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Ryan J. Szczepanik is a Principal with HARTOG, BAER & HAND. Ryan specializes in trust and estate litigation. He has significant experience across a range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters.

After graduating law school in 2003, Mr. Szczepanik spent nine years at large law firms litigating business disputes in addition to trust and estate matters.  From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Szczepanik was a litigation attorney in the Atlanta and San Francisco offices of King & Spalding LLP, a large international firm.  He has been admitted to practice in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Mr. Szczepanik passed the October 2015 California Legal Specialist Examination in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.

Mr. Szczepanik presented on “Private Judge Trust Litigation Trials” at the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers’ April 2015 Litigation Committee meeting; the San Francisco Bar Association’s Trust & Estate Litigation Section November 2015 CLE program; and the Silicon Valley Bar Association’s April 2016 Education Committee meeting. Ryan presented on “Statutes of Limitation and Creditors’ Claims” at the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers’ September 2013 Probate Litigation Boot Camp.

Mr. Szczepanik is an author of trust and probate chapters in Matthew Bender’s publication California Forms of Pleading & Practice. He authored the article “Forging into Uncharted Territory with the Law on Abuse of Dependent Adults” in the April 2014 edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Szczepanik has published several other articles on alternative dispute resolution issues.

Mr. Szczepanik is the Vice Chair of the Litigation and Mediation Committee of the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers.

Mr. Szczepanik actively volunteers in his local community. He serves as a mentor in the YMCA’s Building Futures Program. In his spare time, Mr. Szczepanik enjoys golf, running, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Szczepanik is a 1999 graduate of Amherst College and a 2003 graduate of Emory Law School. While a law student, he received the Dean’s Award for Trusts & Estates.


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