Tax Consultation & Strategies

Rudy Fuchs
Senior Tax Attorney
Professional Experience
Rudy Fuchs is a Tax Attorney for Talley, LLP. His practice focuses on estate and gift planning for high-net worth individuals and business owners.
Upon joining the Firm in 2005, Fuchs brought with him almost 25 years of professional experience, including several years collectively of broad tax experience in Big Four and regional public accounting firms. He has also worked in the corporate tax departments of public and privately held-companies and in private consulting, followed more recently by seven years in private legal practice with two local law firms in the areas of estate planning, tax, and business law including four years as a law partner.
A Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, Fuchs is also a member of the California State Bar and is certified as a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and all courts of the State of California.
Bachelor of Science in Finance (with honors), California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Accounting (with honors), California State University, Long Beach
Juris Doctorate, Southwestern University School of Law
Gene Kent
JD Emeritus
Professional Experience
Gene has over 21 years experience serving as an attorney in the Orange County/Los Angeles area. His expertise includes estate planning and administration coupled with business planning.
Gene holds a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and a J.D. from Western State College of Law.
Prior to his employment at Talley, Gene was a sole practitioner.
Gene is an avid cyclist, fisherman, and amateur astronomer.
Christopher Gurley
Tax Attorney
Professional Experience
Chris Gurley is a Tax Attorney for Talley, LLP. His practice focuses on providing tax planning, consulting, and compliance services for high-net-worth individuals, closely-held businesses, and business owners. Chris has significant experience counseling clients through all phases of both federal and state controversies.
Prior to joining Talley, Chris worked at an international law firm, a Big Four accounting firm, and clerked for the honorable Joseph Robert Goeke at the U.S. Tax Court. Chris is also an experienced sports agent, representing professional athletes in the NFL and CFL.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys sports, traveling, grilling and spending times with friends and family.
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration -Finance
Juris Doctorate, Howard University School of Law
LL.M. – Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center

Certificate in International Tax (May 2018), Georgetown University Law Center

Karen Shiffman
Tax Attorney
Professional Experience
Karen Shiffman is a tax attorney for Talley, LLP. Her practice focuses on businesss formation, estate planning and succession planning.
Karen is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of professional experience, including nearly a decade in Big Four and regional public accounting firms. Prior to joining Talley in 2017, Karen was a sole practitioner attorney.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys traveling, hiking, watching football, and taking her dog to the dog beach.
Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University
M.A.S. in Accounting & Taxation, University of Illinois
Juris Doctorate, Whittier Law School
Sherry Brooks
Legal Assistant
Professional Experience
Sherry Brooks is a legal assistant here at Talley, LLP. Her duties include: processing incorporations, corporate dissolutions, estate planning, responding to IRS notices on clients’ behalf, and assisting the tax department during tax season with  extensions and assembly of tax returns.
Sherry has 2 children: son Toby, 20, going to school and working for Jennings Racing building race car engines, and daughter Tracy, 23, who graduated UCLA in 2001 and is currently working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Irvine.
In her spare time, Sherry enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading. If not at Talley, Sherry says she would probably be doing volunteer work.
Hannah Kennedy
Law Clerk
Professional Experience
Hannah is a law clerk for the attorneys at Talley. Hannah has experience with a wide array of business and corporate law transactions and litigation, including assisting attorneys with drafting shareholder and employment agreements, drafting legal memoranda, researching complex legal issues, and reviewing business and real property contracts, to name a few.

Currently Hannah is attending Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law as a Juris Doctor Candidate; her anticipated graduation date is December 2019.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 2015, Magna cum laude, in History from UC Riverside. In addition, Hannah earned a certificate in Business Management from the University of Oxford, England in 2014.

Hannah enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga, traveling, and volunteering for organizations including Kingsfield Church and Orange County Women Lawyers Association.