AREAS OF PRACTICE
B.S. University of California – Berkeley, 1977
J.D. University of Tennessee, 1980
LL.M. McGeorge School of Law, 1984
Mr. Crabtree was born in 1955 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When he was five years old, he moved to the valley community of Wheatland, California, which is a small town on Highway 65 between Roseville and Marysville in Yuba County, California.
He received a B.S. degree with honors in 1977 from the University of California Berkeley in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance. While in college, he was an Army ROTC cadet, and he received the University Departmental Citation for Military Science.
After college, he returned to Tennessee and obtained his J.D. degree in 1980 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a reading and writing instructor while in law school and was a student materials editor of the Tennessee Law Review.
From 1980 through 1983, Mr. Crabtree was a Captain in the United States Army serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp. While in the Army, he served as defense counsel and trial counsel defending and prosecuting soldiers at military courts marital.
Mr. Crabtree returned to California receiving his LL.M. degree in taxation from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1984. In the same year, he joined the law firm of Neumiller & Beardslee in Stockton, California becoming a partner in 1989. In 1997, Mr. Crabtree left Neumiller & Beardslee to become a founding partner of the firm that is known today as Herum Crabtree. Mr. Crabtree is a certified specialist in taxation with the State Bar of California.
Mr. Crabtree refers to himself as a business and real estate lawyer with a specialty in estate planning. Mr. Crabtree is able to apply his knowledge of taxation to assist his clients in their business transactions. His clients tend to be small and medium size businesses and high net worth individuals. He has an extensive background and substantial experience representing agricultural, processing, manufacturing, construction and medical oriented businesses. He has formed numerous cooperatives and is familiar with the business and legal issues that impact agricultural cooperatives.
Mr. Crabtree has been an active member of his community. He is a member of the Stockton Estate Planning Council and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi. He currently serves as a board member of Lodi Memorial Hospital and the Lodi Grape Festival. He is also a member of the Lodi Planning Commission.