Catherine M. Swafford
Partner | San Diego San Francisco
Secretary Laura Spycia
Catherine is a partner in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.
She practices exclusively in trust, estate, conservatorship, elder abuse and fiduciary litigation. Her practice includes representing clients in will and trust contests, elder abuse actions, breach of fiduciary duty and accounting cases, conservatorships, intestacy and heirship disputes, contract to make a will disputes, creditor claim disputes and related litigation and administration matters brought under the California Probate Code. Catherine has extensive experience litigating cases from the initial stage of filing a petition through discovery, including depositions, and finally through mediations, trial, and post-judgment.
Catherine is actively involved in the legal community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Probate Attorneys of San Diego (PASD), where she is the Chair of the Education Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego, where she is Programs Chair and Vice President. She also serves as court-appointed counsel for the San Diego Probate Court. Catherine is a frequent speaker in the community on a wide range of topics. She also is a contributing author of numerous publications, including CEB Practitioner™ attorney-drafted templates, the Litigation Alert in the California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, the California Decedent Estate Practice Guide, the California Civil Practice - Probate & Trust Proceedings Practice Guide and the California Code of Probate Forms book.
While devoted to her law practice, Catherine is the proud mother of 4 young children. She takes great pride in being able to contribute to the community both as an attorney and as a mother.
[Katie] is wise beyond her age. I am very impressed with her and her work.
Katie is an exceptional litigator, a great strategist and a wonderful, compassionate person. I can only praise her. She is a great asset.
Me in a minute
My practice enables me to have a significant, direct impact on the lives of my clients
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.