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The 40 Northern California Estate & Trust Litigation Attorneys on the Super Lawyers List

Super Lawyers Northern California Estate & Trust Litigation

The Annual List of the Northern California Super Lawyers in Estate & Trust Litigation is said to be an exceptional compilation of exceptional attorneys. The 40 attorneys selected for the 2015 Northern California Estate & Trust Litigation List have offices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma Counties. Lawyers on the Estate & Trust Litigation Super Lawyers List have practiced law in California anywhere from 14 to 54 years.

The Super Lawyers 2016 List should be released in the early summer of 2016.

Selection into this prestigious group is a four-part process. According to Super Lawyers Director of Research, Julie Gleason, the four parts include:

  1. Nomination: Diverse list of the top attorneys nominated by their own peers;
  2. Independent Research - Validated with third-party categories, conducted by an attorney-led research team
  3. Evaluations - Candidates are grouped into categories based on practice area and reviewed by those attorneys who received the highest totals from each category
  4. Final Selection - 5% of Attorneys Selected To Super Lawyers - 2.5% of Attorneys Selected To Rising Stars

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Estate & Trust Litigation is one of these practice areas. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines as well as newspapers across the country.

The 40 Attorneys and their law firms listed as Northern California Super Lawyers in Estate & Trust Litigation are:

Alameda County:

Denise E. Chambliss

Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, Pleasanton

Phillip Campbell

Campbell Law Offices

Oakland

Neil F. Horton

Horton, West & Chambers

Oakland

Noel Margaret Lawrence

Law Office of Noel Margaret Lawrence, Oakland

Charles A. Triay

Triay Law Office, Oakland

Contra Costa County:

David W. Baer

Hartog & Baer, Orinda.

Loren L. Barr

Barr & Young, Danville

Oliver W. Bray

Gray & Greenwood, Martinez

James P. Cilley

Temmerman Cilley & Kohlman

Danville

Michael I. Lamay

Law Office of Michael I. LeMay

Walnut Creek

Michael J. Low

Janssen Doyle, Orinda

Joseph M. Morrill

Morrill Law Firm, Walnut Creek

Fresno County:

Leigh W. Burnside

Dowling Aaron, Fresno

Sacramento County:

Edward J. Corey

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, Sacramento

Kelly E. Sutter Dankbar

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, Sacramento

Michael A. Hackard

Hackard Law, Sacramento

San Francisco County:

James A. Barringer

Barringer Law, San Francisco

Dominic J. Campisi

Evans Latham & Campisi

San Francisco

Richard J. Collier

Cooper White & Cooper, San Francisco

Robert R. Cross

Skootsky & Der, San Francisco

Michael E. Freedman

Freedman Law Firm, San Francisco

Maria I. Lawless

Evans Latham & Campisi

San Francisco

John L. McDonnell, Jr.

Reed Smith

San Francisco

Ciarán O'Sullivan

The Law Office of Ciarán O'Sullivan, San Francisco

Seth M. Skootsky

Skootsky & Der, San Francisco

Charles P. Wolff

Evans Latham & Campisi

San Francisco

Andrew Zabronsky

Evans Latham & Campisi

San Francisco

San Mateo County:

Paul J. Barulich

Barulich Dugoni, San Mateo

Kathleen A. Durrans

Aaron Riechert Carpol & Riffle

Redwood City

Jeffrey R. Loew

Burns Loew, San Mateo

John D. Minton

Anderson Yazdi Hwang Minton + Horn, Burlingame

Edward D. Thirkell

Thirkell Law Group, San Francisco

Santa Clara County:

Kristofer W. Biorn

Crist Biorn Shepherd & Roskoph, Palo Alto

John H. Coward

Law Offices of John H. Coward

Los Gatos

Ellen McKissock

Hopkins & Carley, San Jose

Rebeccah B. Miller

Lakin Spears, Palo Alto

Jonathan D. Wolf

Berliner Cohen, San Jose

Steven L. Yarbrough

Besson & Yarbrough, Campbell

Santa Cruz County:

James S. Farrar

Grunsky Ebey Farrar & Howell, Watsonville

Sonoma County:

Gregory G. Spaulding

Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, Santa Rosa

The 40 Attorneys listed as Northern California Super Lawyers in Estate & Trust Litigation and their California Bar dates of admission are:

Attorney

Admission Date

Neil F. Horton

January 1962

John L. McDonnell, Jr.

