Rob Egenolf


Robert F. Egenolf, CES©, JD, LLM, CES, Founder

The Egenolf Group LLP
(805) 962-1625
FAX (805) 962-8936

Principal partner in the law firm The Egenolf Group LLP in Santa Barbara, Rob has specialized in real estate law and taxation for over 45 years.

Rob earned an undergraduate degree in business, economics and math from United States International University, a Juris Doctorate from Cal Western School of Law, and a master’s in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law graduating first in his class. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1973 and has focused on real property law and complex exchange transactions throughout his career. Rob has been involved in thousands of exchanges all over the world involving properties valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He has lectured nationwide on this often complex and ever-evolving subject.

Rob founded Santa Barbara Exchange Corporation in 1984 and founded the first national intermediary company in partnership with First American Title Company in 1986. He co-founded Amherst Exchange Corporation in 1988.


Born, San Francisco, California
Raised, San Diego, California
Married to Judy Egenolf


2 children; 5 grandsons

Bar Activities:

Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Director 1977 and 1995 - 2001, Treasurer 1997, Secretary 1998, President 2000
Barristers Club of Santa Barbara, Director, 1975 - 1977 President 1976 – 1977
Chairman, Real Property Taxation Subsection of the Real Property Section of the California State Bar Association, 1990 – 1994
Legal Educational Activities:
National lecturer on Tax Deferred Exchanges, 1986 - 2005
Lecturer, California State Bar Association sponsored Continuing Legal Education Programs, 1990 – 1992
Lecturer, Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Education Program, 1980 - present


ADL - Distinguished Community Service Award - 2002
Women’s Economic Ventures – Man of Equality - 2002
Selected, National Directory of Who's Who, 1993 – 2006
Selected, Who's Who in American Law, 1992 - 2006

Community Non-Profit Activities:

Area IX Board, (TCADD), Director 1977- 1978
CALM, Director 1979 – 1980
Ensemble Theater Project, Director 1981 – 1983
Santa Barbara City College Theater Group, Director 1983 - 1984
Founder, Santa Barbara Aluminum Man Competition 1988
American Institute of Wine and Food, S.B. Chapter, Director 1991 – 1993
Santa Barbara Wine Auction, Director 1993 - 1994
Semana Nautica Masters Volleyball Tournament, Director 1993 – 1997
Planned Parenthood, Political Action Committee 1995
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Financial Development Steering Committee 1995 – 1996
Trustee, Laguna Blanca School 1997 – 2003
ADL – Santa Barbara Community Advisory Board 1999- 2004
ACLU Santa Barbara Chapter Director 2002 – 2004
Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara Dinner Committee 2004 – 2017
Foundation for Santa Barbara City College Director 2005 – 2007

Military Service:

Six years United States Naval Reserve, Honorable Discharge June 1969
Active duty in the United States Submarine Service January 1967 - December 1968

Other Licensed Activities:

Coast Guard Licensed Charter Yacht Captain 1971 – 1976
FAA Licensed Private Pilot 1986 – present
California Licensed Notary 1976 - present


Co-host of Doing Business in Santa Barbara weekly radio show 1994 - present