Clarence J. Ferrari, Jr. ("Bud")


Tax, Trust & Estate, Corporate


Clarence (“Bud”) J. Ferrari, Jr., a founding partner of Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP, specializes in business and tax planning with an emphasis on wealth transfer and business planning for individuals, families, and closely-held companies. He has extensive experience in a wide range of business transactions and structuring sophisticated estate plans including generation-skipping transfers, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, life insurance trusts, and family limited partnerships.

Bud also represents taxpayers with respect to income, estate, and gift tax controversies in both federal and state tax matters. A few of the landmark tax cases in which he successfully represented the taxpayer include:

  • Morris, et al v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 70 TC 959 (1978) (valuation of stock pursuant to a qualified stock option plan);
  • Estate of Evelyn Landsdale Wildman, Deceased v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 58 T.C.M. (CCH) 1006 (1989) (estate tax valuation of undivided interests in row crop ranch land);
  • Ridgemark Corporation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, United States Tax Court, Docket No. 6106-93; T.C.M. 1996-419 (1996) (non-recognition treatment on sale of undeveloped land)


  • LL.B, Stanford University
  • J.D., Stanford University
  • Community and Association

Bud is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Taxation & Real Property, Probate and Trust.

Bud has served as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and was a founder and Chairman of the Board of the Silicon Valley Bank. He previously served from 1963 to 1975 on the faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law as an adjunct professor of Taxation.


  • State Bar of California
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