Since 2003, Mr. Magness has served as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno where he teaches an introductory business law course geared toward agriculture. He has practiced in Fresno, California since 1990 and is a shareholder of the law firm of Gilmore Magness Leifer.
Mr. Magness obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, 1987), a law degree from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma, 1990), and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Miami (Miami, Florida, 1994).
Mr. Magness works with clients in a number of different areas, and represents business clients in real property (primarily agricultural), tax planning, estate planning, business organization and compliance issues. He has an extensive practice in probate and probate litigation. He also represents private parties, public entities and public utilities in connection with real property acquisition (eminent domain and negotiated) and related land use issues.
Mr. Magness serves by appointment as a member (and current chairman) of the Fresno County Assessment Appeals Board, where he is involved in the equalization of the County’s property tax rolls. He is also Vice-Chair of the Tax Court Pro Se Program of the Fresno County Bar Association. He serves as treasurer of the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers, a local 501(c)(3) organization, and is an active member of East Fresno Rotary.