Matthew R. Owens

Senior associate

Matt is a senior associate in the trust and estate litigation team.

Matt focuses his practice on trust, estate, and inheritance disputes. He has prosecuted and defended a wide range of matters in probate court, including trust contests, elder abuse actions, accountings, contested conservatorships and claims involving breach of fiduciary duty. His clients include high net worth individuals and families, corporate trustees, and private professional fiduciaries.

Matt has successfully handled several trials and arbitrations of trust and estate disputes. He also handles appeals and was one of the attorneys of record in Funsten v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 959.

Matt is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. A leader in the legal community, Matt speaks and writes on trust and estate litigation topics and serves as Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section’s Executive Committee. He was ranked on Legal Week’s Private Client "Ones to Watch" list in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013.





State of California, 2011

‘Litigation Alert,’ California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, co-author

‘New Case Alerts,’ California Lawyers Association – Trusts and Estates Section, co-author

CEB – Chapter 29,’ Actions by and Against Personal Representative, update editor

San Diego County Bar Association, 2020 Chair of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Executive Committee

San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee, 2020 Secretary

State Bar of California, Litigation Section

State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section

American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter

Probate Attorneys of San Diego

‘Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law: 2019 Year in Review,’ Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association webinar - July 15, 2020, co-presenter

‘Contested Nonprobate Transfers: When the Estate Plan Trumps,’ Professional Fiduciary Association of California PFAC 2020 Annual Conference - June 4, 2020, presenter

‘Wine Not? California’s New Decanting Act,’ San Mateo County Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section - October 10, 2019, co-presenter



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