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Theodore Michael Hankin

Litigation Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Much of the litigation that I do relates to controversies between family members such as claims of incompetency or undue influence with respect to a will or trust.

  2. Probate

  3. Trusts

  4. Estate planning

  5. Business

  6. Tax


Theodore M. Hankin is a licensed attorney and Certified Public Accountant (Ret.) in the State of California. He has practiced law since 1977 and uses his decades of experience to help clients in Orange County and the surrounding areas through complicated legal matters. He represents law firms, brokers, dealers, engineers, manufacturers, those in the computer technology industry, and other professionals and individuals. He also has substantial estate planning and transactional law experience, helping clients plan for and protect their best interests. To learn more about Mr. Hankin’s practice, schedule your free initial case consultation with Messina & Hankin.


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2013
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Messina & Hankin, LLP
1400 Quail Street, Ste. 200
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Bob | April 19, 2013
Outstanding Member of Attorney Profession
In our case we asked Ted Hankin to step in and represent us in a probate case best put as one being well down the legal malfeasance well. An absolutely amazing turn around was the result. As we saw it, Ted has a broad palette of legal skills (including having a CPA) that he employs in a systems engineering manner. That is, Ted knows the total environment of his cases. In ours, within a month, Ted advised our revised path through the legal forest, a path that brought success. It seems Ted knew every turn, every tree, every alternative and its consequences along that path. And this is a major attribute of Ted – so did we! Nothing hidden. Ted often said, ‘I want you to know the total environment of your case and every item that could impact it and what we will do to get through this.’ Available 24 hours a day, Ted is a skilled attorney with a sense of humor who is always realistic with the client and the case. An outstanding example of his attorney profession.
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Posted by Eyal | May 3, 2013
Simply Masterful
I have used Ted for Business and personal for over 25 years now. His logician approach always kept me out of trouble and his ability to navigate any issues that came by my path kept me successful in all my business. There are attorneys that are deal makers and some that are deal breakers Ted has always focused on the outcome, a deal resolution of issues and have been a great asset for me in my business and personal life to achieve results. I am recommending Ted with all my heart for his integrity, processed thinking, problem resolution and knowledge. Many people know the law but how to use it to achieve the best outcome is the artistic part of a great attorney and Ted is certainly a master at that!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
WOW-Look no Further!
Yes, I can be a bit dramatic, but let me say it again, WoW! I liked his picture and "ready for a courtroom showdown" so gave him a cold call. He was the most gracious, well mannered attorney I've spoken to. I'm a Paralegal and have a pending probate case so that says a lot! Aside from his excellent manner and professionalism, the guy knows his stuff. I have been through five (thought it was only 3:) probate attorneys for the last 9 years and Mr. Hankin gave me information that was pivotal to the success of my case; information that I should have already been told. I know, where was he 9 years ago! Let me tell you, he would have been my attorney and this case would have come to a conclusion years ago. Thank you again Mr. Hankin, your kindness put my trust back in humanity. ~A
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust Litigation Attorney Who Helped Our Family
Needing help with probate court and how to best deal with our trust litigation matter at hand, I was referred to Ted Hankin. We had a family dispute after the passing of my father and his trust, and Ted helped us save a considerable amount of money by taking the right steps. He will answer your questions along the way and keeps you informed of the process.
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Posted by Peter Piazza | May 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
subsequent review
I recently posted a review of this attorney but my review may have been premature, as we were not yet finished completing our exchanges. Since my earlier review Mr. Hankin wrote to me again. He shed tremendous light on the one pressing question that baffled me, and he did so in a professional manner. My initial aim was to utilize his services in the Appellate Courts, but it appears my case lacks the "teeth" for a successful appeal. If that were not my unfortunate predicament I'd most assuredly hire Mr. Hankin. Sometimes the devil is in the details. He's a details oriented attorney who takes the time to explain matters to his clients and prospective clients. I can't speak to other areas of his law practice, but for anything pertaining to California Trusts or Probate matters he's the "go-to" attorney!
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Posted by Dane | November 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
General Corporate Counsel
Mr. Hankin has been our general Counsel since our firm was formed. He has continually performed in a professional and dedicated manor to assist in our legal matters. Including, but not limited to contract assistance, litigation counsel, and corporate welfare.
Posted by Kerri | July 13, 2015
Outstanding business and non-profit attorney!
Ted Hankin has done outstanding work for our foundation - Kasem Cares based out of California. With his help and excellent writing skills and attention to detail, he helped us get our 501(c) 3 non-profit approved in only two months! He takes the time to explain legal jargon and terms on a level that is easy to understand. His experience and professional nature comes through when working with him. I recommend his services. - Kerri
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Posted by Karen | December 3, 2013
Theodore Michael Hankin
I was referred to Mr. Hankin by a family law attorney friend. I immediately felt confident with Mr. Hankin's experience & knowledge for my unique case. Mr. Hankin always responded promptly to my concerns & inquiries. He always kept me informed & current on the status of my case. He collaborated with co-admin counsel, tax attorney, estate attorney, etc. during the course of my case. He gave me advise & guidance that was always in my best interest. And he went "above & beyond" numerous times during the duration of my case, leading to a successful outcome. Mr. Hankin is the consummate professional and I would definitely highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lisa | May 12, 2013
Experienced Attorney Who Teaches & Guides You With What's Going on Along The Way With Your Case!
Ted has been very helpful with my case. He is well versed in business law, trust and probate and other relevant law matters that my case has required. What I have liked most about Ted is that he takes the time to explain to you in layman's terms details and relevant goings about my case and its process. He keeps you in the loop and makes you feel like he really cares about the outcome. You are not just another statistic to him. I also see a difference (compared to prior attorneys) in his many years of experience as an attorney and CPA. I highly recommend Ted for helping me with what could be considered a difficult case. His high ethics for his profession are second to none. The attorney you choose, does make a difference. I am happy he's been on my side!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 675-675 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Messina & Hankin, LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Shareholder
  • AlvaradoSmith, APC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Attorney/CPA
  • Theodore M. Hankin, Attorney/CPA
  • 1986 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Oster, Suchman & Hankin
  • 1983 - 1986
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Undue Influence
  • Satisfactory settlement
  • Hansen v. Hansen
  • For my client


