Of Counsel

Shannon-Paresa, Attorney at Law

Mrs. Paresa practices in the areas of federal and California tax exemption and California state and local taxation. Before joining Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP, Mrs. Paresa worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP for four years where she worked on federal taxation matters with respect to various business transactions including the representation of tax-exempt organizations, C corporations, partnerships and real estate investment trusts.

With respect to her representation of tax-exempt organizations, Mrs. Paresa's experience includes:

• Advising clients on the formation and qualification of domestic and foreign tax-exempt organizations

• The creation of joint ventures between tax-exempt organizations and other entities

• Advising clients on the legal issues related to charitable transfers, including foreign grant-making requirements

• Day-to-day counseling on issues arising from the operations of nonprofit corporations in the state of California


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2000

B.B.A., University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 1996; with honors


Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Rising Star (Super Lawyers)


Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Organizations, CEB Advising California Nonprofit Corporations (2012)

Donor Funds, Private Foundations, and Supporting Organizations, CEB Advising California Nonprofit Corporations (2009)

Choice of Charitable Entity After the Pension Protection Act, USC Major Tax Planning (2008)

Grantmaking After the PPA: Distributions by Donor Advised Funds, Private Foundations and Supporting Organizations After the Pension Protection Act, Charitable Gift Planning News (May 2008)

Summary of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, USC Major Tax Planning (2007)