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Michelle Barnett Batista

Senior Counsel, Attorney


Redwood City Office

333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 350
Redwood City, CA 94065
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Phone: (650) 368-4662, Ext. 122
Fax: (650) 367-8531
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Practice Areas
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Probate
  • Trust Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Conservatorships
  • General Civil Practice

Ms. Barnett Batista has been practicing in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law since 2013. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Barnett Batista as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law.

Ms. Barnett Batista focuses her practice on trust, probate and conservatorship litigation, representing both individuals and professional fiduciaries in a wide range of litigated matters including financial elder abuse actions, removal and surcharge actions, contested conservatorships, will and trust contests, accounting disputes, and related civil claims.

Ms. Barnett Batista also provides estate planning services to meet her clients’ wealth transfer and tax goals, including the preparation of revocable living trusts, wills, financial powers of attorney, and advance health care directives, and advises clients on all aspects of trust, probate and conservatorship administrations.

Ms. Barnett Batista serves as a volunteer member of the California Lawyers Association Trust & Estates Executive Committee. Ms. Barnett Batista is also a volunteer attorney for Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.

Publications and Presentations
  • New Case Alerts, California Lawyers Association, Trust and Estates Section, co-author
  • Quasi-Judicial Immunity in Conservatorships: A Guide for Conservators and Their Counsel, California Lawyer’s Association’s California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 22, Issue 2, co-author (2016)
  • Quasi-Judicial Immunity in Conservatorships: A Guide for Court-Appointed Counsel for Conservatees and Proposed Conservatees, California Lawyer’s Association’s California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 22, Issue 3, co-author (2016)
  • Selected Crossover Issues Between Probate and Family Law, San Mateo County Bar Association, Probate Section, 2017, co-presenter
  • Brooklyn Law School, cum laude, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, cum laude, B.A., Business Economics
  • State of California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California
Honors and Recognitions
  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021-2023
  • Recognized in the 2021-2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Trusts and Estates
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Evidence, Brooklyn Law School, 2012
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, International Law, Brooklyn Law School, 2011
Bar Associations
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • California Women Lawyers
Michelle Barnett Batista
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