James H. Siegel

Mr. Siegel is a shareholder of the firm.  He is certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Probate Law. Mr. Siegel’s practice emphasizes estate planning, trust administration, probate administration, guardianship, and conservatorship administration.


Mr. Siegel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Northridge, magna cum laude, in 1976 and his Masters of Education from the California State University at Los Angeles in 1977. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California School of Law in 1986.

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Mr. Siegel was a partner in the law firm of Branton & Wilson in San Diego. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Siegel was a special education teacher, working with severely disabled infants, children and adults.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California 
  • Certified Specialist-Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization 
  • Former San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, Co-Chair – established training program regarding guardianship law
  • North County Estate Planning Council 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Siegel is a frequent speaker on a wide range of estate planning, trust and tax issues

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America 2020 – Trusts & Estates
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated


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