Jeffrey S. Galvin

Jeffrey S. Galvin


Jeff Galvin represents clients in trust and estate litigation in Sacramento County, across Northern California, and in Northern Nevada.

He advises trustees and executors who find themselves in conflict with beneficiaries, and he helps beneficiaries assert their rights in trust and probate estates.  He prosecutes and defends trust contests and will contests, which often raise issues of mental capacity, undue influence, and elder financial abuse.  He also handles contested matters in conservatorships.

With a background in business litigation, Jeff has developed a practice focused on the growing area of trust and estate disputes.  He helps clients understand their rights and duties, looks for cost-effective solutions, pursues information through the discovery process, uses mediation when appropriate, and brings matters to trial.

Jeff brings an assertive, thoughtful and experienced approach to this often emotionally-charged area of litigation.  He collaborates with colleagues at the firm who handle estate planning and trust/probate administration.  He speaks often on trust and estate litigation topics, and he edits Pathways, the firm’s trust and estate newsletter.

Jeff continues to handle business litigation in addition to his trust and estate cases, with a special interest in the areas of unfair competition and false advertising.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Pro Bono Coordinator, Downey Brand LLP, 2001-2008, 2011-present
  • Master and Barrister Member, Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, 2010-present
  • Member, Litigation Subcommittee, State Bar Trusts and Estates Section
  • Director and Technology Chair, Sacramento Estate Planning Council 
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Former Director, Linking Education and Economic Development
  • Former Director, Diogenes Youth Services
  • Former Director, Legal Services of Northern California and the Voluntary Legal Services Program
  • Former Vice-Chair and Member, Sacramento County Bar Association Judiciary Committee
  • Editor, Pathways, a trust and estate newsletter from Downey Brand LLP

Honors And Rankings

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015
  • Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015 – Litigation-General
  • Attorney Delegate from the Eastern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John G. Davies, United States District Court, Central District of California

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