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Leadership Cabinet
  • 2001 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Litigation
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • California Board of Accountancy
  • 1978
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  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • The Human Cost in Estate Planning
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Experience Show
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Annual Update
  • Update on GST
  • 1996
  • Annual Update for CPAs
  • Update on Estate Planning
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
Endorse Theodore
Litigation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Ted on a messy and difficult breach of trust case where I represented the petitioning beneficiary when he substituted in as counsel for the responding former trustee. Up to that point the case had been bogged down for over a year with discovery and accounting disputes. Ted did a highly professional job with and for his client, and the matter was resolved by a court approved settlement in fairly short order. I was impressed with Ted's ability to break through the mutual distrust and dislike between the parties so a fair result could be reached."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly respected in the legal community, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ted Hankin while his partner at AlvaradoSmith, APC. The matter involved international estate matters for the elderly parents of my client who is a high profile entertainment/motion picture client. Ted handled the matter with care, professionalism and sensitivity, all to the complete satisfaction of my client and her parents."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"We have different opinions (we are lawyers), but always found Ted to be a respectful and knowledgeable advocate for his client. He also made a significant effort to resolve a litigated matter as efficiently as possible."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ted has just recently joined our firm as a partner but I have known and worked with Ted for over 11 years. My endorsement of Ted is so strong that Ted is the attorney my own family chose to handle their trust and estate matters. Ted's knowledge of the law is second to none and his integrity is without question. Ted is my friend and partner; for this I am grateful."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I personally know Ted to be an extremely smart, honest and ethical attorney. Highly recommended."
Probate Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Hankin and I worked on a case together and I greatly appreciated leaning on his expertise in the area of probate and trusts. Since then, he has always been willing to assist and answer questions that arise from time to time dealing with estate planning. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
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Newport Beach Litigation Lawyer Theodore Michael Hankin
Theodore Michael Hankin
Litigation Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 46 years