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Susan Joan Cooley

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Practice areas: litigation in probate, conservatorship, guardian and trust cases.
Ms. Cooley received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law.
Ms. Cooley is admitted to practice in California and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is a member of the Probate Sections of Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and San Fernando Bar Associations and served as a delegate to the California State Bar Convention. She served on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Estates and Trusts Section and was the Chair of that Section from 2000 through 2003.
Ms. Cooley has authored multiple articles for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on probate-related topics and has been a speaker and consultant to radio and television stations concerning the guardianship of O. J. Simpson’s children. She also has been a consultant to the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) on guardianship and conservatorship practice.
She has received the following awards and honors: selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Top Lawyers in Southern California and Super Lawyers, and has been awarded as the Boss of the Year by the San Fernando Valley Legal Secretaries in 1992. She has an AV in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer reviewing.
Ms. Cooley has handled and is recognized for her skill in the most complex probate-related litigation. Currently one of her cases, Estate of Duke (2011) 201 Cal. App.4th 559, is under review by the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Cooley participates in equestrian polo, is a published photographer of astrophotography and enjoys classical music (and was the assistant to the orchestra manager for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra from 1975 through 1979).


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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    30 years
  2. Guardianship: 25%
  3. Trusts: 25%
    30 years
  4. Probate: 25%
    30 years


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Contact Info

Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Birnberg & Coleman LLP

16133 Ventura Blvd., PH A
Encino, CA, 91436



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperlawyers2015
Susan J. CooleySuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperlawyers2013
Susan J. CooleyBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerSuperlawyers2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerOldman, Cooley, Sallus, Birnberg & Coleman1982 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Associations, Trusts and Estates SectionChairman2002 - 2003
Los Angeles County Bar Associations, Trusts and Estates SectionVice-Chair2001 - 2002
Los Angeles County Bar Associations, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2000 - 2001
Los Angeles County Bar Associations,Trusts and Estates Section Executive CommitteeMember1997 - 2000
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association Trust and Estates SectionMember1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalDecedent Estates and Digital Assets2013
California Continuing Education of th eBarCalifornia Guardianships2000
West Group PublicationWages v. Property of a Minor1999
Continuing Education of the BarCalifornia Guardianships1990
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California State Bar ConventionDigital Assets2014
Jewish National Fund Attorney Education ProgramUse of Parol Evidence in Will Contests2013
State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing CommitteeElder Abuse2008
Los Angeles County Bar Association ProgramIs There a Right to Die? End of Life Issues After Schiavo2005