Michele Mulrooney is a partner and Chair of Willkie’s Private Clients Group in Los Angeles. She focuses her practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, including actors, directors, writers, producers, artists, sports figures, business owners and executives, and real estate investors. She has substantial experience in all aspects of sophisticated estate planning, including the preservation and protection of wealth for generations of families, establishing and advising private foundations, post-death administration of estates and trusts, establishing and advising conservatorships and guardianships, cross-border planning for multinational clients, and insurance issues.

Michele is also experienced in estate planning for majority owners of both private and public companies, including, but not limited to, recapitalizations, buy-sell agreements between shareholders and partners, sales to third parties, and intra-family transfers.

Michele’s experience and insight into the unique legal needs facing individuals in the entertainment industry have led her to develop a broader service offering for her clients. This includes counseling on general business and personal matters, including serving as an advisor to family law counsel in complex divorce situations. She also serves as trustee and executor of many of her clients' trusts and estates. Michele's clients not only appreciate her legal guidance; they also value the meaningful relationships that she develops with them.

Michele's dedication to her clients has garnered many accolades. In Chambers High Net Worth 2022, where Michele ranks as a leading practitioner in the area of Private Wealth Law in California, she is described as "one of the top estate planning representatives in the USA" and "someone who cares for her clients."

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  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007, 2012-2023
  • Variety
    • Legal Impact Report, 2014 - 2022
    • Women's Impact Report, 2016
  • The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers: Troubleshooters, 2017, 2022
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Top Women Attorneys, 2017 - 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2016 - 2023
  • The Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in the Law, Trusts and Estates, 2017 - 2019
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (Band 2), Southern California, 2017 - 2022
  • California Community Foundation, Partners of Distinction Award, 2016
  • National Law Journal, Trailblazer, Divorce, Trusts &Estates, 2016- 2017
  • Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Chambers USA, Tax: Estate Planning, California, 2014 - 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2012 - 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent Rated
  • Board Member, USC Gould School of Law
  • Co-chair, Building Committee, USC Gould School of Law
  • Member, UCLA Health System Board



University of Southern California, Gould School of Law , J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1985 University of Southern California, B.S. (magna cum laude) , 1982

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