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Jean M. Kohler is a partner in the Trusts & Estates Group and is certified by the State Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

Jean began her practice in the Trusts & Estates Department at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ms. Kohler relocated to the Bay Area in March 2003 where she continues her estate planning practice, focusing on the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives. Jean’s practice also includes estate and trust litigation, the administration of decedents’ estates (including both trust and probate estates), and conservatorship and guardianship matters.

Jean is an active member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association and San Mateo County Bar Association and previously served on the board of Palo Alto Community Child Care, an organization that partners with parents and regional agencies to provide quality, professional and accessible childhood care and education in the Palo Alto community.

Jean has been named a Northern California Rising Star since 2009 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Jean is licensed to practice law in California and Wisconsin.


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 34%
    14 years
  2. Estate Planning: 33%
    14 years
  3. Litigation: 33%
    14 years


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Contact info

Lakin Spears, LLP

Embarcadero Place 2400 Geng Road.
Suite 110
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


WIGood Standing200103/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLakin Spears, LLP2003 - Present
AssociateFoley & Lardner2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Advisory Commission of California Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Member2015 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of WisconsinN/AN/A
Palo Alto Community Child CareBoard Member2010 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of WisconsinPolitical Science, SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2015
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2014
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2013
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2012