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Kelly Hope Zinser

Probate Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 25 years
    Illinois - IL 28 years
    Missouri - MO 28 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Kelly assists her clients with estate administration and probate.

    9 years

  2. Business
    Kelly has extensive experience helping many types of businesses ranging from small businesses to start up companies.

    29 years

  3. Estate planning
    Kelly helps her clients acheive and estate plan that is true to their values. She is also a mom which gives her a unique perspective on estate planning as she realizes that your kids are more important than the wealth aspect of estate planning. Unforutnately too many attorneys focus only on the wealth aspect of estate planning.

    16 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    Kelly has experience helping clients facing serious financial difficulties. This includes counselling clients regarding short sales, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

    16 years

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Kelly is founder in Zinser Law Group, PC.  Kelly enjoys assisting her entrepreneurial clients in forming entities, strategic alliances or negotiating deals.  She helps her clients achieve cost effective and practical asset protection.  In addition to her 18 years of legal experience, Kelly has the real world experience of negotiating short sales with lenders.  As a real estate broker, Kelly has assisted numerous families in need.  Kelly’s real estate experience inspired her to start this law firm, so that she could offer a different approach to legal advice.  As a mom, Kelly knows that people need to do what is best for their families and she is there to help them.  She also brings a parent's perspective to estate planning by not only focussing on the money aspect of estate planning but also focussing on the needs of the children.

Want to know more?  Kelly is the member of two state bars:  California and Missouri.  Kelly graduated with honors from Tulane Law School and her undergrad, Washington University in St. Louis.  At Tulane Law School, she was the Articles Editor of the Tulane Law Review.  Kelly also knows what judges look for from an attorney as she externed with the Honorable Morey L. Sear, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana.  She has also published legal articles in Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation.  

Kelly also has her own blog  and she can be found on LinkedIn.


