Stan D. Blyth

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  • Phone: 559-228-6700
  • Fax: 559-228-6727
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Stan Blyth has been representing clients in California for over two decades. Stan moved to California upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1987, graduating from Sonoma State University in 1990 with degrees in accounting and political science, receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis in 1993, and obtaining his Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1998. While attending law school, Stan interned for the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board.

Stan has business tax planning and transactional expertise coupled with a robust tax controversy practice. His deep experience spans multiple industries in which he has negotiated and structured mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, expansions, contractions, restructurings, and financing transactions for corporate and pass-through entities in the United States and abroad and has resolved tax controversies at the audit, appeal and litigation stages. His practice covers many facets of tax law that are intertwined with business activities, including: advising clients on the tax aspects of private equity, mezzanine capital and M&A transactions. Stan also advises litigators and litigation clients on the tax aspects of lawsuit settlements and judgments and assists nonprofit entities in respect of organizational and operational matters. Stan is experienced in virtually all aspects of United States federal taxation and brings a practical and collaborative approach to the most sophisticated issues facing taxpayers.

Stan also practices in the areas of trust and estate administration and estate planning. He has extensive experience in estate settlement, trust and estate accountings, fiduciary income tax, gift and estate tax, and probate litigation, including will contests and accountings. Stan is an accomplished trial lawyer, who over the past twenty years has tried numerous cases in state and federal court to both judges and juries. He has argued appeals at both the state and federal level and has significant arbitration experience, including both domestic and international proceedings.

Named a “Super Lawyer” by publishers of Law & Politics for consecutive years, Stan frequently writes and speaks on issues of interest related to his practice.


  • Lang, Richert & Patch, 2018 to present
  • Blyth, Lee & Jacobs, 2007 to 2017
    Founding Partner
  • Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, 1993 to 2007
    Associate Attorney/Partner
  • United States Marine Corps, 1983 to 1987
    Sergeant, Commendation, Commandant, USMC


  • Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
    Masters in Taxation, May 1996
  • University of California, Davis, CA,
    Juris Doctor, May 1993
  • Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
    With Distinction, May 1990

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2000
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 1994
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, 1998
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1994
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California, 1994

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar
    Partnership Tax Committee
  • Fresno County Bar Association

Recent Publications

  • Second Bite at the Apple: Unwinding Subsidiary Liquidations Under Annual Accounting, M&A Tax Report, Vol. 15, No. 8.