AGNIESZKA K. ADAMS Roisman Henel LLP, Oakland
Agnieszka Adams is a partner at Roisman Henel LLP, and is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law.
Agnieszka has been recognized by her peers as one of Northern California’s “Rising Stars” from 2012 through 2016. She is a member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers and the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Barristers Club Section of the San Francisco Bar Association. Agnieszka also volunteers her time at the Alameda County Bar Association VLSC Guardianship Clinic. Agnieszka attended the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom where she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree.
She received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Agnieszka is a native of Poland and lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.
BETI T. BERGMAN Peninsula Law, Torrance
Beti Bergman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She focuses on probate, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, elder abuse, and trust and probate litigation. Ms. Bergman received her JD from UC Davis School of Law She also earned a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from Long Beach State with distinction, and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from UCLA.
Ms. Bergman actively serves on the board of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers' Alliance and has served on the board of the Multi-Cultural Bar Alliance and the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Board of Directors. She is a past president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers' Association, where she served on the Board of Governors for eight years.
DAVID J. BRILLANT Brillant Law Firm, Walnut Creek
Super Lawyers consistently recognizes David as one of the top lawyers in Northern California. David specializes in estate planning, trust administration and probate services for clients. He is one of the few who also specializes in the subspecialty of trust and estate litigation. David has tried numerous cases representing trustees and beneficiaries over disputes large and small. David started as a complex civil litigator, handling litigation matters ranging from construction to business disputes to tax matters against the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.
While the vast majority of David’s work focuses on all aspects of trust and estate matters, he continues to handle business, real estate and tax matters for his clients. David is a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. He received his J.D. and LL.M from Golden Gate University School of Law.
DAWN HALL CUNNEEN Cunneen Booth LLP, Carlsbad
Dawn Hall Cunneen has over 20 years of experience representing clients in estate planning, estate and gift taxation, family succession planning, post-death trust and probate administrations, and trust estate and probate litigation. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Cunneen has significant experience working with complex family dynamics, high concentrations of commercial real estate, and unique assets. Ms. Cunneen represents lay trustees, licensed professional fiduciaries, and corporate fiduciaries in all aspects of trust and probate administration. Ms. Cunneen represents clients in will and trust contests, complicated estate accounting disputes, disputes requiring extensive forensic accounting to identify misappropriated assets, disputes regarding how a fiduciary has managed an estate (breach of fiduciary duty claims), disputes concerning the construction or interpretation of a will or trust, contested conservatorship proceedings and elder financial abuse matters. Ms. Cunneen writes and speaks on complex trust accounting and breach of fiduciary duty litigation. She writes and speaks frequently on many of these matters. Ms. Cunneen received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.
JAMES P. LAMPING Law Offices of James P. Lamping, San Francisco
James P. Lamping, is an attorney specializing in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and litigation related to these areas. His practice is located in the Bay Area, Napa County, and Sonoma County. Mr. Lamping is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he also earned an LL.M in Taxation.
GREGORY J. LEDERMAN Law Offices of Gregory J. Lederman, Woodland Hills
Mr. Lederman represents clients in a wide variety of trust, estate, and probate matters including will preparation, living trusts, special needs trusts, probate litigation and administration, conservatorships, and trust administration. Mr. Lederman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He received his J.D. from the University of LaVerne College of Law.
DAVID D. LITTLE Hartog, Baer & Hand APC, Orinda
David Little has been practicing law for 17 years and has specialized in trust and estate law for the past nine years. David is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. While his practice is focused on estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates, he also has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation. He previously worked as a trust officer in a bank trust department. David has presented throughout California on estate planning and administration topics. He has published articles on litigating trustee compensation matters in Matthew Bender’s California Trust Litigation and California Forms of Pleading and Practice guides, and on dealing with a deceased debtor in CEB’s Debt Collection Practice guide. David currently serves as Treasurer of East Bay Trust and Estate Lawyers, and he is a past president of the East Bay Estate Planning Council. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
JOHN R. STUBBS Law Offices of John R. Stubbs, Manhattan Beach
John is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He focuses on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration. In addition to creating estate plans, John assists families in implementing plans when loved ones pass away, and in setting up guardianships for minors, individuals with special needs, and individuals who can no longer manage their own affairs.
John earned a masters of business administration (MBA) from University of California at Los Angeles, and a JD from Loyola Law School. In 1985, John became a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1984. John proudly served as a Naval Aviator flying the A-6 Intruder deployed aboard the USS Midway during the Vietnam conflict. Prior to his career in law, John was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior to Sony, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising global clients in the entertainment industry for over 18 years.
BRIAN P. TSU Higgs Fletcher & Mack, San Diego
Brian P. Tsu is a partner in the Trusts, Estates and Estate Planning practice group at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. Mr. Tsu advises high net worth clients in the areas of domestic and international estate and charitable planning, with particular emphasis on domestic and international business succession planning, wealth transfer planning and fiduciary income taxation. Mr. Tsu also advises clients in the context of complex estate and trust administration, particularly when tax or international issues are present.
Mr. Tsu is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is a Certified Specialist in both (1) Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and (2) Taxation Law, each by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Tsu serves as Vice Chair of the Estate and Gift Taxes Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and on the Taxation Executive Committee of California Lawyers Association. Mr. Tsu is a regular speaker and contributing member of the American Bar Association, Tax and Real Property, Trust & Estate Sections; the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); the State Bar of California, Taxation and Trusts & Estate Sections; the California Society of CPAs; and the San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section.
NICOLE D. WARMERDAM Carr McClellan, PC, Burlingame
Ms. Warmerdam is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She assists clients with drafting and implementing their estate plans, petitioning the probate court to resolve issues relating to estates and trusts, and navigating the process of administering estates and trusts after death. Ms. Warmerdam frequently advises clients regarding the minimization of gift, estate, and property taxes. Her practice has focused on non-tax issues affecting the planning and administration of estates and trusts, such as marriage analysis and property co-ownership for same-sex and unmarried couples, family business management succession, planning for vulnerable beneficiaries and the protection of assets from creditors. Ms. Warmerdam received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.