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Michael Austin Hackard

Litigation Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   17 reviews

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Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    45%
    Trust Litigation. Unfair Business Practice Litigation. Products Liability Litigation. Real Estate Litigation.

    46 years

  2. Trusts
    30%
    Trust litigation; Self Settled Trusts; Charitable Trusts; Dynasty Trusts; Domestic Asset Protection Trusts; Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts.Fiduciary Litigation; Avoiding Probate; Special Needs Trusts; Business Succession Planning; Charitable Giving; Estate Planning.

    46 years

  3. Wrongful death
    15%
    Wrongful Death Lawyer; Serious Personal Injury; Grief and Loss; Falling Tree Death; Negligence; Wrongful Death Lawsuit; Fatal Injury.

    46 years

  4. Business
    10%
    Limited Liability Companies; Limited Partnerships; Corporations; Creditor Protection Laws; Business Sales and Reorganizations; Business Formations and Buy-Sells. Representation of Borrowers and Guarantors.Family Limited Partnerships.Life Insurance Planning. California Private Retirement Plans.

    46 years

Michael A. Hackard. Michael A. Hackard is the principal attorney of Hackard Law Corporation - a Sacramento, California firm which represents wealthy families with extensive business interests as well as clients impoverished by the wrongdoing of others. Dedicated to clients. Hackard Law Corporation’s work also includes the representation of individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, trustees and corporations involved in residential and commercial real estate development, homebuilding companies, construction businesses, general commercial real estate, and general commercial enterprises.The lawyers at Hackard Law also focus on civil and bankruptcy litigation, fiduciary litigation, will contests, trust contests, trust decanting, beneficiary rights, probate administration, special needs trusts, supplemental needs trusts, estate planning and taxation, gift planning and taxation, title to assets, family business trusts, dynasty trusts, domestic asset preservation trusts and asset protection.

 

Geographic Areas. Geographic areas covered in Northern California include the Central Coast, the Central Valley, Coastal California, East Bay, Eastern California, Emerald Triangle, Gold Country, Lake Tahoe, Mount Shasta, North Bay, North Coast, Russian River, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Peninsula, San Joaquin Valley, Santa Clara Valley, Sierra Nevada, Silicon Valley, South Bay, Telecom Valley, Tri-Valley, Upstate California, Wine Country, Yosemite, Yuba-Sutter Area, Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba, Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Union City, San Francisco, Portola Valley, San Mateo, Redwood City, Hillsborough, Atherton, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, San Jose, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Amador City, Plymouth, Biggs, Oroville, Angels Camp, Colusa, Williams, Chico, Paradise, Ione, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Antioch, Clayton, El Cerrito, Martinez, Oakley, Pinole, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Brentwood, Concord, Hercules, Moraga, Orinda, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Danville, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Crescent City, Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, Clovis, Firebaugh, Huron, Mendota, Reedley, Sanger, Coalinga, Fowler, Kerman, Orange Grove, Fresno, Kingsburg, Parlier, Selma, Orland, Arcata, Ferndale, Trinidad, Blue Lake, Fortuna, Eureka, Rio Dell, Corcoran, Hanford, Lemoore, Lakeport, Clearlake, Susanville, Chowchilla, Madera, Belvedere, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Fairfax, Novato, Sausalito, Fort Bragg, Willits, Point Arena, Ukiah, Atwater, Livingston, Gustine, Los Banos, Merced, Alturas, Mammoth Lakes, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Gonzalez, Marina, Salinas, Soledad, Del Rey Oaks, Greenfield, Monterey, San City, King City, Pacific Grove, Seaside, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga, Yountville, Napa, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, Colfax, Loomis, Roseville, Portola, Citrus Heights, Galt, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Folsom, Sacramento, Serrano, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Hollister, San Juan Batista, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Lathrop, Linden, Ripon, Lodi, Stockton, Belmont, Colma, Foster City, Menlo Park, Pacifica, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Brisbane, Daly City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, San Carlos, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Capitola, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Anderson, Redding, Benicia, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Dixon, Suisun City, Vallejo, Fairfield, Cloverdale, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Ceres, Newman, Riverbank, Hughson, Oakdale, Turlock, Modesto, Patterson, Waterford, Live Oak, Yuba City, Corning, Red Bluff, Tehama, Dinuba, Lindsay, Visalia, Exeter, Porterville, Woodlake, Sonora, Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodlands, Marysville, Wheatland, Freeway 99, 50, 5, 40, 80, 70, 505, 20, 88, 49, 113, 121, 29, 101, 16, 120, 88, 89, 580, 680, 33, 180, 280, 140, 120, 4, 152, 65, 4, 44, 36, 299, 1, 396, 128.

