Junior / Mid-level Trust & Estate Litigation Associate


Permanent - Full Time


San Diego

Job Role

Private Client and Tax - Contentious Trusts (US)

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The Department: Withers is top-ranked in trust and succession disputes, with the world’s largest team of lawyers dedicated to them. With 16 offices around the world we are especially well placed to advise on cross-border issues. Our team offers a comprehensive range of probate, legal, accounting and management services. We work with a broad range of clients, including professional and individual trustees, executors and administrators, banks, and beneficiaries (both individuals and charities).

The Role: The associate will primarily work on trust and succession disputes and other fiduciary litigation, including disputes involving estate administration, elder abuse, accountings, fiduciary duties, conservatorships, and creditor's claims.  The associate will also work from time to time on other trust and estate administration or general commercial litigation matters. 

Skills and experience required:

  • Strong academic credentials (JD required)
  • Minimum 3+ years' experience as a litigation attorney, preferably within a Contentious Trusts group
  • Demonstrated ability to support more senior attorneys through trial
  • Strong research, drafting, writing and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong project management ability; ability to balance a large number of competing priorities
  • Team Player

Skills and experience preferred:

  • Exposure to sophisticated trust, estate and fiduciary related litigation, probate administrations, will and trust contests, and conservatorships
  • Experience with California probate courts
  • Experience advising clients on risk assessment and counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative proceedings
  • Experience developing and cultivating client relationships
  • Familiarity with strategic marketing initiatives a plus
  • International experience a plus




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