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Laurie E. Barber

Laurie Barber is a highly effective and respected attorney in the areas of Trust and Estate Litigation, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and Estate Planning. During her 30+ year legal career, Laurie has become a recognized and well-regarded presence in the courts. Her history and familiarity with the courtroom make Laurie an especially valuable advocate for her clients, as does her practical, no-nonsense approach to resolving complex litigation.

Laurie works in the areas of probate, trust, conservatorship and guardianship litigation, as well as trust, probate, and conservatorship administration. She represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, petitioners, and objectors in matters filed in both probate and civil courts.

Despite her formidable litigation skills, Laurie seeks first to find solutions that do not involve litigation. She is forthright and honest in educating clients about their options and helping them to set realistic expectations.  Laurie serves as a steady and compassionate guide to all of her clients, many of whom can be understandably influenced by emotional family dynamics.

Laurie has a wonderful husband of 40+ years, two great children and three grandchildren that keep her young and moving!   When she is not at work, she enjoys golf, travel, family and friends.


  • Joined firm in 2014
  • San Diego State University, B.A. Economics
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.

Affiliations & Accolades

California Bar, member since 1990

Probate Attorneys of San Diego

  • Board of Directors (2018 to present)
  • Chair, Sponsorship Committee (2018 and 2019)
  • Chair, Probate Handbook Committee (2014 to present)
  • Member of Education and Sponsorship Committee (2018 to present)

Lawyers Club of San Diego, member (Former Chair of Auction Fundraisers)

Court Appointed Attorney Panel for San Diego Superior Court Probate Division (2005-2020)

California State Bar, Executive Committee, Litigation Section (2002-2004)

San Diego County Bar Association, member since 1990

  • Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section, Co-Chair, Probate Manual Sub-Committee (2004)

American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter

Publications & Presentations

Co-Presenter, Personal Property Issues in Probate and Trust Administrations, Probate Attorneys of San Diego, October 2020

Editor-in-Chief, Collaborator-Author, Probate Attorneys of San Diego, Handbook for Probate Executors, Administrators or Personal Representatives (2015-2022)

Collaborator-Author, CEB Book, California Civil Discovery Practice (Supp. 1991-2004)

Co-Author, Ex Parte Discovery Hearings in Coordinated Proceedings: The Wave of the Future, California Litigation, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2003

Presenter, Regional Center Authority/Estate Planning for Conservatees: Alternatives to Limited Conservatorships, Probate Attorneys of San Diego (December 2016)

Presenter, Conservatorships: Transfers Between Jurisdictions, Probate Attorneys of San Diego (June 2016)

Presenter, Conservatee’s Voting Rights, Probate Attorneys of San Diego (June 2016)

Co-Presenter, Difficult Probate Assets, Probate Section of the San Diego County Bar Association (Sept 2015)

Presenter, Convergence of Divorce and Probate, Family Law Section of San Diego County Bar Association

Presenter, Probate and the Pending Divorce, San Diego North County Bar Association (March 2012)

Co-Presenter, Bias in the Judicial System, California State Bar (April 2006)

Co-Presenter, Discovery Skills For Legal Staff in California, Lorman Education Services (January 2004)

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