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Licensed for 46 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Hackard Law Corporation
10630 Mather Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95655

Reviews

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Posted by Mary | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The expert in Trust litigation and undue influence!
simply cannot express in words, how one email to Hackard Law, worked miracles! We had a very messy issue with a Trust, no money to pay for legal fees and every attorney we spoke with turned us down without a retainer. Time was ticking and we began to lose faith. Then I found HackardLaw on youtube. Something about Mike Hackard struck me as genuine. We watched his videos and learned why he is the best in Trust litigation. We gave it a shot and sent an email. The very next morning Mike called us promptly,. He understood exactly what we were going through, he understood why we had no money. He said he could help. THE VERY NEXT DAY, Mike flew out from Sacramento to Los Angeles and met us in person. We signed a contingency contract with him after he explained in great detail his plan of action. I didn't check his jacket when we dropped him off at the airport, but this man had to have wings! His name alone, made other attorneys want to mediate right away!!! Hackard Law gave us hope and our dreams back, when we couldnt even raise our chin! If you have an impossible case, or you just need the best.. call Mike Hackard. You will never need another attorney again! Words cannot explain how this one man changed our world.
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Posted by Cathy | September 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Estate and Trust Attorney
I simply cannot express in words, how one email to Hackard Law, worked miracles! We had a very messy issue with a Trust, no money to pay for legal fees and every attorney we spoke with turned us down without a retainer. Time was ticking and we began to lose faith. Then I found HackardLaw on youtube. Something about Mike Hackard struck me as genuine. We watched his videos and learned why he is the best in Trust litigation. We gave it a shot and sent an email. The very next morning Mike called us promptly,. He understood exactly what we were going through, he understood why we had no money. He said he could help. THE VERY NEXT DAY, Mike flew out from Sacramento to Los Angeles and met us in person. We signed a contingency contract with him after he explained in great detail his plan of action. I didn't check his jacket when we dropped him off at the airport, but this man had to have wings! His name alone, made other attorneys want to mediate right away!!! Hackard Law gave us hope and our dreams back, when we couldnt even raise our chin! If you have an impossible case, or you just need the best.. call Mike Hackard. You will never need another attorney again! Words cannot explain how this one man changed our world.
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Posted by Carolyn | March 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A great experience!
I've known Mike Hackard as a quality individual since our grade school days together. His breadth of legal and political experience allowed him to see the larger, more complicated picture, to provide important perspective, and to discuss the alternatives reasonably available to us on our case. His willingness to help us at this critical and time-sensitive point is so greatly appreciated. I highly recommend him and his firm!
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Posted by Matt | May 29, 2015
Best in the business
I was told by a trusted friend that Mike was simply the best in the business and I am please to say that it is absolutely true. Every step of the way Mike and Eurik kept me informed and offered the highest level of knowledge. They masterfully resolved my matter and I could not be more pleased.
Posted by George | December 31, 2014
Creative Solutions + Incredible Expertise + Caring for Clients = Michael Hackard
Mike Hackard is one of those rare professionals who will do absolutely everything he can to take care of his clients needs. His vast understanding of the law allows him to provide creative solutions beyond the standard quick fixes many attorneys prescribe. Mike is never one to wing his way through a client case - he'll tell you if your issue is outside his realm of expertise and he'll make sure you get referred to a like-minded professional that meets Mike's high standard of care. Thanks to Mike's help, my family has saved 7 figures just by properly structuring my father's estate plan.
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Posted by Dave | May 22, 2014
General Patton of the legal field
If I need a lawyer that knows how to storm the hill and win almost any battle - it is Mike Hackard. I have witnessed this time and time again over the 32 years I have known him.
Posted by Sandra | July 18, 2013
A dedicated attorney
Mike made himself available and worked with me on several matters. He has a strong but calm manner is thorugh, reasonable and pragmatic you can count on him. He possesses intelligence, expertise and a commitment toward resolution.
Posted by Dave | May 29, 2013
Best of the Best
