Biography

Lara Gilman is the Chair of the Private Client Group, where she counsels individuals and families on estate and succession planning. Lara has extensive experience integrating and simplifying the complexities of wealth succession strategy and execution for individuals, families and businesses. She specializes in advising high net worth clients, frequently acting as a de facto general counsel, often in concert with a family office. In this role, she advises clients on a broad range of legal topics related to their personal, business and financial activities.

A family wealth practice operates at the junction of technical legal expertise and a client’s personal and family situation and objectives. Lara views her role as understanding and facilitating the client’s goals. Because her clients are always time-pressed, Lara applies a direct and highly personal approach that emphasizes making the engagement as easy for the client as possible – she strives to understand what the client is concerned about, and then helping them get there.

Lara is particularly skilled at explaining complex concepts to clients in understandable, meaningful ways. Her clients appreciate her honest, straightforward approach.

Lara offers practical advice to comprehensively plan for the distribution and protection of her client’s estates. Given that this work frequently has intergenerational components, she often also assists in advising and helping educate the next generation on the opportunities and responsibility that come with their role in management of the family’s assets. With her unique blend of experience as an estate planning, probate, business and tax attorney, Lara is a trusted advisor who helps manage all aspects of family wealth planning.

Distinctions

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California
  • Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute (2009) 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers in the area of Estate & Probate
  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council
  • Family Firm Institute

Firm Highlights

Publication

California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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Damages for Permit Revocation Constitute Covered “Loss of Use”

Insurers often claim “economic damages” are not covered under a standard commercial general liability (CGL) policy.  The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in Thee Sombrero, Inc. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 28 Cal. App....

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Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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“That Particular Part” – Yet More

Massachusetts Appeals Court Gets It Right – Mostly Hot on the heels of the Federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in MTI, Inc. v. Employers Insurance Company of Wausau , __ F.3d __,...

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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For Jerry Braun, a Career of Addiction in Law

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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