Catherine M. Swafford

Senior associate | San Diego

Catherine is a senior 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 Ada Pineda





State of California, 2005

‘Tom Petty’s Daughters File $5 Million Civil Lawsuit Against His Widow,’ Digital Music News - May 16, 2019, quoted

MCLE Article: Wine Not? The New California Trust Decanting Act,’ California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 25 Issue 1 - 2019, co-author

Estate Planning Council of San Diego, Board of Directors, Secretary

North County Estate Planning Council

San Diego County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section

‘Decanting in California,’ Orange County Estate Planning Council - September 24, 2019, co-presenter

‘Recent Developments in Probate & Trust Law,’ Provisors, San Diego Estate and Succession Planning Affinity Group - August 27, 2019

‘Decanting in California,’ North County Bar Association - August 14, 2019, 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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