Barry Siegel is known for his work with individuals and families alike. He specializes in estate planning, tax minimization strategies and asset protection solutions – topics on which he has spoken at numerous professional and civic functions.
Pulitzer Prize winner and former national correspondent of the Los Angeles Times, Siegel currently directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine where he also serves as professor of English. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Early Life and Education
Barry Siegel hails from Evansville, Indiana where he attended Adath B’Nai Israel temple and learned his Jewish roots. Barry Siegel has an avid passion for sports – particularly watching Purdue Boilermakers football and basketball games as well as the St Louis Cardinals baseball team! Additionally he supports numerous community charities and foundations, such as NJ Make-A-Wish Foundation.
He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his writing on child abuse, while at the Los Angeles Times. Now, Siegel oversees its new literary journalism program at University of California Irvine.
His nonfiction work explores communities grappling with moral quandaries, while his novels set in Chumash County explore themes found throughout his journalism career.
Barry Siegel has been a national correspondent with the Los Angeles Times for 28 years and received several honors during this time, including winning a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing (2002 Pulitzer Prize for A Father’s Pain, A Judge’s Duty and Justice Beyond Their Reach) that depicted how fate had connected two good men who were haunted by their choices to each other through children’s fates.
Siegel has lectured widely on estate planning strategies for business owners and executives. His approach entails fully understanding each client’s needs and objectives before developing an estate plan; often this involves tax minimization strategies as well as asset protection planning strategies.
He also has extensive experience working in sports. While serving as marketing director of California Special Olympics, he developed creative sponsorship opportunities to generate revenue for the event while negotiating multi-million dollar deals with Union 76 Gasoline, Toyota and Los Angeles Times companies.
Achievement and Honors
Barry Siegel has received numerous honors for his writings, including a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. A former national correspondent for Los Angeles Times and currently the director of literary journalism program at UC Irvine.
Fiction written by DeVille mirrors the themes covered by his journalism, depicting characters with no clear right answer in situations they cannot resolve themselves. DeVille also serves as a judge for Rutgers Law School trial and moot court programs and high school mock trial competitions in Morris County, New Jersey.
His career spans multiple industries and environments, from large corporate environments to early stage entrepreneurial environments. His experience encompasses creative, marketing, account service sales management as well as management capacities. In 2004, he established the Segal Family Foundation with the intention of helping individuals and communities in sub-Saharan Africa live stable lives while reaching their full potential.
Barry Siegel is an active philanthropist who donates generously to various charitable endeavors and organizations. Together with his wife Batya, Barry Siegel also actively proclaims the Gospel through Hebrew Messianic music – traveling regularly to Israel as well as other countries to perform Hebraic praise and worship services.
Siegel is the author of eight books, including A Death in White Bear Lake and Shades of Gray. A former national correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and currently the director of literary journalism program at University of California Irvine.
Siegel Law Group founder Eric Siegel’s grandmother Betty’s death without long term care insurance spurred his mission of helping families avoid similar hardships. At their law group, he strives to give peace of mind for his clients and their loved ones.
At the time of his death, Elvis Presley’s estate was estimated to be worth an estimated $100 million. Following her husband’s passing, his widow Priscilla established a revocable trust and hired Barry Siegel as business manager to oversee it all.
In February 2005, Siegel orchestrated a deal that saw Lisa Marie sell 85 percent of EPE (Elvis Presley Enterprises), the company that handled his image rights and royalties. This transaction netted her approximately $40 Million post tax.
Siegel maintained that Lisa Marie’s spending habits caused the estate to rapidly lose money. Lisa Marie responded that she was unaware of its status, stating that if she had known about this reality she would have reduced expenses immediately and cut Siegel’s $700K salary immediately.
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