Catherine M. Swafford

Associate | San Diego

Catherine is an associate in the trust and estate litigation team.

She practices exclusively in trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation. Her practice includes representing clients in will and trust contests, elder abuse actions, breach of fiduciary duty cases, conservatorships, and related litigation and administration matters brought under the California Probate Code. She has experience litigating cases from the initial stage of filing a petition, through trial and post-judgment.

Secretary Katie Wolff





State of California, 2005

‘Litigation Alert,’ California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, co-author (2011-present)

‘Amending Nontaxable Crowdfunding Reporting Requirements,’ Tax Notes - October 30, 2017, P.675, co-author

‘New Case Alerts,’ State Bar of California, Trusts & Estates Section, co-author (2016-2017)

North County Estate Planning Council

San Diego County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section

California State Bar, Trusts & Estates Section

North County Estate Planning Council, regular monthly speaker on current developments in trust and estate law

‘Traps for the Unwary: Issues to Consider in Cross-Border Fiduciary Litigation and Trust or Probate Administrations,’ San Francisco Estate Planning Council & Golden Gate University Law Morning Symposium, Topics in International Estate Planning - June 2017, speaker

‘Amending Reporting Requirements to Reflect Social Changes,’ State Bar of California Taxation Section, Washington, D.C. Delegation - May 2017, speaker

Me in a minute

My practice enables me to have a significant, direct impact on the lives of my clients

I am passionate about my law practice because it enables me to have a significant, direct impact on the lives of my clients. I maintain close relationships with my clients and enjoy supporting, counseling, and advising them in what are usually difficult, emotional family disputes. I especially take pride in helping to rectify and resolve situations where elder abuse has occurred. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three young children (two of whom are twins). I also enjoy attending UCLA football games, hosting get-togethers for friends and family, cooking, baking and traveling.



  • English




San Diego

101 West Broadway,

Suite 1000,

CA 92101

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