SAN DIEGO (January 19, 2011) – Catherine “Katie” M. Swafford recently joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, one of California’s leading full-service law firms, as an associate in the firm’s San Diego office. Swafford will be a part of the firm’s Family Wealth & Exempt Organizations (FWEO) practice group.

Luce Forward’s experienced FWEO team addresses four general areas of client concerns: estate and tax planning, the responsibilities of fiduciaries in the probate and trust process, dispute resolution in the estates and trusts context, and the start-up and operation of nonprofit organizations. Swafford will focus primarily on trusts and estates matters, working closely with Luce Forward Partner Mary F. Gillick.

“Katie brings with her a strong background in trusts and estates work, along with general business and real estate litigation, which makes her a great addition to our firm,” said Kurt L. Kicklighter, Luce Forward’s Managing Partner. “As we continue to strategically build our practice groups and offices throughout California, we focus on attracting talented young attorneys, like Katie, who can foster the firm’s reputation for producing positive results for our clients.”

Prior to Luce Forward, Swafford was a general business, trusts and estates and real estate litigation associate at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz & Hogan in Beverly Hills, Calif. Much of her work focused on intense litigation, including multiple bench trials which she second- or third-chaired, opposing some of the top trusts and estates attorneys in the country. In her six-year legal career, Swafford has gained extensive experience in both the civil and probate courts. She received her undergraduate degree, Cum Laude from University of California, Los Angeles and her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude from Pepperdine University School of Law.

“Luce Forward has long had a fantastic reputation in the trusts and estates arena, so I am very much looking forward to working with such a successful team,” said Swafford. “Based on my experience and strengths, I am confident that this will be a great fit for me.”

Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County, and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit
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