Hess-Verdon & Associates


Located in Southern California, Newport Beach.

With over 30+ years of law, 3000+ clients throughout our tenure, you can receive in-depth legal counsel today.


Top California trust and estate law firm

The Right Attorneys Combining Business Law, Trust and Estate Law, and Real Estate Law are the Keys to Protecting Your Legal Rights!

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Jillyn Hess-Verdon
Managing Partner

Jillyn Hess-Verdon founded the firm in 1990 and advises high net-worth individuals and corporate executives with their estate tax and corporate matters. Our clients have found her more than 30 years of experience invaluable when dealing with their families and businesses. (Attorney Profile)

Keith Van Dyke

Mr. Van Dyke is a Senior Litigation Partner, responsible for trying Trust litigation cases and preparing them for trial. He has extensive trial experience, having practiced in litigation for over 33 years. He also has considerable experience in handling arbitrations, mediations, law and motion, discovery, and all areas of trial preparation. (Attorney Profile)

James Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in the areas of estate planning, tax, business planning, probate, and trust administration. He works closely with our clients, designing and implementing a variety of tax, business, and estate planning strategies. He has worked extensively with the estate and gift tax laws and is well versed in the techniques which are available to minimize the harsh impact of those taxes. (Attorney Profile)

R. Kurt Ketchum

Mr. Ketchum has considerable experience advising clients in all areas of estate planning and trust administration, including wills and trusts and fiduciary responsibilities. Mr. Ketchum serves as general counsel to many of our clients’ closely held businesses. He advises them in entity structuring and formation, corporate governance, and a wide variety of transactions for all business types, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. (Attorney Profile)

Blaine M. Brown
Associate Attorney

Mr. Blaine M. Brown, a Trust and Business Litigation attorney at the Hess-Verdon law firm, handles complicated trust disputes and trust administration matters involving trusts ranging from $10MM to more than $100MM, as well as, abroad array of business disputes. (Attorney Profile)

Ryan Young
Senior Litigation Attorney

Mr. Young is a seasoned litigator. His diverse experience includes Estate and Trust Disputes, Trust Administration, Business and Real Estate Law, Complex Civil Litigation, Products & Premises Liability, Intellectual Property, Class Actions, and many other Civil & Commercial matters. (Attorney Profile)

Holly Gilani

A trained corporate attorney, Holly regularly advises clients on formation of domestic and international entities including LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, trusts and foundations. Her practice includes Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate transactions. (Attorney Profile)

Arlene Bakirci
Associate Attorney

Ms. Bakirci has experience in estate planning, trust administration, and business formation. She works closely with our clients to implement their estate planning desires and resolve any issues within trust administration. (Attorney Profile)


Success in litigation requires extensive experience in trial preparation, strategy and trial preparation.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs, our qualifications, staffing approaches and rate structures with a view toward the successful resolution of Estate, Trust and Probate-related problems.  We recognize that our business and real estate clients are dynamic entities involved in a constantly changing business climate.


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