Kristin N. Capritto

Kristin N. Capritto

Senior Associate

Kristin N. Capritto

Senior Associate

Kristin N. Capritto assists clients in all aspects of estate planning, trust administration, probate, business entities, and real estate transactions. Kristin’s alternative dispute resolution and negotiation expertise offers clients alternatives to litigation and adversarial proceedings.

Kristin works with families and individuals to effectuate their wealth transfer and succession planning goals. She also advises clients in connection with entity formation and management, real estate transactions, as well as the local, state, federal, and international tax consequences of their objectives. With her special focus on charitable planning, clients also come to Kristin for the formation and administration of private foundations and nonprofit entities. As a skilled mediator and negotiator, Kristin assists business partners with pre-venture counseling to minimize future conflicts and ensure the longevity and success of joint ventures. When necessary, Kristin effectively and efficiently employs her advocacy skills to obtain the results her clients seek and deserve in state and federal courts.

Kristin’s legal education and experience spans nearly two decades; her more than 10 years as a paralegal in various aspects of trusts, estates, business transactions, and taxation has given her a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise to the benefit of her clients. She has amassed more than 300 hours of mediation and negotiation training, both locally and internationally, and has participated in peacebuilding processes involving both interpersonal conflict and political conflicts at the community level on an international scale.


  • Advanced tax planning techniques and valuation discount strategies that minimize income, gift and estate tax consequences of multigenerational wealth transfers.
  • Representation of citizen and non-citizen individuals and couples to minimize estate and gift tax liability.
  • Advises clients in connection with charitable planning, including the formation and management of private foundations and other nonprofit entities.
  • Represents families with special needs children and beneficiaries to ensure continued eligibility of public benefits
  • Assists clients with the formation and management of various business entites and family limited partnerships
  • Real estate transactions ranging from residental to commerical, including multi million dollar agricultural land sales and acquisitions

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • KIND Volunteer Attorney
  • California Lawyers Association Estate and Gift Tax Committee
  • Board Member, Phoebe's Fund
  • Lawyers in the Library, Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California Pro Bono Panel
  • VLSP Estate Planning Clinic
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program
  • California Lawyers for the Arts/Sacramento Mediation Center
  • Gordon D. Schraber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • State Bar of California, Trust and Estates, Taxation, and Business Law Sections
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning & Tax Law Sections

Honors And Rankings

  • Honoree, United States District Court, Eastern District of California Pro Bono Panel
  • Honoree, United States District Court, Eastern District of California Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Clerkship, Honorable Justice Eldad Mwangusya, High Court of Uganda
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Estate Planning & Probate, 2015-2019

The Downey Brand Story

With deep experience in our clients' industries, Downey Brand provides the vision and coverage you need.

Advancing your interests