Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP

Attorney

John M. Byrne

Partner

Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
One California Plaza
300 So. Grand Avenue, 37th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071-3147

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Summary

JOHN M. BYRNE specializes in Trusts & Estates and his practice includes estate planning, trust and probate administration (including dispute resolution), and conservatorships.

Mr. Byrne’s professional activities include serving as a current member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and from 2001 to 2009, serving as an officer of the Committee from 2004 to 2008 and serving as Chair from 2006 to 2007, serving as as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2004 to 2008 during which time he served on various committees including three years on the Finance Committee, serving as President President of the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council from 2002 to 2003 and as an officer from 2000 to 2005, participating as a member of the Chancery Club of Los Angeles founded in 1925 composed of distinguished lawyers who are also active in professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations, and sitting on the Board of Directors of Geary’s of Beverly Hills.  Mr. Byrne was selected as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine for 2004 – 2006, 2008 – 2010, and 2012 – 2018.

Additionally, Mr. Byrne served as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Self-Help Center Team from 2001 to 2003, periodically volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Small Claims and Traffic Divisions, from 1997 to 2001, and regularly assisted as a volunteer attorney for the Guardianship/Conservatorship Pro Per Clinic from 1997 to 2001.

Prior to joining Hill, Farrer & Burrill in 1999, Mr. Byrne served as the Research Attorney for the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court for two years and worked directly with the Probate Judges in Departments 5 and 11 and the Probate Attorneys of the Los Angeles Superior Probate Court.  From 1995 to 1997, as a Research Attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court, Mr. Byrne covered special assignments for the Court as directed by the Presiding Judge including working full-time with Judge Lance Ito during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and full-time with Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki during the O.J. Simpson civil trial in Santa Monica.  From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Byrne worked as a Litigation Associate with Rogers & Wells in Los Angeles.

Extended Bio

JOHN M. BYRNE specializes in Trusts & Estates and his practice includes estate planning, trust and probate administration (including dispute resolution), and conservatorships.

Mr. Byrne currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He also served on the Committee from 2001 to 2009, was an officer of the Committee from 2004 to 2008, and served as Chair from 2006 to 2007.  In addition, Mr. Byrne served as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2004 to 2008, during which time he served on various committees including three years on the Finance Committee.

From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Byrne served as the President of the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council, a group founded in 1966 consisting of trusts & estates attorneys, trust officers, accountants, financial planners, life insurance advisors and planned giving officers of various charitable organizations. He served as an officer of the Council from 2000 to 2005.  Mr. Byrne is a member of the Chancery Club of Los Angeles founded in 1925 and composed of distinguished lawyers who are also active in professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations.  Mr. Byrne was selected as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine for 2004 – 2006, 2008 – 2010, and 2012 – 2018.  In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of Geary’s of Beverly Hills.

Additionally, Mr. Byrne served as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Self-Help Center Team from 2001 to 2003 which drafted several pamphlets available to the public through the Probate Department to assist Pro Per’s in navigating through the Probate Court including the “Transfer of Small Estates without Probate” and the “How to File a Creditor’s Claim.”  Mr. Byrne periodically volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Small Claims and Traffic Divisions, from 1997 to 2001, and, he regularly assisted as a volunteer attorney for the Guardianship/Conservatorship Pro Per Clinic from 1997 to 2001.

From 1997 to 1999, immediately prior to joining Hill, Farrer & Burrill, Mr. Byrne served as the Research Attorney for the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court and worked directly with the Probate Judges in Departments 5 and 11 and with the Probate Attorneys of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

From 1995 to 1997, as a Research Attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court, Mr. Byrne covered special assignments for the Court as directed by the Presiding Judge including working full-time with Judge Lance Ito during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and full-time with Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki during the O.J. Simpson civil trial in Santa Monica.

From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Byrne worked as a Litigation Associate with Rogers & Wells in Los Angeles where he assisted with and/or handled a wide variety of business civil litigation matters.

Representative Matters

Beneficiaries Trust Settlement

Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of family members in litigation against beneficiaries of a decedent's trust to modify the frust to include family members unintentionally omitted.

Beneficiary Estate in Will Contested Matter

Obtained favorable monetary settlement on behalf of a beneficiary of an estate in a will contest matter.

Conservatorship Wrongfully Taken Property

Successfully represented family members in conservatorship proceedings and successfully recovering property wrongfully taken from conservatee.

Conservatorships for Fiduciaries

Have represented, assisted and advised individuals, institutional fiduciaries, and private professional fiduciaries in conservatorship proceedings.

Trustees Influence and Fraud

Successfully represented Trustees in contesting bequests to caregivers procured through undue influence and fraud.

Probate Trust Fiduciary Duty Allegations

Successfully obtained probate court approval of trust accountings covering a 12 year period and successfully defended Trustee against breach of fiduciary duty allegations made by remainder beneficiaries.

Trust and Probate Estates

Successfully represented numerous individual and institutional trustees and personal representatives in the administration of trust and probate estates.

Trust Probate Estates Beneficiaries

Successfully protected the interests of numerous individual and charitable beneficiaries in the administration of trust and probate estates.

Trustee Estate Recovered Property

Successfully obtained favorable settlement on behalf of the trustee of a $10 million plus trust estate in recovering property of the decedent wrongfully taken.

Conservatorship Dispute in Family

Obtained favorable settlement in conservatorship dispute among family members.

Estate Plans Economic/Efficient

Have assisted numerous individuals and families in creating estate plans to meet their specific needs in an economic and efficient matter.