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Wealth Management
Estate Planning
Real Estate Law


Mr. Van Horne is a retired partner and serves as Of Counsel to the Firm.  He  advises individuals and families in the acquisition, preservation, management, and transfer of wealth, often in the form of real estate.

He designs and implements estate plans which are responsive to desired generational transitions, and suitable for conserving, maximizing, and transferring the assets involved. He is experienced with trusts, wills, and other traditional transfer vehicles. His practice frequently involves developing lifetime ownership structures, such as family limited partnership and limited liability companies, through which liability exposure is limited, younger generations become involved with the stewardship of family assets, and gift and estate taxes are minimized.

Mr. Van Horne counsels clients in achieving their philanthropic goals through charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, donor advised funds, supporting organizations, and where circumstances warrant, private foundations. He finds that his long involvement with educational, cultural, and community organizations enables him to maximize his clients’ charitable objectives.

Mr. Van Horne maintains an active transactional real estate practice advising clients in the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of high-value residential, agricultural, and commercial properties. With his involvement in his family’s agricultural operations, he offers practical experiences with reciprocal easement arrangements, shared water production and delivery systems, and viewshed and other protective agreements which preserve and enhance the values of the properties.


  • Princeton University (A.B., 1966)
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., With Honors, 1974)


  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation, 1975-81
  • UCSB General Affiliates, 1978-83
  • Montecito Association, 1980-90
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, 1981-84
  • Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, 1983-89
  • Laguna Blanca School, 1988-94
  • Citizens for Balanced Community, 1991-98
  • The Thacher School, 1995-2003
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1997-2005
  • Goleta Valley Historical Society Capital Campaign, 2004-2007
  • Montecito Community Foundation, 1990 – 2015
  • John S. Kiewit Memorial Foundation, 2004 – Present
  • Trust u/w Harold A. Parma fbo Parma Park, 2013 – Present


  • United States Marine Corps, Naval Aviator, 1966-1971
  • Stow Company, Managing Partner, 1989 – 2017, family ranching operations, Goleta, California.