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Zinser | Hayes
23 Corporate Plaza
Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Don V. | August 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick, Smart, Affordable
Kelly Zinser went above and beyond when helping me file both an LLC and a PC. I could not be happier with her services. She was patient and thorough when answering my long list of annoying questions. I will be going back to her for all my business needs for as long as she is in practice.
Posted by Elnaz | March 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very understanding and thoughtful
She is so patient and she explains everything on any aspects thoroughly. Kelly did really inform me of how everything should be done and she explained the details very well.
Posted by Candy | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Kelly Zinser
I felt scared and alone facing a divorce and bankruptcy on my own. Kelly had been very highly recommended to me. She was professional and took the time to explain the available options to me. After the first meeting I felt as if a tremendous weight had been lifted off my shoulders. She is very kind and compassionate yet very professional. She was always there to answer questions without making me feel as if I was taking up her time. Her staff was very helpful and kind as well. I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone. Kelly, I thank you for my fresh new start! - Candy, Laguna Niguel, CA
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Posted by Tara | February 4, 2013
OC's Best Attorney
Hiring Kelly Zinser to handle my Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case was the best decision I could have made. I was very hesitant to seek help with my financial difficulties, mostly because I couldn't stand the thought of people judging me. I was only ever treated with respect from everyone at the Zinser Law Group. This team is very thorough and efficient. I would urge anyone struggling financially to seek Kelly's help.
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Posted by Lemuel Casas | August 15, 2012
My American Dream
Kelly was my legal council while i was dealing with my own personal struggle for 4 yrs. Such as Housing foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Discrimination/ retaliation issues as state employee, Divorce Process. Now i am retired at age of 43 yrs old., giving back my service through volunteer and i am basic as i could say... I owe Kelly My future and living my american dream everyday... for facts? pls. see my Blogggs at Facebook and Twitter
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Posted by EL | August 9, 2012
Great Bankruptcy Lawyer
Kelly was very professional and knowledgeable. She explained everything clearly and made the whole process simple. She kept me well informed about the procedures I would go through and responded to all my inquiries in a timely matter. I would highly recommend Kelly.
Posted by Rogelio S. | June 3, 2012
I went to Olenicoff & Zinser, PC for help with my bankruptcy case. Kelly definitely understood my situation, and was able to provide great assistance throughout the whole process. Two years later, my credit is back to normal with the help provided by Kelly. Everything was done promptly and done RIGHT! Kristin M. Smith, Esq. who works with Kelly is definitely the best! Thank you all so much!
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Posted by Laura | March 21, 2012
Extremely intelligent, professional, and compassionate attorney!
Kelly provided unparalleled professionalism and compassion at a time when my family needed a helping hand the most. My parents were going through a very difficult time and I spent very much time researching the internet for an attorney that would provide great services AND would provide a caring approach to the precarious situation they were in. It turns out that by selecting Kelly that's exactly what we got: professionalism and thoughtfulness. She is a fantastic attorney that solved my parents case extremely promptly so that they could move on with their lives. We are so grateful to her for what she has done to us, that no words could ever accurately reflect the gratitude we will always have for her. I would strongly recommend her.
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Posted by Stanley | February 23, 2012
My Chapter 7 painless and easy.
Kelly, Good service seems hard to find, but thanks to you I've changed my mind! Thank to you and your staff has helped me filed chapter 7. I have got my discharged and a fresh start. Thanks a million for your professional work. Stanley Lake Forest
Posted by Cathy | October 3, 2011
Extremely grateful
Kelly's ethical professionalism is what made up my mind that she was the lawyer I wanted handling my case. Throughout this very difficult time, I found Kelly to be extraordinarily thorough, precise, honest and truly kind and empathetic. I at all times felt informed. I was prepared for all possible outcomes because of the integrity of my attorney. I would recommend Kelly Zinser to anyone who is facing difficult decisions and wants honest answers.
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Posted by Chris | September 22, 2011
Good, sound advice from this lawyer.
I have gone to a number of lawyers only to get the run around or set up. When I first called this law firm, a person answered the phone not an answering machine! I was told that I would get a return call which I got from Kelly Zinser herself! On the phone, she was courteous, not in a rush. After answering all my questions on the phone, I felt calmed. My appointment with her was no different. I got to her office a little early. Everything was set up for the appointment, and every one of my questions was answered. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Dr ACP | February 1, 2011
Professional, Prompt, knowledgeable and Caring Service
I was so pleased with the service Olenicoff and Zinser. From the very first visit, I was placed at ease and everything was handled in a caring professional manner. They were timely in their correspondance and really walked me through a very difficult time in my life. They never made me feel less than.
Posted by James | January 19, 2011
Excellent and Caring Advisor
Kelly has been a truly caring and knowledgeable advisor in my Bk process. She also was very prompt with her responses. You can definitely rely on her and I would recommend her without any hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2010
Made my mom's bankruptcy case easy to dealt with
Kelly and her associate are very straightforward, and presents information in a very clear manner. She also made herself available whenever my mom was unsure about something. The end result was my mom's case went off without a hitch. She made a terrible ordeal easy to deal with
Posted by Dave | February 6, 2010
Satisfied client
Kelly Zinser has such compassion and professionalism in the way she handled our case. Everything went so smoothly and time and again she would call or e-mail just to make sure that we understood everything that was going on in the procedure. We would highly recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2009
Caring, thoughtful and thorough...
Kelly Zinser has helped us to understand and deal with contracts and paperwork of all kinds. She is always very conscious of our needs and is able to use her vast legal knowledge to offer almost any kind of legal counsel. We would recommend her for any individual or family that was looking for thoughtful, caring and professional help.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2009
Loan Officer
Kelly is a wonderful lawyer you are able to talk with her and she gives you straight answers I would recommend her to family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2009
Top-Notch Legal Skills and a Caring Approach
Although Kelly has many years of experience gained from top-tier law firms and financial institutions, she incorporates her own caring and attentive legal style which makes handling complicated legal matters easier to understand and less stressful. She shares a wealth of personal finance knowledge and her legal team is capable of handling a range of issues.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2009
Excellent Experience!
Kelly's calm, professional approach immediately put us at ease while we were discussing our various options for our estate plan.  My husband and I were impressed with Kelly's thorough approach and ability to customize the plan to meet our needs.  With our little 16-mth old, it is more important than ever that our interests are protected!  We would HIGHLY recommend Kelly!  
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Broker - Owner
  • Playa Properties
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Zinser | Hayes
  • 2008 - Present
  • President
  • HUS Orange County Marketing Cooperative, LLC
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Broker-Owner
  • California South Coast Realty Inc.
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Buchalter Nemer
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Vice President and Counsel
  • Coast Asset Management
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Westfield Corporation
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Thompson Coburn
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Judicial Extern - Law Student
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • Tulane Univ Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Burton W. Wiand, as Receiver for Howard Waxenberg Trading LLC vs. H. Browning
  • Successfully negotiated settlement for client.


