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Thomas Edward Rossmeissl

also known as Tom Rossmeissl

About me

I am an experienced  Silicon Valley trusts and estates attorney with clients in San Jose , the South Bay, and throughout the Bay Area.   My practice includes estate planning, estate administration, and trust and estate litigation.


I love working with clients to prepare an estate plan uniquely suited to their needs and circumstances.  I help my clients navigate some of the difficult choices they have in arranging their affairs to take care of their families when they are no longer able to do so.  My clients put their trust and confidence in me to prepare wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, nominations of guardians and other documents according to their desires, to make sure that when bad things happen, a plan is in place to provide for themselves and their families.  My clients include high net worth families and individuals as well as families squarely within the 99%. 


With regard to my trusts and estate administration practice, I represent trustees in administering trusts after the death of a settlor and in addressing issues raised by beneficiaries.  I also represent beneficiaries of trusts when the trustee is not complying with the trustee's fiduciary duties.  I am also involved in probate administrations when a decedent's estate is not held in a trust.  


I am also a litigation attorney, and I represent clients in matters ranging from trusts and estates issues to complex business disputes.  I am a hard-working and zealous advocate for my clients.  I have tried cases in state and federal court, and I have settled many disputes. 


Clients like me because I am responsive to their needs, prompt in answering their questions, and because I provide top-notch service.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 45%
    13 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    24 years
  3. Trusts: 5%
    13 years
  4. Probate: 5%
    13 years
  5. Wills & Living Wills: 5%



Hourly ($425/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Tamara Jan Gabel

    Tom Rosmeissl is one of the best attorneys I know. He is that rare combination of superior intellect, skill and experience. Tom listens to his clients' needs, is able to ask pertinent and very personal questions, all while keeping his clients at ease. He works with his clients so well, to get them to take the time they need to think about issues with regard to estate planning – issues they likely had not thought of before, but which are crucial to the process. I recommend Tom Rosmeissl as an attorney of the highest order.


    Tamara Gabel Environmental and Natural Resources Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bryan Boyd Arnold

    Tom and I worked together on several matters and have a relationship that has spanned more than 20 years. He approaches issues with uncommon clarity, precision, and creativity. He is hardworking, pays careful attention to detail, and has great capacity to plan stragically for the long-term. I heartily recommend Tom.


    Bryan Arnold Government Contracts Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Law Office of Thomas E. Rossmeissl

50 W. San Fernando Street
Suite 1425
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV-Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
American Jurisprudence Award, Federal CourtsGeorgetown University Law Center1990
Degree Conferred Magna Cum LaudeGeorgetown University Law Center1990
Order of the CoifGeorgetown University Law Center1990
American Jurisprudence Award, Real PropertyGeorgetown University Law Center1988
Academic Recognition AwardMoore and Peterson1988
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Californa Davis/Phi Beta Kappa1984
Degree Conferred Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of California Davis1984
Phi Kappa PhiHonor Society of Phi Kappa Phi1984
Psi ChiPsi Chi National Honor Society1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, Attorney at LawLaw Office of Thomas E. Rossmeissl2015 - Present
PartnerTerra Law LLP2010 - 2015
Staff Attorney for Federal JudgeUnited States District Court2009 - 2010
Trusts and Estates AttorneyPillsbury WInthrop Shaw Pittman2008 - 2009
Regional Trust ManagerWells Fargo Private Bank2006 - 2008
Trusts and Estates AttorneyMount & Stoelker2002 - 2006
Litigation AttorneySkjerven Morrill1994 - 1998
Litigation AttorneyRosenblum Parish & Isaacs1993 - 1994
Litigation AttorneyKirkland & Ellis LLP1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, Union School DistrictVice Chair2015 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2015 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Chair2014 - 2014
Parent Leadership CouncilMember2012 - 2014
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Education Committee2012 - 2013
Alta Vista Home & School ClubPresident2012 - 2014
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of CommerceMember2010 - 2012
Schallenberger School Site CouncilChairperson2010 - 2011
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2008
Silicon Valley Planned Giving CouncilMember2007 - 2008
Silcon Valley Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Santa Clara County Estate Planning CouncilMember2002 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ArizonaMember1995 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitMember1995 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
United States District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1992 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Zwinger v. KimesObtained summary judgment
Jamie V. Luce-Calehuff TrustPetition granted
PBS v. HughesSettled favorably
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Publication nameTitleDate
PLC Cross-Border Private Client HandbookEstate Administration (chapter in publication)2009
The Intellectual Propery StrategistPatent Litigation: A New Approach to Claim Construction1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown Univ Law CtrN/Alaw1990
Univ of California DavisN/Aundergraduate1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of Congressman Don Edwards American Inn of CourtProbate and Bankruptcy: When Death and Debtor Collide2015
Membership MeetingTrusts and Estates: Real Property Issues2014
BusinessKillersBusiness Succession and Estate Planning2013
Membership MeetingEstate Planning & Administration2011
Ethics in LeadershipLegal Ethics2011
Wells Fargo Private Bank, Palo AltoEstate Planning2007
Members MeetingFundamentals of Estate Planning2007
100 Black Men of America ConferenceEstate Planning2007
Women and Investing SeminarEstate Planning2005
New Law Clerk Orientation and TrainingServing as Law Clerk to a Federal Judge2002
Meeting of MembersEstate Planning2002
Guest Speaker, Santa Clara University Intership ClassFederal Litigation Practice2001