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For more than two decades, Michael Freedman has provided effective, knowledgeable, and skilled litigation services to clients throughout California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Freedman has been lead trial attorney in numerous jury and bench trials, served as general counsel for a major closely held corporation, and has been admitted pro hac vice in New York State and Colorado to represent his corporate client in major business litigation. Michael has focused his practice on trusts and estate litigation and has handled numerous complex and contested trust and estate matters throughout California.


Michael Freedman has built a solid reputation as an experienced, skilled and dedicated practitioner. He has consistently upheld this high standard of service. Michael Freedman has also achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review rating system, its highest rating.


Northern California Super Lawyers 2012


Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 50%
    31 years, 15 cases
  2. Probate: 50%
    31 years, 20 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey David Janoff

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael provides both strong advocacy and a thoughtful approach to the needs of his clients. Probate work requires an experienced hand and a detailed knowledge of the law. Michael possesses both of these qualities. I would highly recommend him to any client seeking help with a probate matter.


    Jeffrey Janoff Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Freedman Law Firm

Suite 1200
580 California Street
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawState Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization2011
Phi Beta KappaState University of New York1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFreedman Law Firm2003 - Present
General CounselU.S. Nursing Corp.1998 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Educating Seniors ProgramSpeaker2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1986 - Present
The Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trust of CSettlement for seven figure amount
Russell Family Trust$280,000 verdict against trustee who mishandled trust funds. Tehama County
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
State University of New York at BuffaloEnglish and EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Financial Planning Day/Estate Planning WorkshopEstate Planning2014
Bernal Heights Senior CenterEstate Planning, Financial Elder Abuse2009