Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

Southern California
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Sheppard Mullin has a strong private wealth service group that is experienced in working with wealthy individuals, families and family offices. One source describes them as “bright, intelligent, good lawyers.” Another says: “They have some very talented lawyers.”

The team offers assistance with estate planning, philanthropic giving and trusts and estates litigation. One pleased client enthuses: “This firm is unequivocally one of the best law firms I have ever worked with, and I am proud to have them by my side.”

Notable practitioners

Adam Streisand is an experienced estate litigator who acts for high net worth families and individuals. "He is one of the best-known litigators in California and he is one of our go-to people," says a source, adding: "He is no-nonsense, he is charismatic, puts in the work and does his due diligence." One impressed client confides: "I did not think lawyers like Mr Streisand existed; his professionalism, passion, and true representation to me as a client was inspiring and truly a blessing. His attention to detail, responsiveness, and comprehension of probate and estate law might be his strongest of his multitude of strengths. His exceptional representation truly leaves no areas of improvement."

Nancy Baldwin Reimann counsels wealthy families and individuals on their estate planning and trust administration. "She is a wonderful person, attorney and colleague," says a source. Another notes that "she has a good of communicating, she is bright and has the respect of her peers." Reimann can also assist fiduciaries with probate litigation matters. One interviewee states: "She is great, thoughtful and would consider everything and ask great questions."

Nancy Howard has extensive experience acting for high net worth individuals and families on their estate planning and administration. She can assist clients with wealth transfer strategies. Sources say she is "a very good technical lawyer" and is "very respected in the community."

Nicholas van Brunt "is fabulous - he is a really smart, engaged and practical lawyer who is always a pleasure to work with," reports a source. His practice covers contentious trusts, estates and conservatorship matters for wealthy individuals and tax-exempt organisations. One market commentator says he "puts up a good fight and is a pleasure to work with."