San Diego Attorney Robert Pizzuto

Robert P. Pizzuto is the Firm’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 Planning, and Charitable Family Foundations.

Robert is a highly sought advisor valued for his 30,000-foot, 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.

Robert is an especially proficient advisor for 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 their 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, and 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.  He also enjoys collecting wine and meeting new artists while traveling.

“People hire us because they value our opinions. They may have complicated estates with tax, business or real estate issues, or they may be facing litigation. Our clients know they can call us about anything because they know we are here to help. 

We have an experienced team that only does estate related work, so we not only manage the legalities quickly, but we resolve the second, third, and fourth layer issues that other firms may not recognize.”


  • 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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