Protecting Estates.
Protecting Legacies.

Mark A. Schmuck

  • Non Equity Partner




(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.

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

Professional Associations And Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • Mount & Stoelker, Associate, 2000 to 2004


  • Rising Stars, Northern California Super Lawyers

Classes / Seminars

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


  • English
State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
AV Preeminent | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability | 2011
Rated By Super Lawyers | Temmerman, Cilley, Kohlmann & Norcia, LLP | Selected in 2018 | Thomson Reuters