Naomi, who is a Sonoma County native, received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mills College in 2000, and her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2008.
In law school, Naomi focused her studies on laws related to the recognition and protection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) families and their financial assets. Naomi’s thesis examined the practical impact of SB 1827, a 2006 law requiring Registered Domestic Partners to file their California income tax returns jointly. During law school, Naomi also completed an externship at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was a research assistant on a project examining the impact of the federal “ministerial exception” on LGBT employment opportunities, and worked as a law clerk for an estate planning firm with a strong emphasis on estate planning for LGBT families.
After being admitted to the California Bar in December 2008, Naomi worked as an associate in the estate planning group at Friedemann Goldberg LLP. While there, co-authored an article titled Estate Planning for RDPs: Navigating the State and Federal Conflict, which was published in the Summer 2009 issue of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly. Prior to opening her own practice, Naomi was the lead attorney in the Santa Rosa office of another firm that focused on estate planning for LGBT clients.
As part of her ongoing commitment to insure that individuals and families are fully and competently represented, Naomi often provides educational seminars for other professionals and the community on estate planning, tax, and property issues for LGBT and non-LGBT families. She also co-founded and facilitates a study group for attorneys and tax professionals that examines the complex interaction between California and federal tax and property laws. Naomi is an adjunct professor at Empire College School of Law, where she teaches classes on LGBT issues in the law, and has been a guest lecturer on the topic at University of Michigan School of Law. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Board of Directors for Listening for a Change. She also helped to start the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle, for which she continues to serve as a Steering Committee member. Naomi is a member of the Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the LGBT Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar Association. Naomi and her wife, Jennifer, live in Santa Rosa.