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Robert P. Pizzuto

Robert P. Pizzuto is Hughes & Pizzuto’s Managing Shareholder and Chair of the Estate Planning, Tax, Business and Real Estate Sections. Robert’s focus is in Estate Planning, Estate and Gift Taxation, Business Planning and Formation, Real Estate and Financial Planning, and Charitable Family Foundations.

Robert is a highly sought advisor valued for his big picture, global approach to devising solutions that meet his clients’ best interests. Robert thrives on building life-long client relationships and proudly serves multiple generations of families.

Robert characterizes his estate planning practice more as “life planning”, than preparation for death. He assists clients in proactively positioning their estates, business, and real estate holdings for optimum outcomes. This takes into account family relationships, business succession, tax strategies, legacy planning, and the thoughtful and deliberate transition of family roles and responsibilities.

He is an astute adviser to clients with significant real estate interests and family-owned businesses. Whether a client is considering expanding or purchasing a business, selling an apartment property, or establishing a charitable foundation, their first call is often to Robert. With his deft implementation of the details involved in a variety of matters, Robert continues to earn the trust and respect of his valued clients.

Robert holds an AV© Preeminent© rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for an attorney which recognizes strong, legal ability and high ethical standards.  He has also been named a Top Rated Estate Planning and Probate Attorney by San Diego Super Lawyers® each year since 2012, an honor that is reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in California.

When he is not in the office, Robert enjoys traveling with family and friends, including golf trips to various locales.  While on adventure, he also enjoys collecting wine and meeting new artists.


  • Joined firm in 1994
  • San Diego State University
  • California Western School of Law, cum laude
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning, Cal Western

Affiliations & Accolades

California Bar, member since 1995

Certified Specialist Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Super Lawyers – San Diego

Southern California’s Best Lawyers – Los Angeles Times

Best Lawyers in America

Five Star Wealth Manager

Best California Attorneys – San Francisco Chronicle

Best in Gift Taxation, California – Acquisition Int’l

Best for Estate Planning, California – Acquisition Int’l

San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer

Finance Monthly – Legal Awards: Business Law, USA

Martindale Hubbell, Top Lawyers – Estate Planning; Estate and Gift Taxation; Trust Law; Income Tax; Business Planning; Business Formation

U.S. News & World Report: Best Law Firms in California

The Wall Street Journal: Best Lawyers in Southern California

Top Attorneys in San Diego – as published in SL

California Board Certified Attorneys

2020 Top Lawyers in Southern California – The American Registry

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