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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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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    40 years
  2. Trusts: 30%
    40 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    40 years
  4. Business: 15%
    40 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), contingent (25-33%)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Keith A Davidson

    I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgable, personable, and practical advice, these are the best qualities for any great lawyer, and Mike Hackard has them all.


    Keith Davidson Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Belan Kirk Wagner

    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.


    Belan Wagner Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hackard Law Corporation

10630 Mather Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95655


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top Attorneys in SacramentoSacramento Magazine2014
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Life MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Rated AV Preeminent for 20 YearsMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole ShareholderHackard Law Corporation2009 - Present
LawyerMichael A. Hackard Private Law Firm Practice - Various Law Firms1976 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumLife Member2013 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumLife Member2013 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoAttorney Member2013 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Central District of IllinoisAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
U.S. District Court of ArizonaAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1985 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1976 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1976 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Homebuilders Coalition For Responsible Bank BehaviorSpokesman2008 - 2009
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
R&B Land Investments, LLC et al v. CRV Enterprises, Inc. et alJudgment in Favor of the Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sacramento BeeWannakuwatte Guilty; Community Endangered by $150 Million Ponzi2014
Sacramento BeeSolutions to Insurance "No Pay" Injustice, Says Hackard Law2014
Sacramento BeeFamilies Must Hold Financial Elder Abusers Accountable, Says Hackard Law2014
San Francisco Business TimesSurviving the Great Recession: Key Lessons for Business Owners2014
Sacramento Business JournalTry the Lie: Bring Financial Abusers to Justice, Says Hackard Law2014
Sacramento BeeSpeak Out Against Elder Abuse, Says Hackard Law2014
Sacramento Business JournalEstate Fights: Freeze-Outs and Squeeze-Outs2014
Grief & Loss AttorneysMichael Hackard Awarded Super Lawyer Status2014
Sacramento Business JournalEstate Litigation: Family Feud Meets Gladiator2014
Sacramento BeeMedical Glove Company’s $125 Million Secrets Unfolding, Says Hackard Law2014
Sacramento Business JournalSome Banks Go Too Far in Lawsuits Against Guarantors, Says Hackard Law2013
Ponzi ClawbacksTales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: The Speakers' Bureau2013
Sacramento Business JournalNorthern California Trust Lawsuits: Seeking a Better Outcome2013
Ponzi ClawbacksTales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: Through a Glass Darkly2013
Anchorage PressIndicted Scammers Were Accused of Stalking2013
Sacramento BeeSCI Liquidating Trustee Files Adversary Clawback Lawsuit Against 114 Defendants, Says Hackard Law2013
Ponzi ClawbacksDon't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away2013
Grief & Loss AttorneysLoss of Moral Support: The Death of JFK2013
Grief & Loss AttorneysLost Love in Wrongful Death Cases2013
Market Watch The Wall Street JournalPredictable Surprises: Overcoming No-Contest Clauses in Will and Trust Litigation2013
Ponzi ClawbacksTales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: Taken to School2013
Bella InstituteSBA Shuts Down EDF Resource Capital: Important Lessons for Guarantors (Long Version)2013
San Francisco Business TimesSBA Shuts Down EDF Resource Capital: Important Lessons for Guarantors2013
Guarantors Defense LawCredibility Counts2013
Ponzi ClawbacksContingency Fees, Adversary Claims and Ponzi Cases2013
Guarantors Defense LawLitigation: The Battle Plan2013
San Francisco Business TimesAvoidance Actions Against Investors in Ponzi Schemes: The Fundamentals Revisited2013
San Francisco Business TimesNorthern California Trust Litigation is Expanding, Says Hackard Law2013
San Francisco Business TimesCalifornia Employers Face Huge Attorney Fee Awards in Wage Nonpayment Claims, Says Hackard Law2013
Sacramento BeeCalifornia Parents Can Be Civilly Liable for Their Child's Bullying2013
Sacramento Business JournalSacramento Region Experiences Increasing Trust and Estate Litigation2013
ReutersHow Common is Hidden Euthanasia?2013
Bella InstituteThe Lawyer as Storyteller2012
California Trust, Estate & Probate LitigationDomestic Asset Protection Trusts: Improving Financial Longevity2012
Market Watch The Wall Street JournalHackard Law Defends Over Half of Investor Defendants in Clawback Lawsuits Filed in Accused Ponzi Schemer Vincent Singh's $20 Million Bankruptcy2012
Bella InstituteAdvice To A Weary Litigant2012
Ponzi ClawbacksA Lawyer's Take on Lincoln, Les Miserables and the Better Angels of Our Nature2012
California Trust, Estate & Probate LitigationRemoving a California Trustee: Don't go away mad (just go away)2012
California Trust, Estate & Probate LitigationConstructive Trust Actions: Rounding Up Wrongfully Taken Assets2012
Bella InstitutePonzi Schemes and Clawbacks2012
Sacramento BeePonzi Scheme, Bankruptcy Collide in Sacramento Courts2012
California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation5 Tips for Aspiring and Accomplished Lawyers2012
Bella InstituteThe $5 Million-Dollar Year2012
Bella InstituteNicknames2012
ForbesPonzi Scheme Victims May Owe Triple Damages For Usury In Clawback Lawsuits - A New Tool In Ponzi Scheme Litigation?2012
Ponzi ClawbacksClawbacks: A Visual Timeline2012
ABA Journal Law News NowLender Forecloses on NBA Player’s Home; Despite $10M Contract, He Likely Won’t Owe for Deficiency2011
Sacramento Business JournalState workers sue CalPERS directors, Medco (by Kathy Robertson)2011
Fox BusinessNBA Star Defaults on $1.5M Mortgage (by Matt Egan)2010
Aol NewsKevin Martin Defaults on Mortgage for California Home2010
BuilderBanker Backlash: A California Builder Sues After His Lender Pulls The Plug (by Pat Curry)2008
The Wall Street JournalBuilders Sue Banks That Pull Financing As Construction Projects Lie Unfinished (by Michael Corkery)2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
California State University, SacramentoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Wharton School, University of PennsylvaniaN/AExecutive EducationN/A
Tuck School of Business at DartmouthN/AExecutive EducationN/A
Northwestern UniversityN/AExecutive EducationN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Will There Be An End To Developer Bankruptcy Cases?Developer Insolvencies2010
Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section Monthly MeetingAnd the Beat Goes On: Will There Be An End To Developer Bankruptcy Cases2010
65th Annual National Association of Home Builders IBS Home Show In Las VegasHomebuilder Insolvencies2009