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Melissa R. Karlsten

Shareholder, Attorney

Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Trust and Estate Litigation, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and Family Law

Melissa R. Karlsten is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, and has been practicing in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law since 2002. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Karlsten as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. 

Ms. Karlsten is a native of the Bay Area.  She attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. After high school, she earned a B.A. in English Literature from Santa Clara University where she graduated Cum Laude in 1997. After teaching second grade at a San Jose grammar school, she went on to earn her J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2002, where she also graduated Cum Laude.  At U.S.F., Ms. Karlsten was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and served as the technical editor for the USF Law Review.  In 1999, she received the CALI award for Legal Research and Writing.

Ms. Karlsten is admitted to practice in the State of California. She is a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, is currently on the Board of Directors, and served as President of the San Mateo County Barristers Association in 2007.  Ms. Karlsten is the former Chair of the San Mateo County Women Lawyers Section. 

Awards

• Selected as one of the Top Attorneys Rising Stars in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine, 2012 - 2015.

• Selected as a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine, 2016

Publications and Presentations

• Co-Author, When Death and Divorce Collide (Trust and Estate Quarterly, Spring 2005)

• Co-Presenter, It Wasn't Me . . . What Is a Fiduciary to Do When Faced with Litigation? (PFAC Conference, Fall 2009)

• Co-Presenter, Ethical Issues in Elder Law Litigation (San Mateo County Bar Association, January 2010)

• Co-Author, Incapacity Issues in Family Law and Probate Proceedings (Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law, CEB, 2011)

• Co-Presenter, When Incapacity and Divorce Collide (San Mateo County Bar Association, November 2010; East Bay Trusts & Estate Lawyers, November 2011; Silicon Valley Bar Association, February 2012)

• Co-Presenter, Practical Ethics and the Business of Being a Fiduciary (San Mateo County Chapter PFAC, November 2012)

• Co-Presenter, The Ethics of Independent Counsel - Whose Side Are You On, Anyway? (San Mateo County Bar Association Funky Credit Day, January 2013)

• Co-Presenter, Choose Your Own Adventure: "This Isn't the Trip I Signed Up For!" (PFAC Conference, April 2013)

• Co-Presenter, Unlawful Detainers (PFAC Conference, April 2013)

• Co-Presenter, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders: When, How, and Why You Need Them (PFAC Conference, April 2013)

 

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