ABOUT ELIZABETH T. PIERSON
Elizabeth T. Pierson is a sixth-generation Californian and longtime Westside resident, who formerly lived and practiced in Pasadena.
She is a devotee of the performing arts, an avid traveler, and an amateur photographer whose photos of architecture and landscapes appear on this site.
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Areas of Practice
• Estate Planning
• Transfer Tax
• Probate & Estate Administration
• Controversy Work
Certified Legal Specialties
Certified Specialist, Estate Planning Probate and Trust Law, California State Bar, 1995 to Present
• U.S. Tax Court, 1992
• California, 1988
• U.S. District Court Central District of Calif., 1988
• U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
• Supreme Court of California, 1988
Gould School of Law
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
A.B., Economics, 1985
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England, 1986
International Law Studies
Recently Published Works
Editor, Lawgic’s California Wills and Trusts, a software tool designed exclusively for estate planning attorneys
As the California editor, Elizabeth is responsible for drafting and updating complex estate planning forms used by hundreds of attorneys statewide and one of the editors involved in keeping current forms used by lawyers nationwide.
Co-author, "Windsor's Impact on Estate Planning and Administration"
California Trusts and Estates Quarterly
Vol. 18, No. 4 (2013)
Co-author, “Perfectly Imperfect Planning: Leaving IRAs to QTIP Trusts When Spousal Rollover is Not an Option,”
California Tax Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2011)
Honors and Awards
Southern California Super Lawyer for Trusts and Estates, Super Lawyers Magazine
This distinction is given to the top 5% of attorneys in each specialty through nominations by other lawyers.
2009, 2011 to Present
AV® Preeminent™ rating (5.0/5.0) from Martindale Hubbell, their preeminent rating for competence and ethics in the practice of law
Professional Associations and Memberships
Elizabeth was elected a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP).
She is a member of the California State Bar’s Trusts and Estates Section Executive Committee, is a past chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section and its Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation, as well as a former member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar's Taxation Section and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Trusts and Estate Section.
Elizabeth is currently Executive Editor board of California Trusts and Estates Quarterly.
In addition, she is a former member of the California State Bar Estate Planning Law Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the state bar process that certifies qualified applicants as specialists in the field of trusts and estates.
Pro Bono Activities
Elizabeth enjoys sharing her legal expertise and fundraising skills to further important causes. Since 2011, she has served on the Planned Giving Committee and the Leadership Network for OPCC, Santa Monica’s leading organization dedicated to a comprehensive approach to the needs of the homeless.
She’s been on the Annual Fund Executive Committee for the University of Southern California Gould School of Law since 2008.
Past volunteer commitments include two years on the advisory board for the Los Angeles campus for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a not-for-profit, accredited institution founded in 1979.
Elizabeth also served on the board of directors for the Duke University Alumni Club of Southern California for seven years, two as communications chair and five as president.
While living in Pasadena, she spent four years on the board of directors for Villa Esperanza, a nonprofit serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was on board’s executive committee for her final three years.
In addition, Elizabeth was a member of the Mentor Awards Committee for the Los Angeles Women's Foundation (now the Women’s Foundation of California) for four years.