

In addition to the law, Mr. Chudd has always been involved in community service, having served on Boards for City of Hope and Brandeis-Bardin Institute, as well as serving as President (and Co-founder) of the Ivy League Association of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association of Southern California and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Learning With A Difference, Inc., a non-profit organization providing educational solutions for children with language-based learning disabilities.  He presently serves on the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee.

Past Employment Positions

  • Arthur Andersen & Co., Certified Public Accountant


  • “The CPA’s Role in Estate Planning”, The Practical CPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1994
  • “Death Taxes: the Simple Solutions”, The Smolker Letter, 1991
  • “Be It Ever So Humble: Tax Consequences of Home Ownership”, Dollar$ense Magazine, 1989
  • Co-Author, “Self-Canceling Installment Notes and the Private Annuity”, UCLA-CEB Estate Planning Institute, 1983