114 Pacifica, Suite 340
Irvine, CA 92618
Tel 949.627.4566

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Meet Our Wealth Management Team in Irvine


At Aspiriant, we recognize that our clients’ wealth means more than just long-term financial security. It represents decades of hard work, sacrifice, and determination. It represents prosperity and stability for future generations. It symbolizes a hard-earned family legacy that deserves to be protected. That’s why we take a different — even unconventional — approach to wealth management.

Aspiriant’s Irvine team of wealth managers and investment advisors takes this approach to heart. Instead of poring over spreadsheets and datapoints, they start the wealth management and financial planning process at the core: their clients’ long-term goals. Aside from providing comprehensive wealth management, financial planning, investment management, and investing advice, our Irvine team specializes in strategic planning. The team includes three partners and a Director in Strategic Planning — Clay Stevens, JD, LL.M. — who solely focuses on helping clients create and navigate the strategic planning process.

Our Irvine team’s commitment to providing sophisticated, yet empathetic client service has been recognized by the broader finance industry. Many members of the team are highly sought-after thought leaders and subject matter experts, having been featured in notable publications such as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Business Times, Financial Advisor Magazine, and Bloomberg Tax. Ryan Benson, CPA, CFP®, a partner and Director in Wealth Management, was also listed among Forbes’ Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors.

Outside of the office, Aspiriant’s Irvine team is also highly active in the local community and prioritizes giving back. As part of Aspiriant’s annual Day of Giving initiative, the team has volunteered with organizations such as Olive Crest, Families Forward, and the Ronald McDonald House. We’re proud of their commitment to enriching the lives of others, whether it be Aspiriant’s clients or the citizens located throughout Orange County who need it most.

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No fees were paid for the above mentioned awards and rankings. Please refer to the links for the judging methodology.

Ryan P. Benson, CPA, CFP®, Director in Wealth Management at Aspiriant in Ryan P. Benson, CPA, CFP®, Director in Wealth Management at Aspiriant in Irvine, CA

Ryan P. Benson CPA, CFP®
Director in Wealth Management, Partner


Malik Dawood CPA, MBT
Director in Tax Services

Stephen Kawasaki, CFP®, CFA®, Senior Research Analyst at Aspiriant in Irvine, CA

Stephen Kawasaki CFA®, CAIA, CFP®
Senior Research Analyst, Partner

Clay R. Stevens, JD, LL.M., Director in Strategic Planning at Aspiriant in Irvine, CA

Clay R. Stevens JD, LL.M.
Director in Strategic Planning, Partner