Sun Tzu, a military general and strategist of ancient China, said, “Win the war and then fight it.” Long before filing a complaint or petition, it’s important to know how the whole story fits together—to have every detail accounted for and planned for—because who frames the dispute, who chooses the words that will be used, and who owns the narrative, are the elements of winning the war. Sun Tzu’s words also offer great estate planning advice as well. Anyone can take a form off the Internet and plug in the names. But “plug and play” won’t help later on with a dispute. While my focus is probate and trust litigation, we at Eberts Law Group prefer to avoid litigation when possible by crafting estate planning documents that will help keep you out of court.
I have been named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2015 - 2019. In 2012, I was a San Diego Daily Transcript semifinalist for San Diego Top Attorney, Corporate Litigation. And, I have been instrumental in advancing the defense of California elders beyond my immediate practice by regularly providing assistance to peers and nonprofits and working to improve and strengthen California law protecting elders, including being the driving force behind publication of Arace v. Medico Investments LLC (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 977.
I am a member of the Trust and Estate Section of both the State Bar of California and the Sonoma County Bar Association. I have been selected to serve on the Sonoma County Probate Bench Bar Committee since 2016 and on the Sonoma County Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee from 2018 to 2020.
Before moving to Santa Rosa and beginning my trust and estate practice in 2012, I spent several years in business litigation, representing clients in cases ranging from eminent domain claims to large public works projects. I’ve argued cases in small municipal courts on up to federal district courts and state courts of appeals. I began my legal career as a prosecutor and, before that, I managed Irish pubs and trained horses. All of these legal and life experiences contribute to my ability as a communicator, strategist, and litigator.
I live in Santa Rosa with my wife and law partner, Ann, and our second grade son, August. I enjoy reading, cooking, watching soccer, and being a runner (though not so much the actual running part). The three of us love taking day trips all over the Bay Area.