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Michael Philip Kerner

Michael Philip Kerner

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Tax, Corporate & Incorporation, Partnership

About Me

I am certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.  I have 30 years of practice experience working with clients on estate planning matters, business formation and counseling, and corporate and partnership tax matters.  Our firm, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP, has been serving Bay Area clients for many decades.  In addition to my own practice areas, our firm's attorneys are experts in commercial real estate transactions, leasing, family law, intellectual property, and litigation.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal matters with you.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    6 years
  2. Partnership: 20%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  4. Tax: 20%



Hourly ($200-425/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP

199 Fremont Street
21st Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certified Specialist -Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law 2003State Bar of California2010
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell Peer Review2009
Northern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLeland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP2011 - Present
ShareholderJanin, Morgan & Brenner, P.C.1999 - 2010
Managing PartnerKerner, Weppner & Rosenbaum1983 - 1999
AttorneyU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1979 - 1983


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Alameda County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionChairman, Executive Committee2010 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
East Bay Estate Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
San Francisco Estate Planning CouncilMember2001 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1983 - Present
Solano County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate UniversityN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1995
Lewis and Clark CollegeLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Antioch CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Wills and Trust DraftingWills and Trust Drafting2011
Trusts and Estate PlanningTrusts and Estate Planning2010
Fundamentals of Estate PlanningEstate and Gift Taxes2003
Family Limited Partnerships and LLCsFamily Limited Partnerships and LLCs2003
Estate PlanningEstate Planning With Trusts2003