  • The Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • Program Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Orange County Marketing Cooperative
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • California Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2008
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2008
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Honors and Awards

  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2012
  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2011
  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2010
  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2009
  • Articles Editor
  • Tulane Law Review
  • 1994
  • Am Jur Award in Civil Procedure
  • Tulane University
  • 1993
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  • Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation
  • New Issues are the New Hot Issues - An Overview of NASD Rule 2790
  • 2004
  • Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions
  • SEC Moves to Increase Regulation and Oversight of Hedge Funds
  • 2004
  • Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation
  • Why Best Execution is in Your Best Interest
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • UCI Law School Seminar
  • Short Sales & Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Bankruptcy Fundamentals
  • Bankruptcy Fundamentals
  • 2011
  • Bankruptcy 101: The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 7
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (19)
Endorse Kelly
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Kelly for several years now and she is a leader and always professional. She is knowledgeable of the law and compassionate towards all. She is an articulate advocate, and these are characteristics every client wants in their attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse Kelly."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is an outstanding bankruptcy lawyer that knows how to get your case resolved and give you a fresh start. I know Kelly personally and recommend her services to anyone that is having debt issues."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a great lawyer. In addition to her legal acumen, I am also fond of her legal marketing skills. She has a thorough understanding of LinkedIn and Avvo, and has great insight and ideas about how to promote business."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Zinser is an honest, hardworking and transparent attorney. She puts her clients first. Bankruptcy is a nasty business, but with the guidance of Ms. Zinser, it can be seemless."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only is Kelly an expert in this area of the law but she truly cares about her clients!"
Business Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several clients to Kelly for representation on business and bankruptcy matters. I receive nothing but positive feedback from them about how their matters were handled. I am confident her clients are in good hands."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a star, simple as that. Very well informed, always prepared, always professional. Recommended without hesitation."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is smart, professional and on top of it. She is a very high quality debtor's counsel. If you need to file for bankruptcy, she is extremely capable of handling even the most complicated matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many clients to Kelly and have received such positive feedback regarding her genuine caring for what her clients are going through. She is very responsive to her clients' needs, kind, extremely bright and hardworking. I never hesitate to suggest her name to a client looking for someone to assist them with their bankruptcy questions/issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is the first lawyer I think of when it comes to referring estate planning or bankruptcy cases. She carries herself with the highest level of professionalism and is very helpful to her clients and fellow lawyers in the community. She is extremely hardworking. I highly recommend her."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kelly is a very bright and ethical attorney. Kelly brings compassion and experience to her work."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kelly is an excellent lawyer in her field, bright, quick, and provides top service to her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Kelly through a mutual friend and have been impressed by her professionalism and work ethic. I find her to be a person that is interested in helping those around her and looking for ways to make substantial contributions to her peers, family and community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
""Hope" is not only Kelly's name but the feeling clients get after meeting with her. Kelly has the compassion clients in difficult situations need and the skills to get those clients out of their dire financial conditions. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kelly is not only very intelligent and hard-working, but also compassionate and personable. She is truly dedicated to serving her clients well, and strives for excellent results."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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