Ronald P. Wargo is a partner with Friedemann Goldberg LLP. His practice focuses on estate planning, business law, intellectual property law, and sports and entertainment law. He has expertise in estate planning for high net worth individuals, including sophisticated trusts, business planning, income and transfer tax planning, and charitable endeavors.

Mr. Wargo is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He has practiced law since 1998 and is admitted to the bar in California and Wisconsin.

Mr. Wargo received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings School of Law. He has published numerous articles and delivered lectures on various aspects of estate planning, business, intellectual property and tax law.

Mr. Wargo has been included in the 2018 and 2019 Best Lawyers in America for his work in Trusts and Estates. Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Mr. Wargo as a “Super Lawyer” each year from 2014-2018 and named him a “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012. The North Bay Business Journal named him to its inaugural “40 Under 40” list in 2007.

Specific Experience

Mr. Wargo has nearly 20 years experience as an attorney for clients in the business, intellectual property, trusts & estates, and sports and entertainment communities.

Business Law

Friedemann Goldberg LLP’s Business practice provides full service counsel on all areas of transactional and organizational matters to individuals and institutions. Our clients encompass a wide variety of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships and those seeking to form them.

Sports & Entertainment

Friedemann Goldberg LLP’s Sports & Entertainment practice handles complex agreements, copyright and trademark matters, entertainment licensing, and mergers and acquisitions of companies. We advise our clients, which include well-known sports and entertainment talent, as well as production companies, on a variety of entertainment and media issues.

Estate Planning

We represent clients with wide-ranging needs in regard to complexity - from the high net worth to those with more traditional needs – with the same level of care and courtesy as we would expect for ourselves. We strive to relieve our clients’ concerns and ensure the maximum level of asset security through decreased tax liability and thoughtful generational wealth transfers.

Intellectual Property

We are dedicated to maximizing the value and security of our clients’ intellectual property. We advise and represent clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret and litigation matters, and our attorneys work closely with our clients to meet their particular needs at all stages of development.

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  • Juris Doctorate
  • University of California, Hastings School of Law
  • Senior Notes Editor, Communications & Entertainment Law Journal

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Berkeley


United States District Court
  • Northern District of California
United States Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit
United States Tax Court


State Bar of California
  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Trusts & Estates Section
Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Section
  • Trusts & Estates Section
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • "Recent Changes in Testamentary Capacity Rules" - Sonoma County Bar Association (February 23, 2016)
  • "Testamentary Intent: What Were They Thinking" - Sonoma County Bar Association (March 4, 2015)
  • "Permanent Portability Planning: Use of Portability in 2014 (and Beyond)" - Community Foundation of Sonoma County (May 21, 2014)
  • "California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act" - Sonoma County Bar Association (April 2014)
  • "Qualified Personal Residence Trusts" - Community Foundation of Sonoma County (Sept. 12, 2012)
  • "Estate Planning" - South Placer Estate Planning Council (May 2012)
  • "Transfer Tax Issues, Asset Protection, Liability and Litigation" - Society of California Accountants - North Bay Chapter (January 2012)
  • "Emotional and Psychological Issues of Estate Planning" - American Bar Association (November 2011)
  • "Formations of Partnerships and LLC's" - California State Bar (November 2011)
  • "Estate Planning for Digital Assets and Online Financial Accounts" - Strafford Publications (July 2011)
  • "Asset Protection Techniques for High Risk Clients" - National Business Institute (May 2011)
  • "Prepare Your Business to be Sued" - Sonoma County Bar Association (February 2011)
  • "Six Steps to an Effective Estate Plan" - Wells Fargo Financial (January 2011)