Mr Hackard puts my interests first and foremost every time I engage his firm. Extremely competent, always honest while bringing fresh insight leading to my best outcome. Personally, I have recommended many friends and clients to him to solve their legal situation. I have known Mike Hackard and used his guidance for over 30 years. If I have another need for legal help (and I hope I don't) he is the first person I will call.
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Posted by Kevin Coates | February 11, 2013
A Trusted Competent Communicator
I had a commercial real estate building with a loan balance exceeding value. I worked diligently with the bank to create a solution. Unfortunately the bank would not work with me. Ultimately I was forced to make a decision to short sell or foreclosure. I had never been in this situation previously. It was filled with insecurity, questions, and apprehension. Michael Hackard was recommended to me by a friend. My first meeting, Michael’s focus was to educate me on my choices, my options, and the potential outcomes. I went into the meeting anxious and left with a feeling of confidence that I was aligned with an experienced knowledgeable expert. Michael had removed a huge since of fear. I had an advocate! He was right on with his prediction. We successfully worked through this process. I have continued my relationship with Michael with whatever legal needs I have. He is the ardent professional, offering expertise, loyalty, intelligence, and patience. He communicates confidence!
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Posted by Julie | January 23, 2013
Amazing Negotiator - Resolution oriented - gets results!
Mike Hackard and his professional team work hard to achieve results that two other firms couldn't. He never promised anything but laid out the options and we brainstormed together. In my opinion, he is a brilliant attorney who has the "Trial Lawyer threat" that you want your attorney to have if you want to prevail based on fact and the truth. He is above board, but serious. He takes no prisoners but gets results and resolution.
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Posted by Karin | September 27, 2012
Karin Kascher
After nearly four arduous years of dealing with a quite difficult and contentious Trust dispute-which was at an utter stalemate-I had the good fortune to hire Mike Hackard and his team of highly skilled professional staff. From the first phone conference, I knew that Mr. Hackard was an exceptional person who listened carefully, processed details quickly and responded with professional expertise. He possesses that unique component which is often lacking in the legal world; caring and integrity. I need to add that he was able to quickly cut through to the essence of what needed to be done, thus avoiding further wasting of time. In less than two months, he was able to bring this case to a successful conclusion. I look forward to working with him in the future, should the need arise.
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Posted by Marshall | January 26, 2012
Quality, Knowledge, Character
Mr. Hackard is one of the rare persons who exemplifies a distinct quality of professionalism, knowledge and character that assists a client in problem solving with calm demeanor. As a general rule, few people want to consult an attorney. Michael makes meeting with him a pleasure. At my first meeting with him I knew I was in the presence of someone who is informed, knowledgeable, ethical and is genuinely interested in my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2012
Business Client Review
Michael has represented me for several years now. As a developer and builder, the past years have been challenging and Michael has always worked hard to create the best possible outcome for me. I highly reccomend him to other business owners.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2012
Dedicated, Knowledgeable, Highly Compentent
Michael Hackard is by far one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable, trustworthy and dedicated attorneys I have ever met. He worked tirelessly on my behalf and I am extreme grateful for the personalized service he provided.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2011
Kind, Capable, and Committed
My family business recently hired Michael Hackard to resolve a matter and we are thankful for his guidance and expertise. Michael was thoughtful and honest regarding our situation and executed his work promptly and professionally.
Posted by Lou | June 16, 2011
Elias "Lou" Bardis
Mike Hackard is the 'Red Adair' of the legal community. A lot of lawyers don't like the stress and chaos of a business meltdown. Mike kind of likes it that way. He approaches seemingly out of control business problems with an attitude of 'whatever it is, we are going to win -- somehow, someway we are going to win'.
Posted by Christo | June 10, 2011
A Real Professional
Michael is a real professional. He works hard and smart. Hiring him reminds me of a saying -- "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur".
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-500 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Shareholder
  • Hackard Law Corporation
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Michael A. Hackard Private Law Firm Practice - Various Law Firms
  • 1976 - 2009

