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Leighton Burrey

Litigation Attorney at Orinda, CA

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About Leighton

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Before he ever entered a courtroom or drafted an estate plan, Leighton experienced what it was like to be a U.S. Marine. Leighton learned many tough lessons in the Marine Corps and developed an interest in law after achieving the rank of captain. His interest in law persisted after leaving the Marine Corps which led him to the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

While attending law school, Leighton developed an interest in techniques to defend the transfer of wealth. He interned for a federal judge, clerked for an outstanding lawyer who focused on trusts and estates, and concentrated his legal studies in business law and tax law. After graduating, he worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Marshal Whitley at the Superior Court in Alameda County. Leighton obtained a firm grounding in all of the major areas of federal taxation when went on to obtain a Master in Laws (Taxation) at Golden Gate University School of Law. The application of trust, estate, and tax law to individuals and businesses shifted into high gear when he went on to work for an international tax firm representing private clients and ultimately joining a trusts and estates practice at a boutique law firm.

Today, Leighton’s interest in using techniques to defend the transfer of wealth still exists. However, he now recognizes his integrated trust, estate, and tax experience can provide him with valuable strengths that can be strategically leveraged to help clients.

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Licensed for 7 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 12/05/2022

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

Contact Leighton

Business Estate & Tax Attorneys, P.C.
4 Orinda Way
Suite 110-D
Orinda, CA, 95463

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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Always there when I needed him
Leighton‘s approach in helping me with a lawsuit against an abusive trustee was pivotal. He quickly assessed what mattered most to me and focused on my goals from start to finish.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-415 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Business Estate & Tax Attorneys
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hartog Baer & Hand APC
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Tax Associate
  • Anderson Tax
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Adjutant
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2002 - 2007
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2013
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • Trust Litigation
  • Trustee Removed
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Settled

Associations

  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Start
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018

Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) - Probate Workflow Manual
  • Transfer of Assets and Discharge of Representative
  • 2020
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Transfer of Assest and Discharge of Personal Representative, Decedent Estate Practice
  • 2019
  • Matthew Bender publication
  • Assistant Editor
  • 2019
  • Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Trust Litigation
  • Assistant Editor
  • 2018
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Transfer of Assest and Discharge of Personal Representative, Decedent Estate Practice
  • 2018
  • Matthew Bender publication
  • Assistant Editor
  • 2018
  • Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Trust Litigation
  • Assistant Editor
  • 2017
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Transfer of Assest and Discharge of Personal Representative, Decedent Estate Practice
  • 2017
  • Matthew Bender publication
  • Assistant Editor
  • 2017
  • California Will Drafting, 3d.: 2016 Update
  • Spendthrift Clauses, Chapter 27
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Settled and Approved: Fiduciary Accounting from Start to Finish
  • Fiduciary Accounting
  • 2020
  • Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques
  • 2018
  • Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning
  • Marital Deduction Planning
  • 2018
  • Annual Update: 2016 in Review
  • Trusts & Estates
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Leighton for several years. Leighton has all the skills needed to be an effective counselor. I strongly endorse Leighton as an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the good fortune of working with Leighton at our prior firm. I witnessed first-hand his passion and care, and his desire to provide the best in client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Friend
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
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