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James P. Cilley - Danville, CA

140 Town & Country DriveSuite A Danville, CA 94526

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Updated: 01/03/2024

Danville Trust and Estates litigation Lawyer

Overview

James P. Cilley is certified as a Specialist in trust and estate litigation, fiduciary disputes, and elder abuse actions by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is also AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for his legal ability and high ethical standards in the areas of trusts and estates, wills and probate, and law related to the aged and aging...

James P. Cilley is certified as a Specialist in trust and estate litigation, fiduciary disputes, and elder abuse actions by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is also AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for his legal ability and high ethical standards in the areas of trusts and estates, wills and probate, and law related to the aged and aging.

As the senior litigation partner at Temmerman, Cilley, Kohlmann & Norcia, LLP, Mr. Cilley's practice involves will and trust contests, elder abuse, fiduciary accounting, fiduciary removal and surcharge, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive and resulting trusts, interpretation of testamentary instruments, creditor's claims, conservatorships, and related appeals. Mr. Cilley handles every stage of litigation, including pre-lawsuit negotiation, discovery, law and motion, settlement negotiations, mediation, trial, and appeals. He has more than 22 years of experience serving as lead attorney in many of Northern California's largest probate and trust cases. Mr. Cilley has substantial trial experience in contested probate cases before a wide variety of California trial and appellate courts. He has participated in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to his exceptional legal services, Mr. Cilley serves as an expert witness on a wide range of legal issues supported by current and relevant case law, statutes, and secondary resources.

About James P. Cilley

Practice Areas

  • Trust and Estates litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Litigation Partner

Languages

  • English (Primary)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993

Specialties and Certifications

  • Specialist in the field of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

Other Affiliations

  • Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council (Member)
  • California Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association (Member)
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association (Member)

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1993
    J.D.
    Honors: With Distinction
  • San Jose State University, 1990
    B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Major: Business Finance

Past Positions

  • Temmerman & Desmarais, LLP, San Jose, Associate, 1996 - 1998
  • Lakin Spears, LLP, Palo Alto, Associate, 1994 - 1996

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, “He’s in Love With Her! A Mock Trial,” Silicon Valley Bar Association (2012)
  • Speaker, “Practical Asset Management in Today’s Economy” (CEB) (2010)
  • Speaker, “Practical Problems in Probate” (CEB) (2009)
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments,” Fremont Estate Planning Council (2007)
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning and Administration: 22nd Annual Recent Developments” (CEB) (2007)
  • Speaker, “Changing Our Plans in 2007,” Silicon Valley Bar Association (2006)
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) 11th Annual Educational Conference (2006)
  • Speaker, “Trustee and Fiduciary Standards of Care and Liability Issues,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Annual Conference (2005)
  • Speaker, “Elder Abuse: The Domestic Violence and Financial Embezzlement Problem of the 21st Century,” State Bar of California, San Francisco and Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council (2003)
  • Speaker, “Trustee Standard of Care” & “Trustee Reporting Duties,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Annual Conference (2002)
  • Speaker, co-presented “Probate Code § 21320 – Care Custodian Beneficiaries,” Santa Clara County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section (2000)
  • Speaker, co-presented “The Finality of Judgments, Are They Really Final?” & “Statute of Limitations on Claims Based upon the Liability of Deceased Settlors,” Northern Trust Companies Association Seventh Annual Education Program (1998)
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of a Trial,” Santa Clara County Bar Association & Contra Costa County Bar Association Estate Planning and Trust Sections, Northern Trust Bank Trust Forum (1997)

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About James P. Cilley

Included on the 2024 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for James P. Cilley on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™, Martindale Hubbell

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Office Information

Address

140 Town & Country DriveSuite A Danville, CA 94526

Fax

  • (408) 998-9700

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30-5:00

Publication

Articles

  • Author, Chapter 7: “Asserting or Defending Claim Regarding Ownership of Trust Property” , Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Trust, 2001
  • Author, “When is a Lis Pendens a Viable Provisional Remedy in Probate Cases” , The Scrivener, Silicon Valley Bar Association, 4th Quarter, 2005

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