Blake Rummel is a litigator focused exclusively in the areas of probate, conservatorship, and estate and trust litigation. She has been successfully resolving disputes for almost 30 years, both in and out of the courtroom. Blake is highly respected by her peers, assisting them when client matters turn from administration to litigation. Although she is aggressive in representing the best interests of her clients, she treats every client with compassion and discretion, sensitive to the emotions that often cloud the parties’ ability to amicably reach agreement.

Through her representation of both fiduciaries and beneficiaries, Blake has tremendous insight into the concerns typical to all parties to a matter. In representing fiduciaries, she collaborates with the trust departments of financial institutions and other clients to ensure compliance with all statutory and fiduciary obligations. In representing beneficiaries, she advocates for their best interests and receipt of bequests as intended by the benefactor. In addition to individuals, she frequently represents charities, thereby helping clients fulfill their intended philanthropic goals.

While every matter has unique nuances, Blake believes that she is able to achieve the best possible outcome for each client as a result of the firm’s depth in estate planning and administration. Among the firm’s attorneys are experts in virtually every aspect of the estate planning and administration process. This leads to efficiency as well as being economically beneficial for clients.

A frequent speaker, Blake often presents on a variety of subjects for Continuing Education of the Bar, the State Bar of California, the USC Trusts and Estates Conference, the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Probate Volunteer Panel (PVP) training program and various others bar associations and organizations. She finds great fulfillment in educating others on the nuances of resolving trust and estate related disputes, and in volunteering for the PVP.

Blake was named 2017 Trust Litigation Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association. She is honored to have been named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® each year since 2005 and has been rated “AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0” on Martindale-Hubbell® by her peers.


  • J.D., S.C.A.L.E. program, Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles, 1990
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • B.A., Political Science with a Specialization in Law & Society, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Trusts and Estates Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    •  Trusts and Estates Section

Speaking & Teaching

Teaching Positions

  • Guest Lecturer, Wills and Trusts, Southwestern Law School

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • “Hot Topics in Accounting and Bad Faith Objections,” San Fernando Valley Bar Association, January 8, 2019
  • “Trusts,” The Basics Conference: Estate Planning, CEB, September 2018
  • “Drafting PVP Reports: What You Need To Know,” Judge Mary Thornton House, June 23, 2018
  • “Estate Litigation,” The Basics Conference: Trust & Estate Administration & Litigation, CEB, September 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, Wills and Trusts, Southwestern Law School
  • “Next Generation Estate Planning: Cryo-banked Genetic Material, What Happens After Death,” Donald L. Stone’s Inn of St. Ives, October 22, 2015
  • “Ethics and Estate Planning; Guidance for Your New Year,” Woodland Hills Tax and Estate Planning Council, Inc., January 8, 2014
  • “Advanced Planning to Increase Your Likelihood of Settlement Conference Success,” Settlement Officer Training Program, March 18, 2014
  • “What to Expect at the Courthouse in 2013 – Local and State Developments,” San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February 12, 2012
  • “Expert Witness,” Conference of Consulting Actuaries, October 25, 2010
  • “Matter of Privately Retained Counsel,” Annual Aviva K. Bobb Advanced Probate Volunteer Training Program, October 23, 2010
  • “Probate and Trust Accountings,” Beverly Hills Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section, July 15, 2008
  • “Fiduciary Accountings: Put ’em Together, Pick ’em Apart,” State Bar of California 80th Annual Meeting, September 29, 2007
  • “In Consideration of the Accounting: When to Address $600.00 in Postage Charges,” USC Gould School of Law Probate and Trust Conference, November 17, 2006

Media & Publications



Published Decisions

  • In re Estate of Lewis, 184 Cal. App. 4th 507, 108 Cal. Rptr. 3d 800 (2010).

Honors & Awards

  • “Top Rated Litigator,” The American Lawyer, 2021
  • “Woman Leader In Law,” The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel, 2021
  • “Best Lawyers in America,” Best Lawyers, 2020-Present
  • “Leaders in Their Field – Private Wealth Disputes,” Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2018-2019
  • “Top Litigators in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018
  • “Trust Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” Century City Bar Association, 2017
  • “Top Women Lawyers,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, 2017
  • “Southern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers®, 2006, 2008-Present
  • “AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 / 5.0” Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • “Five Star Professional – Estate Planning Attorney,” Los Angeles, 2014

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Ten of the Firm’s Attorneys Selected to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for...

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April 8, 2019

Sussan Shore and Blake Rummel Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women Attorneys”

The firm congratulates partners Sussan Shore and Blake Rummel on being selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual “Most Influential Women Attorneys” list. The prominent list...

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November 26, 2018

Blake Rummel Quoted in 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine

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September 20, 2018

Blake Rummel and Beth Acevedo present “Trusts” at the CEB Basics Conference on Estate Planning.


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June 29, 2018

Blake Rummel Speaks on Buzz Aldrin Estate Dispute

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June 24, 2018

Blake Rummel Speaks at Judge Mary Thornton House

Blake Rummel presented “Drafting PVP Reports: What You Need to Know” at the Judge Mary Thornton House on June 23, 2018. Blake discussed a variety of...

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Blake Rummel’s article “‘Back To The Future’ DeLorean Car Subject Of Estate Dispute With DMC, Universal” was published in Forbes on April 27, 2018. The piece...

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Blake Rummel Quoted in Wealth Management Article

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February 1, 2018

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Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for...

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May 10, 2017

Blake Rummel Named to Daily Journal’s Prestigious “Top Women Lawyers” of 2017

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