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Ellen Sarah Cookman

Ellen Sarah Cookman

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Elder Law

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Trusts: 40%
    8 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    8 years
  3. Elder Law: 10%
    0 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    0 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Ella Joanne Duncanson

    I have worked with Ellen for the past couple of years and she is a dedicated attorney who really cares about her clients.


    Ella Duncanson Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Melissa Wheeler Hoff

    Ellen is a wonderful attorney and truly cares about her clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Melissa Hoff Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Cookman Law

P.O. Box 51744
Palo Alto, CA, 94303



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust LawState Bar of California2014
Certificate of Estate PlanningGolden Gate University2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalCookman Law2015 - Present
AttorneyLakin Spears LLP2012 - 2014
AttorneyGilfix & La Poll Associates2008 - 2012
AttorneyMorrison & Foerster (Palo Alto)2004 - 2007
ClerkUnited States Court Of Appeals 3d Circuit2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2009 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Indiana International and Comparative Law ReviewFinding a Happy Ending for Foreign Investors: the Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in the People's Republic of China2005
Connecticut Journal of International LawTurn the Other Cheek, or Demand an Eye for an Eye? Religious Persecution in China and an Effective Western Response2004

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University, School of LawN/ACertificate of Estate Planning2011
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)N/AJ.D2003
Pomona CollegeMusic TheoryB.A.1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NAMI Alameda County General MeetingEstate planning tools for families with mental health challenges2015
Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), FremontEstate planning tools2015
Parents Place Palo AltoEstate Planning2014
NAMI Annual MeetingEstate Planning for Families with Special Needs2014
PresentationEstate Planning for Families with Disabilities2013