“Protecting the Net” best describes Keith’s practice and passion, whether it be protecting the bottom line “net” for his business and corporate clients through sophisticated business and tax planning, or protecting the hockey “net” as goalie for his ice hockey team. Keith brings with him years of experience and a well deserved reputation as a “deal maker” and skillful negotiator, having been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and INC. Keith serves as Managing Partner of SPECTRUM LAW GROUP, LLP, where he focuses on “deals”; capital intensive financing transactions, both public and private; mergers and acquisitions; and, business formation and partnering arrangements. In the role of advisor and not “just the attorney”, Keith draws from his experience of over 25 years as an attorney and businessman to provide exceptional analytical and execution skills, counseling his clients in virtually all areas of business, including general business and corporate issues; business litigation support; securities; capital formation; and, venture capital financing.

In addition to working with companies in a variety of industries, as a tax attorney Keith also assists his clients with their corporate and individual tax planning needs. He has been widely quoted in the media over the last few years for his involvement in a number of significant transactions. He represents and advises a variety of clients, ranging from publicly traded corporations, to large closely-held businesses, to significant family businesses.

An active member of the legal community, Keith has served on the Corporations Committee of the State Bar of California; served as a judge pro-tem in the Orange County Municipal Court; taught as an adjunct professor at Western State University College of Law and at Chapman University School of Law. As a professor, he has taught courses in corporate law and federal income taxation. Keith is also a supporter of a number of charitable organizations related to military veterans, disadvantaged children, and youth sports groups.

Holding an undergraduate degree in business administration and finance, Keith was also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the California Western School of Law, San Diego, and also holds an LL.M. Degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and the United States District Courts, the Southern and Central Districts of California.

Keith is a retired fifteen-year veteran of the Irvine Police Department, where he served as a senior reserve police officer and was honored with the distinction of Officer of the Year in 1986. Keith’s spare time is now devoted to his wife and three children.


Fred has been practicing as a tax and estate and business-planning attorney in Southern California for over eighteen years. Although the focus of his practice has been on sophisticated estate planning, probate, and conservatorships, Fred also has extensive experience in a variety of corporate and business transactions. He has provided creative solutions for his clients in matters involving securities, real estate, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. He has helped out many a client in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service and the various California taxing authorities. Recently he has both defended and attacked trustees involved in breaches of fiduciary duty.

Fred’s experiences as an estate planner allow him to serve every estate. Whether the need is for a simple Will and an Advanced Health Care Directive, or for business reorganizations designed to reduce death taxes by millions of dollars, Fred is able and willing to help. Fred has worked as a Director in the Advanced Design Department of Pacific Life Insurance Company (formerly Pacific Mutual). This experience, combined with his advanced masters degree in tax law and his years of practical experience, enables Fred to easily work with large estates and maximize savings and planning opportunities for his clients. And, although Fred sells no investment or insurance products and takes no referral fees or commissions on the sale of same, he is uniquely qualified to advise his clients on the merits of such purchases as part of their overall wealth conversation strategy.

Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Philosophy. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego, cum laude, and he holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. Fred has lectured extensively on various topics involving estate planning.

Fred is a resident of San Clemente, but frequently sneaks off to San Diego to spend time on his sailboat.


Joe received his Doctor of Law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He has been a practicing member of the State Bar of California since 1988, with over fourteen (14) years experience as a trial litigator, specializing in large-loss commercial, industrial, and hazardous incidents and claims, premises and product liability litigation, as well as insurance industry and property damages actions following disasters of all kinds. His extensive experience includes performing consulting engagements in domestic and international venues throughout Asia, China and Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, and both the North and South American Continents, providing liability counsel, Crisis Response Team services and attending to commercial and natural disasters for a host of Fortune 500 corporations including Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Seagram & Sons, Vivendi Universal, and IBM.

Joe’s emphasis at Spectrum is corporate/commercial litigation and business transactions including negotiation and drafting of corporate and commercial transactional agreements, trademark filing and protection, counseling and development of business deal structures and documentation; lease negotiation; development of executive employment packages and agreements; severance/hiring management and negotiations; management and litigation of employment claims ranging from wrongful termination to harassment, hostile work environment, various discrimination-based claims on behalf of corporate employer clients; drafting and development of employee handbooks and related materials; management of reduction in force events; management and overview of trial counsel for clients with large litigation matters resulting in multi-million dollar awards for clients; and United States Patent Office practice with Trademark, Servicemark, and related claims and application prosecution for private and not-for-profit businesses.

Joe’s employment and life experiences in myriad geographic and demographic environments have given him eyes to better understand the many different kinds of people and entities that rely on and are affected by attorneys. Prior to law school, he was heavily involved in hotel/resort management and had been offered a full scholarship for Director's training in international resort management from the Americana Resorts Group (the now defunct organization was responsible for several notable resort chains at the time). In that industry he began to see the differing (and oftentimes opposing) legal challenges between government, business, and individual interests. He also worked on a volunteer basis with county emergency medical services personnel during those years, and acted as a Red Cross Instructor, deriving great personal satisfaction from making a contribution of substance to the community.

In addition to his commitments to his family, Joe continues to enjoy coaching and playing ice hockey in a “Has-been’s” league, while squeezing out some time now and again to feed his classic car hobby. The diversity and depth of life experience has exercised Joe’s flexibility, adaptability and knowledge base, enabling him to counsel his clients with passion, compassion, and good, solid common sense approaches to legal challenges.
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