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972
  • The Wharton School of the Univ of Pennsylvania
  • Executive Education
  • N/A
  • Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • Executive Education
  • N/A
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Executive Education
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • R&B Land Investments, LLC et al v. CRV Enterprises, Inc. et al
  • Judgment in Favor of the Plaintiff

Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Life Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Life Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1976 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Homebuilders Coalition For Responsible Bank Behavior
  • Spokesman
  • 2008 - 2009
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2014
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Rated AV Preeminent for 20 Years
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Will There Be An End To Developer Bankruptcy Cases?
  • Developer Insolvencies
  • 2010
  • Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section Monthly Meeting
  • And the Beat Goes On: Will There Be An End To Developer Bankruptcy Cases
  • 2010
  • 65th Annual National Association of Home Builders IBS Home Show In Las Vegas
  • Homebuilder Insolvencies
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (31)
Trusts Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgable, personable, and practical advice, these are the best qualities for any great lawyer, and Mike Hackard has them all."
Unknown Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on and off with Mike Hackard for 25 years. He has a unique talent for ferreting out the essential core points of legal, business and generational planning issues. Once he has identified the issues, he thinks through various solutions and calls upon additional experts as needed in order to fully understand and present viable alternatives to the clients. I thoroughly enjoy working with Michael and have found him to be analytical, efficient, and thorough."
Probate Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hackard is one of the best probate lawyers in California. He has earned countless impressive awards over his long career, with many years of experience and success to his credit. But he remains very down-to-Earth, and fully committed to help each and every one of his clients achieve the best possible results in their cases. Mr. Hackard is also a true gentleman. Overall, highly recommended!"
Probate Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hackard advantages his clients with his knowledge and wisdom. In estate matters, experience trumps all, and he has it and puts it to work. I recommend him strongly to those seeking effective and distinguished representation."
Business Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike Hackard can get to the heart of a legal matter very quickly. Once there, he can choose an appropriate and effective approach to fight the matter. His experience shows in everything he does."
Business Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Mike Hackard."
Business Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is an expert in many fields of law: business, litigation, estate planning, real estate, and other areas. Mike is a pleasure to work with, as he has a genuine desire to help people and real empathy for the legal troubles he finds his clients in. He is also very good at engaging the other side on contentious matters, and often is able to come to a deal even with "difficult" personalities. Mike gets my highest endorsement."
Business Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Michael professionally, and personally, for over 20 years. Mike has consistently impressed me with his grasp of the problem and his commitment to his clients, as well as his dedication to examining the "business solutions" prior to committing to litigation. Mike is an extremely competent and ethical lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the great pleasure of working with Mike on matters involving mutual clients. He has the superior knowledge, skill, and experience that clients need--particularly when facing the uncertainties of litigation. He’s pragmatic and personable. Anytime a conflict arises with clients it is without hesitation that I refer them to Mike knowing that they will benefit from his sage advice."
Trusts Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike's experience and instincts have made a significant difference in several cases on which I have worked with him. In addition, he's diligent, thorough, and -- just as importantly -- compassionate. His clients definitely appreciate these attributes."
Business Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endore this lawyer. I have worked with Michael on various business matters, and when a conflict arises, I refer to him with knowledge he will handle the matter with competence. He has deep experience in business and real estate matters."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an excellent lawyer. I have known him for over 35 years, when we started out clerking together. He has high ethical standards. Mike is very knowledgeable in the law and is a well known California lawyer. He is client centered."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mike on the formation of several trusts and limited liability companies. Working with Mike is truly a pleasure. Mike is always professional, well prepared for meetings and phone calls and very knowledgeable with the subject matter. Mike always responds to phone calls and emails on a timely basis. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike to a client or another attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Hackard heads an excellent law firm in the Greater Bay Area and Sacramento, where he offers first class services to "business families" on topics ranging from corporate formation to litigation to creative asset protection."
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Personal injury
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