DAVID B. GAW, founder of Gaw Van Male in Napa, has had a unique vision from the very beginning. On graduation from Hastings College of the Law, Dave saw an opportunity to start his career in the Napa Valley, which was quickly blossoming into the epicenter of the California wine industry. Napa Valley has since grown into a world-class destination for forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and Gaw Van Male has also grown, with offices in Solano and San Bernardino Counties. Dave is both a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning, and Trust Law, and a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Through his systems approach, Dave has attracted a statewide client base, drafting over 5,000 estate plans, and frequently providing cutting-edge legal solutions to ensure clients' generational succession planning. Innovative practice techniques are critical for creating value for unique, high net-worth individuals and the Napa Valley's concentration of this type of clientele has allowed Dave to continually refine his advanced estate planning systems. Dave is a contributing author to California Trust Administration (2d ed Cal CEB 2001) and related CEB Action Guides.