Uzcategui, Jessica A.

350 S. Grand AvenueSuite 3500Los Angeles, CA 90071- 3475

Updated: 01/30/2018

Overview

Jessica A. Uzcategui focuses her practice exclusively on probate litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex trusts and estates. Since joining the firm in 2004, she has tried numerous cases on behalf of individuals, financial institutions, corporate fiduciaries, and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Uzcategui's trial experience includes successfully representing a charitable foundation in a multi-million dollar conservatorship case, successfully defending the accounting of a national...

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Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Year Joined Firm

  • 2004

Practice Areas

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Governing Council)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2011 - Present (Co-Chair, Ethics and Malpractice Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2013 - Present (Diversity Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2011 - 2013 (Corporate Sponsorship Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2011 - 2012 (Vice-Chair, Ethics and Malpractice Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2007 - 2011 (Vice-Chair, Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, 2012 - Present (Chair)
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, 2008 - Present (Board of Directors)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (Fellow)

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 - Present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers - 2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015
  • Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award - Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • "Evidentiary considerations of experts, professionals and possibly memory-impaired, possibly unduly influenced witnesses," Aviva K. Bobb Advanced Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney Training Symposium,", Speaker, - 2017
  • "Effective Small Firm and Solo Practice Management," Harvard Law School Third Celebration of Latino Alumni, Speaker
  • High Stakes Litigation: When to Bring in the Expert to Win Your Case"," American Bar Association's Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section's 29th Annual Spring Symposia CLE Meeting, Speaker, - 2017
  • "Protecting Yourself When Planning in Unsettled Waters: A Case Study on How to Structure Your Client Relationship to Protect Yourself from Malpractice Claims and Ethical Issues," 51st Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Speaker, - 2017
  • Speaker, “Fees and Formalities: Litigating Trust Fee Petitions and the Harmless Error Doctrine”, Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council, 2015
  • Panelist, “An Overview of Capacity and Undue Influence Issues in Estate Planning”, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2014
  • Co-Speaker, “Evolving Issues in Trust and Estate Litigation: Practice Tips from the Front Line”, Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum, 2014
  • Co-Speaker, “Don't Learn the Hard Way! Practice Tips from the Front Lines”, San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council, 2014
  • Panelist, “Identifying and Managing Dismissive and Bullying Opposing Counsel", ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, 2014
  • Co-Speaker, “Don't Learn the Hard Way! Practice Tips from the Front Lines”, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Trust & Estates Section, 2014
  • Panelist, “Ethics in Estate and Trust Disputes (a/k/a Tales from the Crypt)”, 48th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2014
  • Co-Speaker, "Ethics and Malpractice Issues: Protection Tips for Estate and Trusts Attorneys", Continuing Education of the Bar, 2013
  • Co-Speaker, "Who Decides? Ethical Challenges in End-of-Life Decision Making", Beverly Hills Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section, 2013
  • Panelist, "Ethics and Estate Litigation", ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, Spring Symposium, 2013
  • Co-Speaker, "Hot Topics in Trust and Estate Litigation", National College of Probate Judges, Fall Conference, 2012
  • Co-Speaker, "Discovery Best Practices", USC Gould School of Law, Trust and Estate Conference, 2012
  • Co-Speaker, "Marital Agreements and Related Family Law Issues in Estate Planning and Litigation", Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Estate Planning Seminar, 2012
  • Co-Speaker, "Capacity, Undue Influence, and Substituted Judgment Issues in Planned Giving Considerations", Western Regional Planned Giving Conference, 2012
  • Panelist, "The Clash Between Estate Planning and Family Law", ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, Spring Symposium, 2012
  • Panelist, "Preparation of Joint Trial Statements", LACBA Trust and Estate Section, Brown Bag Lunch Presentation, 2012
  • Co-Speaker, "When Boilerplate Leads to Disaster", California State Bar Trust and Estate Section, Webinar, 2011
  • Panelist, "Pre-Mortem Probate Disputes in the Context of Guardianships, Conservatorships, Powers of Attorney, and Family Business Entities", ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, Spring Symposium , 2008
  • Co-Speaker, "Notice Provisions", LACBA Trust and Estate Section, Spring Roundup, 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Barristers Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project

Past Positions

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Los Angeles, Associate

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002
    J.D.
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1997
    B.S.
    Honors: magna cum laude

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

350 S. Grand AvenueSuite 3500Los Angeles, CA 90071- 3475

Fax

  • 213-617-9350

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