Jeffrey S. Galvin

Jeffrey S. Galvin

Partner

Jeffrey S. Galvin

Partner

Jeff has successfully resolved the following California trust and estate disputes:

  • Represented a successor trustee who defended his father’s trust and will against his step-mother’s contest on a theory of undue influence.  The judge ruled in favor of Jeff’s client following a 25-day trial that featured testimony from forensic psychiatrists and other witnesses.  Judgment affirmed on appeal with costs awarded to client. 
  • Represented co-trustees sued for terminating family members who were acting as property managers of a trust-owned shopping center.  After a four-day hearing, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff’s clients and awarded them more than $200,000 in legal expenses.
  • Represented a trustee in a petition to settle an accounting.  After a two-day trial, the judge overruled the objections of the trustee’s siblings/beneficiaries.
  • Appealed from an adverse ruling after a two-day trial and persuaded the Court of Appeal to overrule the judge’s order removing and surcharging his trustee client.
  • Represented an institutional fiduciary as beneficiary of a trust in a dispute over a general partner’s handling of a limited partnership that owned a valuable property near Lake Tahoe.  After two-day arbitration, the judge ruled in favor of Jeff’s client.
  • Represented claimant in $15M conservatorship dispute regarding validity of holographic (handwritten) will.  Case resolved successfully for client after trial began.
  • Represented clients who alleged that family member breached his oral promises to keep assets in the family by executing will and trust favoring non-family members. Recovered valuable real estate asset for clients in settlement agreement. 
  • Represented clients in contested conservatorship proceeding and trust amendment contest involving their mother. Conservator appointed.

Jeff’s other litigation experience includes the following:

  • Represented national bank in trial against large insurance company. Pierced corporate veil to hold affiliated corporation liable.  Prevailed on appeal and collected $2.1M judgment for client.
  • Represented truck manufacturer in administrative trial before California New Motor Vehicle Board regarding termination of dealer.  Agency upheld termination.
  • Represented Sacramento City Unified School District in challenge to charter school at Sacramento High campus.  Case resolved favorably for client.
  • Represented defendant accused of defamation in the context of political commentary. Won special motion to strike on First Amendment ground.
  • Represented large grocery chain in successful appeal involving scope of state constitutional right to circulate petitions.
  • Represented challengers to California's 2001 redistricting plan in trial court and on appeal.
  • Represented delivery company in statewide class action involving status of individuals as independent contractors or employees.  Limited scope of certified class.
  • While working at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, Jeff investigated and sued businesses engaged in deceptive practices in federal courts around the country.

Jeff also has substantial appellate experience, having argued five appeals before the California Court of Appeal and one appeal before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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