Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

Northern California
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Manatt Phelps & Phillips has a well-regarded estate planning and personal representation department that assists wealthy clients with a range of matters, including succession planning, trust administration and philanthropic giving. “I have great confidence in their legal and general advice capabilities. They integrate very well with, and complement, our other advisers,” comments an interviewee, who highlights the team’s “deep knowledge of the laws and regulations around trusts and tax.”

A source says: “The lawyers I have worked with at Manatt have been highly responsive. They follow through promptly, excel in their legal work and they listen and adapt to our business decisions. Each attorney exudes their own legal talent, works exceedingly well with others and has excellent customer service skills.”

Notable practitioners

Jill Dodd leads the firm's estate planning and personal representation group and enjoys an excellent reputation among peers and clients alike. "I hold her in high regard," states a fellow lawyer, who adds: "She is good, she crosses over the philanthropic planning with wealth planning and has been successful at leveraging that." One source says that, "simply put, I have found Jill Dodd's deep level of intellectual capital, her extensive experience in her field, her excellent professional and personal judgement, intuition and trustworthiness to be of the highest quality possible."