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About John

John Goralka
phone:  (916) 440-8036

Professional Background
The Goralka Law Firm helps successful families and business owners minimize income tax, taxes on capital gains, estate tax, and better protect their assets. We help transition legacies and family values to the next generation.

John Goralka is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both legal ethics and legal ability. He is a highly respected taxation, estate planning, and business attorney with over 30 years of experience. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in Taxation Law and Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Law. Of the approximately 195,000 lawyers in California, only about 100 are Certified Specialists in both Taxation and Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate. John has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2016. He is also recognized as a top lawyer in the United States by US News and World Reports and by Best Lawyers for both taxation and estate planning.

John is an author and is frequently published in Kiplinger Financial and Wealth Building, CPA Tax Advisor,, and many other national publications. He also passed the uniform CPA examination and is a former income tax auditor.

Mr. Goralka is known for his ability to find creative and effective solutions to even the most complex tax and estate planning challenges. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients, and works tirelessly to protect their interests.

Areas of Practice

  • Income Tax, Capital Gains and Estate Tax Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Asset Protection Planning and Implementation
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Sales of Businesses and Real Property
  • Shareholder and Business Buy/Sell Agreements for Estate Planning and Business Continuation Purposes
  • Tax Litigation
  • Trusts
  • Probate and Trust Administration

John Goralka received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

A member of the State Bar of California and the Sacramento County Bar Association, he is also involved with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Sacramento Estate Planning Council’s Board of Directors. John is a member and instructor with the Center for Tax Strategies and Resources.

National and Local Recognition

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top ratings with
  • Recognized as a top attorney in the United States by US News and World Reports for Taxation and Estate Planning.
  • Recognized as a top taxation attorney in the United States by Premier Tax Planners
  • Distinguished Client Service Award – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Northern California Super Lawyer for Estate Planning and Probate, Tax, and Business Law
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer for Business and Corporate Law
  • Former Hearing Officer and Income Tax Auditor, Franchise Tax Board, California
  • Passed the California Certified Public Accountants’ (CPA’s) Exam
  • Approved Educator – California Department of Insurance
  • Approved Educator – California Certificated Financial Planning Board
  • Blue Star Wealth Professional

Community Service
Mr. Goralka is a member of the Broadway Sacramento Foundation Board of Directors. John is also a former member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council Board of Directors.

After over 25 years as a single parent, John recently married. He loves to travel, scuba dive, cook, work in the yard and appreciates fine wine and gourmet food. John has two large aquariums – one focused on marine or salt water fish and the other on tropical freshwater fish.