Elchonon P. Istrin

Istrin Elchonon

Elie Istrin focuses on estate planning, business transactions tax, and charitable giving. Prior to joining Venable, Elie was a personal financial services associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he advised high net worth individuals and families with their tax planning goals and facilitated the transfer of their assets.

He performed research on the funding of various trusts established as a result of a spouse's passing to allow gifting to children and grandchildren in a tax favorable manner and advised on benefits and costs of a GRAT or a sale to an intentionally defective grantor trust as a means for transferring stock in a closely held corporation. He also advised clients on the best method to gift charitable donation based on their individual circumstances.  

Earlier in his career, Elie worked as an extern for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where he assisted attorneys in Bet Tzedek's Low Income Tax Controversy Clinic with client intake, researching legal issues, and drafting memorandums for upcoming cases. He also served as an extern in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he researched legal issues for upcoming cases, assisted in discovery requests, and drafted portions of motions that were filed within the United States Tax Courts. Elie also clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 

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  • J.D. Business Law and Policy, Taxation UCLA School of Law 2015
    • Extern, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
    • Extern, Office of the Chief Counsel, IRS
  • B.A. Ohr Somayach Tannenbaum College 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California

Clerk Experience

  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office