Melissa A. Passman

Associate

Phone: (310) 478-2541
Fax: (310) 473-0123
E-mail: mpassman@dwclaw.com

Practice Areas

Tax
Estate Planning
Art Law

practice emphasis

Melissa A. Passman focuses her practice on tax law, business law, and estate planning.

Prior to joining De Castro West, Ms. Passman worked as outside general counsel for companies in the technology, telecommunications, and media industries managing the legal aspects of their business operations, including business affairs, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property monitoring, and regulatory compliance.

During law school, Ms. Passman was a Business & Legal Affairs intern with A&E Networks and Broadway Video. Prior to law school, Ms. Passman gained extensive experience in the art world as an associate with Gagosian Gallery, where she worked closely with leading artists and estates, collectors, and institutions. She continues to be an active member of the Los Angeles arts and cultural community.

EDUCATION

LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2017
  • Chair, Class Gift Committee
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 2014
  • President, Art Law Society
B.A., New York University, magna cum laude, 2006

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California, 2014

LANGUAGES

Spanish
French

AFFILIATIONS

State Bar of California
Beverly Hills Bar Association
California Lawyers for the Arts
Silicon Beach Bruins
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Nomadic Council Member