Christopher M. Haws

Associate Friedemann Goldberg LLP

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  • California
420 Aviation Boulevard Suite 201
Santa Rosa CA 95403 United States

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Christopher M. Haws is an associate attorney with Friedemann Goldberg LLP, practising in the areas of Estate Planning and Tax Law. He joined the firm in 2015.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haws worked in the banking and financial industry and spent two years living and working in Seoul, South Korea. After law school, he practised in the areas of estate planning and tax in downtown Santa Rosa. He has served as a volunteer with Lawyers Without Borders, Common Ground Legal Clinic, and Hessel Church.

He received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and his law degree from Tulane University Law School. While in law school, Mr. Haws was the Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and served as a taxation research assistant. Additionally, he interned with the First Judicial District of Colorado and worked in the in-house legal department at McDermott International Inc. Mr. Haws graduated from law school cum laude, earning honours in trial advocacy and a certificate in International and Comparative Law.

Specific Experience

Mr. Haws is experienced in trusts, estates, tax law, and probate matters, including, basic and advanced estate planning, business entity formation, maintenance and dissolution, small business succession planning, trust administration, loan documentation, income, transfer and property tax planning, estate and gift tax returns, property tax assessment appeals, and tax controversy and settlement.

• Trusts & Estates
• Tax Law
• Business Law


• Juris Doctorate, cum laude, with Trial Advocacy Honors
o Tulane University School of Law
• Bachelor of Arts
o Arizona State University


• California
• United States Tax Court


• State Bar of California
• Sonoma County Bar Association


• Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017-2019

Firm Description

Friedemann Goldberg LLP is a California-based law firm with offices located in Santa Rosa, San Francisco and Sacramento. The firm practices in the areas of banking law, business law, estate planning, trust and probate administration, entertainment law, litigation, and real estate/real property law.

Friedemann Goldberg was founded in 1999 by a group of big-firm attorneys who sought to combine the high-quality legal services of a larger firm with the attention to detail and responsiveness of a smaller firm. Over the past 17 years, Friedemann Goldberg has become one of the premier law firms in the North Bay Area and beyond.

The firm’s objective is to assist clients in the resolution of legal issues by delivering the quality professional service expected from large law firms, but with greater efficiency and responsiveness. As a boutique firm comprised of experienced and creative attorneys, Friedemann Goldberg is able to handle complex matters with flexibility and speed.

The firm is comprised of some of the most successful trial practitioners in Sonoma County and the North Bay, and its attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving real estate, intellectual property, entertainment law, tax law, creditor’s rights, insurance and fraud matters, and business and commercial litigation.

Friedemann Goldberg is recognized nationally as a top-tier law firm and its attorneys are rated at the highest level of excellence by their peers; signifying their high ethical standards, knowledge, capabilities, judgment, communication ability and experience.