Michelle C. Raaka

Michelle C. Raaka

Associate Attorney
Danville, California

Ms. Raaka joined Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP in 2018. Ms. Raaka's practice focuses on trust and probate litigation, including will and trust contests, fiduciary removal and surcharge actions, accounting disputes, elder abuse actions, interpretation of estate planning documents, and related civil disputes. Ms. Raaka also assists clients in estate planning, and trust and estate administration matters, and conservatorship matters.

Prior to joining Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, Ms. Raaka practiced in the area of construction litigation. During law school, Ms. Raaka interned with the Family Court for the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2018

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Conservatorships
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2015


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 2015
    • Honors: Recipient of the Witkin Award in Legal Research and Writing, 2013
    • Honors: President, Women & Law Association
    • Honors: Dean’s List, 2015
    • Law Review: Santa Clara Law Review, Business and Communications Editor
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 2011
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.S. - 2011
    • Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member, 2018 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Collins Collins Muir & Stewart LLP, Associate Attorney, 2016 - 2018


  • English (Primary)