Eugene Adrian Van Zelfden, Jr. is jointly licensed as both a certified public accountant and attorney; and has been actively practicing in Austin, Texas in both fields since 1979.  Adrian earned the rank Eagle Scout as a boy, a United States Air Force Academy Distinguished Honor Graduate, a former Air Force officer, and later earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctor (JD).

Adrian’s loyal following of business owner clients frequently remark about his friendly, easy to understand, insightful approaches to complicated business ownership and asset protection issues.

Adrian is on the adjunct faculty, teaching courses to business owners at Wizard Academy, an unusually advanced 21st Century business school.

A prolific writer and much sought-after presenter and trainer, Adrian draws on his lifetime experience counseling business owners–from small startup restaurants to large multinational advertising consultants.  He also currently represents a production company owned by a television star you might recognize.  Adrian’s observations about the hopes, dreams, and fears of his clients provide practical solutions to problems with taxation, risk management, litigation, and asset production in a way that everyone can understand and embrace.  Adrian says his clients are the heroes in his writings and presentations (with all the names changed, of course)!


J.D., Case Western Reserve School of Law, 1978

M.B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1972

B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1969, Distinguished Honor Graduate

Bar Memberships/Licenses

State Bar of Texas

Certified Public Accountant

State Bar of Florida (Retired Status)

American Academy of Attorney-CPAs

Texas Bar College

Texas Society of CPAs

Austin Christian Legal Society (One of the Founding Members)

Tax Practice Group, Coordinator for the Five-County Local Area

American Legion Veterans Organization

Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow


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AVZ Wizard Academy

“You can make the driest, dullest topics memorable and fun if you just use a little creativity.”

So says Adrian while instructing his students at The Wizard Academy.  Adrian also publishes a monthly blog, Tidbits in Time Almanac.

Fearless Business Ownership by Adrian Van Zelfden, Laura Sanders Fowler and John G. Pearce 

If you are a business owner and you can only read one book this year, Fearless Business Ownership is that book!  Written by two practicing attorney-CPAs and a trial lawyer, all of whom have successfully solved many problems faced by business owners.  The authors have also owned and managed successful businesses themselves. Fearless Business Ownership empowers its readers to go forth and operate… WITHOUT FEAR!