Mark A. Schmuck

Mark A. Schmuck

Non Equity Partner
San Jose, California
(408) 998-9700

My practice concentrates primarily on trust and estate litigation, including will and trust contests, fiduciary accounting and removal actions, elder abuse actions, disputed property claims and related appeals. My practice also includes trust and probate administration matters and conservatorships. I practice in all courts in the State of California, as well as the Federal Northern District of California. I also have experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluations.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2004

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Conservatorships

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1999


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure and Estate Planning and Taxation
    • Honors: Recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the Study of Jointly Owned Property
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Major: Political Science


  • Speaker, “Trust Administration: Preventing and Litigating Fiduciary Liability” (NBI) (2011)
  • Case Interrupted: What to do When Your Client Dies, CEB
  • The Basics Conference: Probate Litigation, CEB

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Stars, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Professional Rules Revision Task Force, Member, 2007 - 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Mount & Stoelker, Associate, 2000 - 2004


  • English (Primary)