Michael S. Brophy


Michael is a partner in the trust and estate litigation team and is the Office Managing Director of the Los Angeles Office.

Michael has extensive experience representing individuals, families, charities, corporate trustees, private professional fiduciaries and creditors in litigation involving complex trusts and estates. Michael’s diverse practice includes 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.

Michael also has experience in business and commercial litigation, including contract, real estate, copyright, Lanham Act, trade secret, and unfair competition matters.

In addition to litigation and trial work, his practice includes risk assessment and counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative proceedings. Michael frequently writes and speaks on trust and estate litigation topics and is active in bar leadership and committee work.

Secretary Leigh-Anne Locke

Track record





Represented an elderly widow in a complex contentious trust matter spanning four years to rescind an ineffective and unwanted estate plan, defeating efforts by her child to impose a medical exam on the client, successfully opposing a petition to have a guardian appointed for the client, successfully persuading the court to dismiss certain cross-claims for which the adverse child lacked standing, defending against derivative lawsuits filed by the trust held companies, preparing for trial and favorably settling in mediation with the client’s daughter.

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.

State of California, 1998

9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000

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

‘Property Report,’ Wall Street Journal - August 6, 2019, quoted

‘Animal Capital,’ Family Capital - February 27, 2019, quoted

‘Preventing and Avoiding Costly Conflicts,’ Trusts & Estates - July 25, 2018, co-author

Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Bench-Bar Liaison Committee

LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors

Los Angeles County Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Committee

Los Angeles County Bar Association Subcommittee on Diversity in the Judiciary Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

‘Help! The Gardener is Stealing My Inheritance,’ San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section

‘Help! The Gardener is Stealing My Inheritance,’ South Bay Association, Trust and Estate Section

‘The Kids Are Not Alright: Drafting Estate Plans to Prevent Future Public Family Disputes,’ Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council



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