January 1964

Edward D. Thirkell

June 1970

Robert R. Cross

December 1973

James S. Farrar

December 1973

Dominic J. Campisi

December 1974

John H. Coward

December 1976

Michael A. Hackard

December 1976

James A. Barringer

December 1977

Charles A. Triay

December 1977

Charles P. Wolff

December 1977

Richard J. Collier

November 1979

Noel Margaret Lawrence

December 1980

David W. Baer

December 1981

Gregory G. Spaulding

December 1982

Ellen McKissock

December 1983

Andrew Zabronsky

December 1984

Paul J. Barulich

June 1985

Oliver W. Bray

December 1985

Michael E. Freedman

January 1986

Michael I. LaMay

June 1986

Jonathan D. Wolf

December 1986

Seth M. Skootsky

January 1989

Rebeccah B. Miller

June 1989

Edward J. Corey

December 1989

Maria I. Lawless

December 1990

Kristofer W. Biorn

November 1992

James P. Cilley

December 1993

Michael J. Low

December 1995

Steven L. Yarbrough

December 1995

Kelly E. Sutter Dankbar

June 1996

Loren L. Barr

December 1996

Joseph M. Morrill

December 1996

Denise E. Chambliss

June 1997

Leigh W. Burnside

December 1997

Phillip Campbell

December 1997

Ciarán O'Sullivan

December 1998

Kathleen A. Durrans

December 1999

Jeffrey R. Loew

December 2001

John D. Minton

December 2002

While the 40 Estate & Trust Litigation lawyers are located in different counties, it is common for litigators to prosecute and defend probate, trust and estate litigation throughout Northern California. The Judicial Council of California's 2014 Court Statistics Report, Statewide Caseload Trends, 2003-2004 Through 2012-2013 provides interesting information as to the number and classification of the cases filed in the statewide Superior Courts. For FY 2012-13, the "probate filings totaled 41,419 cases." Table 2 "Court Trials, by County and Type of Proceeding to the Report" lists Probate and Mental Health trials by county. The information as to some of Northern California's more populous counties indicates that there is a relatively wide variation on the number of court trials, and that the incidence and number of such trials is not necessarily directly related to a particular county's population base. Extracting the information provided in the report, we can see the following:

County

Probate and Mental Health Court Trials

Alameda

626

Contra Costa

152

El Dorado

51

Fresno

181

Lake

178

Marin

121

Merced

144

Monterey

148

Napa

86

Nevada

13

Placer

Not Disclosed

Sacramento

614

San Francisco

2806

San Mateo

308

Santa Clara

1572

Santa Cruz

62

Shasta

206

Solano

120

Sonoma

395

Tuolumne

59

Yolo

37

Estate & Trust Litigation lawyers' caseload often includes work on matters such as estate administration, probate litigation, trust litigation and will contests. Evidentiary issues that are often addressed include capacity, elder financial abuse, fraud and undue influence.

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Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney Michael Hackard is dedicated to protecting clients and their interests.

Northern California is a terrific place to practice law, and the 40 Northern California Super Lawyers in Estate & Trust Litigation are often at the hub of estate and probate litigation. These attorneys regularly represent trustees, trust beneficiaries, and heirs in resolving differences stemming from estate disputes.

Michael A. Hackard, one of the 40 lawyers referenced above, is committed to excellence in the representation of clients in trust, estate and probate matters. We're proud to serve clients and protect their interests - contact us today so we can help you.

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Hackard Law

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Mather, CA 95655

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