Michael Brophy

Partner | Los Angeles

Michael is a partner in the trust and estate litigation team.

His broad knowledge is in the areas of trust and succession disputes, family business and commercial litigation, and intellectual property matters.

Michael has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation, including will and trust contests, accounting disputes, breach of duty actions, elder abuse and conservatorship disputes, document interpretation matters, and other contested probate and fiduciary-related matters.

He also has experience in contract, real estate, copyright, Lanham Act, trade secret, and unfair competition matters.

In addition to litigation matters, his experience includes risk assessment and counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative proceedings.

Michael has successfully represented a wide range of clients from successful individuals and families to multinational Fortune 500 companies. He has also represented large institutional fiduciaries, individual trustees, and charities.

Secretary Leigh-Anne Locke

Track record





Represented an individual trustee in a bench trial obtaining a complete and decisive verdict in favor of the fiduciary. Defeated allegations of breach of duty and requests for surcharge.

Represented the co-trustees of the living trust of a deceased celebrity in defeating fraud claims in arbitration. Also represented the co-trustees in resolving untimely claims, including arguing and winning an appeal of a judge’s decision dismissing the barred claims.

Represented the co-executors of the estate of a deceased celebrity in defeating and resolving creditor and contract claims.

State of California, 1998

9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2000

‘Uber to Pay Waymo $245 Million to Settle Blockbuster Self-Driving Secrets Case,’ San Francisco Chronicle - February 9, 2018, quoted

‘Four Days, $245 million: How Waymo v. Uber Came to an End,’ CNET - February 9, 2018, quoted

‘Waymo Will Get Driverless Car Due Diligence Report, but Little Time to Use It’, The Recorder - September 14 2017, quoted

LGBT Bar Association Board of Governors, Member

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

California State Bar

‘What Every Future Lawyer Needs to Know About Serving as the Family Fiduciary’, UCLA Tax and Estate Planning Law Association

‘Navigating Legal Issues in the Electronic Age’, Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Southern California Chapter

‘Perspectives on Trustee Fees: Evaluating ‘Reasonableness’ in Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation’, Beverly Hills Bar Association

Me in a minute

I find successfully resolving a thorny family issue to be particularly fulfilling

Becoming a lawyer was not in my initial plans. During my last year of college, I interned at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, working on issues relating to crime prevention and criminal justice. When discussing my future in international service, my UN supervisor told me that if I truly wanted to make a difference in the world, I needed to experience how the world worked. He said one of the best ways to do that was to go to law school. I followed his advice. After three years at Harvard Law and excellent training at a global law firm, I discovered that I had a passion and talent for legal work and found myself committed to private practice.

I now advise individuals, families, fiduciaries, businesses and charities on ways to resolve disputes, including those involving trust and estate law, fiduciary duties, undue influence and capacity concerns, partnership and corporation law, or contracts. Protecting my client’s rights frequently involves litigation, including trial and appellate work, but also can involve mediation and other alternative dispute resolution. I enjoy practicing in this field because it involves personal problem solving and counseling not always present in other litigation fields. I find successfully resolving a thorny family issue to be particularly fulfilling.



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Los Angeles

1925 Century Park East,

Suite 400,

CA 90067

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