About Joy Berus

Practice Areas

All aspects of business law, real property law, tangible personal property law, including appraisal law, purchase and sale agreements, consignments, and charitable contributions.

Professional Profile

Joy Berus assists corporations, limited liability companies and owners in acquisitions, sales, consignments, valuations, holding companies, loans, business management, leases, agreements, historical property both real and personal, and other such business and personal assets.

Berus Law Group

Books and Articles

  • Author and quoted contributor on “Tips on Donating Art for the Donor,”
    CBS Marketwatch Retirement Newsletter

  • Author and quoted contributor on “Tips on Donating Art for the Donor”,
    Investor’s Business Daily, Investors.com

  • Author and quoted contributor on “Donating Art: Ten Tips Every Planner Should Know,” Planned Giving Design Center, PGDC.com

  • Author and quoted contributor “Tips on Donating Art for the Professional”, Steve Leimberg’s Charitable Planning Newsletter, 55

  • Author and quoted contributor "The Art and Collectibles Capital Gains Tax Treatment Parity Act", Steve Leimberg's Charitable Planning Newsletter, 89

  • Author “The Art of Donating Art: The Charitable Contribution of Art, Antiques and Collectibles,” The Journal of Practical Estate Planning, April-May 2008, a CCH Publication

  • Author “The Art of Donating Art: The Charitable Contribution of Art, Antiques and Collectibles,” The Journal of Retirement Planning, September-October 2008, a CCH Publication

Teaching/ ASA Adjunct Professor

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

University of California, Irvine

American Society of Appraisers

Speeches & Seminars

Ms. Berus has lectured extensively on the business of owning art and collections, art as an asset class, appraisal law, law and other art law topics to various bank and trust client groups, wealth and investment groups, non-profit organization support groups, donor advised fund groups, museums, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the American Society of Appraisers (including the IRS & American Society of Appraisers Symposiums on IRS Personal Property Tax and Valuation Issues, lecturer with Chief, Art Appraisal Services Karen Carolan, 2006, 2007, 2008), California Lawyers for the Arts sponsored talks, and various professional CPA, estate planning and wealth advisory organizations. 

Education

University of San Francisco (B.S. 1984)

Western State University College of Law (J.D. 1992)

American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing

Certification in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts, American Society of Appraisers

Admissions/Qualifications

State Bar of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of California, sixteen years 01/17/2004 to 01/16/2020

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Member, California Bar Association

Affiliate Member, American Society of Appraisers

Affiliate & Friend, Appraisers Association of America

Former Member, California Lawyers for the Arts

Former Member of the Board of Directors of VSA arts of California, 1995 – 2005