Thomas L. McKenzie received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law, in Fullerton, California. While working full-time at night and attending full-time daily classes, Tom graduated law school with honors in 1993. While at law school, Tom was on the Dean’s List, and was selected as Associate Editor of Western State’s Law Review. He also received several American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in academics and real estate. During his second year of law school, Mr. McKenzie was the recipient of the Scott McCune Scholarship. Passing the bar on his first try, Tom established McKenzie Legal & Financial, and went on to practice in the areas of estate planning, financial consulting, elder law and real estate.
Memberships & Associations
Tom is a member of the California State Bar, as well as the Trust & Estates Section of the Bar. He is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and was a member of their National Multidisciplinary Task Force. Mr. McKenzie is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Elder Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. He is also a member of ElderCounsel, a network of attorneys who serve the needs of the disabled and elderly. Tom is also a member of the Orange County Bar’s “Master’s Division,” comprised some of the most experienced attorneys in Orange County. Finally, Mr. McKenzie is an accredited attorney by the US Veterans Administration.
Mr. McKenzie has written numerous articles for various publications and legal periodicals, including the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ NAELANEWS, the Gilfix Elderlaw Newsletter, the Leisure World News, the Los Cerritos Community News, and the Orange County Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Newsletter. He frequently lectures on estate planning, financial planning, real estate, elder law, and Medi-Cal long-term care planning issues. Tom has been an expert panelist on programs sponsored by Continuing Education of the Bar (University of California), Orange County Bar Association, and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
Mr. McKenzie is also a Registered Financial Consultant, a Series 7 licensed securities broker and Registered Representative, a licensed independent insurance broker, and a Series 65 Investment Advisor Representative. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Orange County, and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants. In January of 2011, Tom was selected as a “Five Star Wealth Manager Award Winner” by Los Angeles Magazine, which is an award given to less than 2% of all wealth managers in Southern California. In February of 2011, Mr. McKenzie was profiled in Newsweek Magazine’s “Wealth Managers of Los Angeles” section, as one of the Southland’s top advisers. In 2012, Tom was also profiled in Orange Coast Magazine as one of Orange County’s top wealth managers, and he received the award again in 2019.
Finally, Tom is a licensed real estate broker, a Realtor®, and a member of the California Association of Realtors®. He has been in the real estate business for over 19 years, and is currently affiliated with Re/Max Terrasol, with offices in Huntington Beach and Orange, California. He holds many advanced real estate certifications and designations. For example, he is a Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE®), Pricing Strategy Analyst (PSA®), First-Time Buyer Specialist (FTBS®), Resort & Second Home Specialist (RSPS®), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®). With an understanding of legal, financial and real estate issues, Mr. McKenzie is uniquely situated to advise his clients in the development of a truly comprehensive estate and financial plan.