It is with great sorrow that we share that longtime Rutan Partner, Paul Marx, passed away at age 90 on May 24, 2022 after a battle with cancer.
Paul graduated from the University of Southern California, and then Harvard Law School, LL.B., cum laude, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1957. He was a member of the Firm’s corporate-tax section, and for many years was the partner in charge of the Firm’s trust, estate, and tax litigation practice groups. Paul’s practice, including representation of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the California State Board of Equalization, and the California Franchise Tax Board, and tax litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, Federal District Court and U.S. Claims Court spanned more than five decades, during which Paul became a Certified Specialist in the area of Taxation Law. His clients included trusts, estates, individuals, tax exempt organizations, and closely held businesses, including corporations, limited liability companies, joint ventures and partnerships. Paul actively participated in the Orange County Estate Planning Council, was named one of the best tax and trusts and estates lawyers in America in “Best Lawyers in America,” and was considered Orange County’s preeminent trusts and estates specialist.
Paul’s approach to problem solving included both a succinct tutorial on the issue at hand and the solution. Those solutions benefited many Rutan clients over 51 years. Paul’s view of professionalism included service to one’s community. Paul’s commitment to public service was best represented by his many years as a member of the Orange County Community Foundation’s Board of Advisors.
Our sincere condolences go out to the Marx Family.