Renowned Turst and Estates Attorney Barry C. Fitzpatrick Joins Luce Forward

(Lawfuel) – Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a prominent California law firm, today announced Barry C. Fitzpatrick has joined its Family Wealth and Exempt Organizations practice group. Fitzpatrick will practice from the firm’s Rancho Santa Fe office, which houses some of the foremost trusts and estates attorneys in the country.

Fitzpatrick has practiced law for almost 40 years, including more than 32 years in Rancho Santa Fe where he works with accomplished individuals, primarily in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts, and estate and trust administration. He previously practiced with Newnham, Fitzpatrick, Weston and Brennan, LLP, also in Rancho Santa Fe.

“Barry Fitzpatrick is an extremely accomplished attorney with an impeccable reputation, and we welcome him to Luce Forward,” said Robert J. Bell, Luce Forward’s managing partner. “We are dedicated to providing top-level attorneys to best serve our clients and aid in our goal of creating the West Coast’s strongest trusts and estates practice.”

Fitzpatrick is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California. Fitzpatrick is also a Director of Pac West Bancorp (previously First Community Bancorp), a Director of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation and was the pro-bono legal advisor to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation for 19 years.

“Luce Forward’s Family Wealth & Exempt Organizations Practice Group has an exceptional reputation, particularly in Rancho Santa Fe,” Fitzpatrick said. “I look forward to working with these talented attorneys and further expanding the firm’s capabilities in this area.”

Fitzpatrick earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Since 2006, a number of nationally recognized trusts and estates lawyers have joined Luce Forward, including Michelle Graham in Carmel Valley/Del Mar; James Cowley, Steven Chidester and Louis Mezzullo in Rancho Santa Fe; John Rogers and Geraldine Wyle in Los Angeles and Charlotte Ito in San Francisco.

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

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