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Ellen Sarah Cookman

About me

I am happily surrounded by boys - my husband (who helps me at the office), our two sons Caleb and Isaac, and our dog Ulysses, pit bull-boxer mix.  In my limited free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, reading dystopian fiction, and having deep spiritual conversations with friends.  I am working on completing my LL.M. (Masters in Laws) in Estate Planning.  


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Practice areas


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


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Ellen is very smart and loves what she does. I highly recommend her.


    Robert Binion Insurance Attorney
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  • Courtney Alyce Rose Martin

    Ellen is a great attorney. Not only is she very knowledgeable about the law, but she is empathetic, patient, and compassionate. She is always willing to help, and she is a pleasure to work with.


    Courtney Martin Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cookman Law

350 Cambridge Ave. Suite 330
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


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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 LawEstate PlanningCertificate of Estate Planning2011
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Pomona College (Claremont)Music TheoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAMI San Mateo CountySpecial Needs Trusts2015
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