Julie R. Woods is an associate attorney. Her practice focuses on litigation and administration of estates, trusts, conservatorships, and elder abuse actions. Ms. Woods applies her breadth of experience by taking a practical approach to matters, leading to successes both in and out of the courtroom. With strong client rapport and acceptance into the community of probate attorneys, Ms. Woods is able to amicably resolve and successfully litigate trust and estate disputes. Ms. Woods has practiced throughout the State of California by representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries, both individual and institutional, in matters involving trusts and estates of all sizes and complexity.
Ms. Woods is recognized as a Rising Stars honoree in Super Lawyers Magazine, selected from up to 2.5% of the attorneys in California. In 2016 she was recognized as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine, and in 2015 she received the same recognition in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Woods is also an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only Trial Lawyer Honorary Society which is composed of less than .05% of American lawyers. Ms. Woods is also on the committee of writers for the case law updates published to the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California.
Ms. Woods graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She earned two Bachelors of Arts, English with emphasis in Literature & Language, and Philosophy with emphasis in Ethics, Law & Moral Value Theory, from the University of Southern California. At both universities, Ms. Woods was on the Dean’s List and nationally-competitive Moot Court or Mock Trial Teams. She also held a clerkship as a judicial extern for Hon. Susan Zwick in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Woods represented disadvantaged clients at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic and also won the CALI award for the highest grade in her class for Deposition Skills.
In her spare time, Ms. Woods enjoys being active in the community and running races ranging from 5Ks to marathons.
Ms. Woods has written and given the following presentations to attorneys, fiduciaries, and paralegals:
- “Impact of Bankruptcy on Trust and Probate Estates,” National Business Institute (NBI), CLE, San Francisco, May 2017
- “Estate Planning and Administration: Year in Review,” East Bay Trusts and Estates Litigators (EBTEL), Oakland, February 2017
- “Impact of Bankruptcy on Trust and Probate Estates,” National Business Institute (NBI), CLE, Oakland, December 2016
- “The Basics Seminar: Trust Litigation,” Continuing Education of the Bar for the State of California (CEB), CLE, Newport Beach, September 2016
- “Elder Law Fundamentals: Elder Abuse Litigation”, Continuing Education of the Bar for the State of California (CEB), CLE Webinar, Oakland, March 2016
- “Managing Risk: How to Protect Yourself in a Post Giraldin World,” San Joaquin Estate Planning Council, Stockton, March 2016
- “Managing Risk: How to Protect Yourself in a Post Giraldin World,” Professional Fiduciary Association of Northern California, Davis, October 2015
- Author, Case Alerts, Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, Membership/Marketing and Social Media Subcommittee of the Executive Committee, 2015-2017. Available at: http://trustslaw.calbar.ca.gov/TrustsandEstates/NewCaseAlerts.aspx
- Author, “Autism’s Interplay with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Fall 2011 issue. Available at: https://www.sfbar.org/forms/sfam/q32011/ca-disabilities-education-act-q3-2011.pdf
- Contributor (Fellowship), Federal Appellate Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines regarding United States Supreme Court case, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics.