About Sanford M. Fisch

As a principal in the San Diego law firm of Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli, Sanford Fisch oversees a practice devoted to providing clients with exceptional estate planning guidance and peace of mind. This acclaimed estate planning practice has become a model of excellence for estate planning law firms across the country.

Believing that law is both a rewarding business and a noble profession, Sanford has dedicated himself not only to honing his own legal and technical expertise, but also to helping other attorneys improve their skills. His ardent desire and deep commitment to helping fellow attorneys drove him to co-found the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, an exclusive, membership organization serving the needs of attorneys and law firms nationwide.

Sanford approaches the practice of law with not just solid expertise, but also remarkable enthusiasm and vigor. By constantly seeking simpler, better and more effective ways of doing things, he continues to make a real difference in the lives of families, in the lives of attorneys and on the way estate planning law is practiced in the United States.


A solid legal education, including a Masters degree in tax law, was the foundation for Sanford’s career. In addition to building a prominent estate planning law firm, as well as co-founding the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, he has used innovative approaches to help families plan for a comfortable, crisis-free inheritance. Through his work at the Academy, he has become a recognized leader and much sought-after advisor, and consultant to law firms throughout the United States.

From 1982 through 1983, he worked as a Tax Specialist with Coopers and Lybrand, an international accounting firm. He also taught at the American College for Certified Financial Planners and Chartered Underwriters. He then started and served as principal of the Law Office of Sanford M. Fisch. In 1989, he joined forces with fellow estate planning attorney, Robert Armstrong and served as principal with Armstrong & Fisch, APLC and is currently a principal of Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli. In 1993, Sanford helped co-found the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Sanford is the co-author of several books including both Legacy Wealth Planning and Estate Planning Basics with Robert Armstrong, and The E-Myth Attorney with Armstrong and Michael Gerber.


A solid legal education, including a Masters degree in tax law, was the foundation for Sanford’s career. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in 1977, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, where he was a member of the National Mortar Board Honor Society.

In 1980, he went on to earn his law degree from the University of San Diego, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in civil procedure. He was also published in the Law Review, “To Be or Not to Be – Tax is the Question?”

In 1982, Sanford earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Taxation, from Georgetown University Law Center.


Sanford is the Co-Founder and former Chairman of the San Diego Senior Olympics. He enjoys surfing, running, hiking, biking, basketball, martial arts and golf. He lives in Pacific Beach with his wife Julie, and their daughter Tahlia.

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