Michael Lockwood, CFP®, CRPC®
18400 Von Karman Ave., Suite 550
Irvine, CA 92612
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Wider Support Network

As a local firm with a national reach we maintain our corporate office in Irvine, CA, but we proudly have access to many elite financial planning practices throughout the country. This is some of our wider support network:


Robert E. Appel, J.D.*, LL.M., MBA

Second Vice President of National Design/Advanced Planning

  • Listed in numerous sections and editions of Who's Who (including Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World) and member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations.
  • BS degree (Accounting and Finance) from Central Connecticut State University; J.D. degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law; MBA (Finance) degree from the University of Connecticut; and LL.M. (Taxation) degree from Boston University School of Law.





Timothy S. Johnson, J.D.*, CRPC

Chief Investment Strategist

  • Areas of expertise include fixed-income, equity allocations, alternative investments and affluent wealth management.
  • BA in Political Science from Lipscomb University in 1981and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Holds a Series 7 registration.






Robert A. Studin, J.D.*, CPA*, CFP®, CLU®, CRPC, ChFC®

Executive Director, Financial Advisory Services

  • Named in Worth magazine's Top Financial Advisors in 1996-2002, Medical Economics' 120 Best Advisors for Doctors in 1998, 2000 and 2002, the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40, and received the Leadership Award from the MS Foundation in 1997.
  • Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, and J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Member of the Alabama Society of Financial Planning Association and the AICPA.





Donna L. Rowan, J.D.*, LL.M., CLU®, CHFC®

Assistant Vice President of National Design

  • Expertise in the areas of personal and corporate income taxation, as well as estate, gift and trust taxation. Member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations.
  • BA degree in English from State University of New York at Buffalo; J.D. from Western New England College School of Law; LL.M. (Taxation) from Boston University School of Law.