Reeve Chudd is a Senior Partner in the Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts Department.

“You can’t do this work for 40 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's practice is concentrated in the fields of estate planning, probate and trust administration, planned charitable giving and tax-exempt entities. He 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.

After graduate school, Reeve practiced for four years as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. before attending law school.


  • Arthur Andersen & Co., Certified Public Accountant

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006-present

Community & Professional

National Association of Realtors

Palisades Charter High School, former Board of Trustees member

City of Hope, former Board Member

Brandeis-Bardin Institute, former Board Member

Ivy League Association of Southern California, Co-founder and former President

University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association of Southern California, former President

Learning With A Difference, Inc., former Chairman of the Board of Directors



  • Find Out What Is Hidden Within The New FAST Act
    Taxing Matters, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 12.08.2015
  • Taxpayer Identity Theft
    Taxing Matters, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 07.01.2015
  • Considering the End: Planning for Your Demise in Addition to Estate Planning (Part 2)
    Estatements, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 02.18.2014
  • Considering the End: Planning for Your Demise in Addition to Estate Planning (Part 1)
    Estatements, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 01.14.2014
  • 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
  • Self-Canceling Installment Notes and the Private Annuity
    Co-Author, UCLA-CEB Estate Planning Institute, 1983


J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, With Honors

M.S., Accounting, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, PA

B.S. Economics, & B.A., English, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, PA


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