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Michael J. Offenheiser was admitted to the California bar in 2005 and has practiced as an estate planning attorney since that time. He earned his Bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his Juris Doctorate degree (cum laude) from the Ave Maria School of Law. Michael is board certified in estate planning law by the California Bar Association. He is a Blackstone Fellow and recipient of a Distinguished Scholar Award from the State of Maryland. In law school, Michael served on the Executive Board of the Ave Maria Law Review.

An accomplished estate planning attorney, Michael has worked at well-known law firms in both central and southern California and has taught estate planning as an Adjunct Professor of Law. In his practice, Michael works closely with individuals and families to create estate plans that reflect their unique goals and desires. This may involve the preparation of wills, living trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, special needs trusts, or the implementation of other estate planning techniques.

Michael is currently a member of the Planned Giving Committee of the Orange Catholic Foundation and has given numerous presentations on the subject of estate planning at venues throughout Orange County. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County. In 2014 and 2015 Michael was selected for inclusion on the Southern California Super Lawyers “Southern California Rising Stars” lists by the publishers of Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics magazine.

Estate Planning & Administration

  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Last Will and Testaments
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts (QPRTs, ILITs, IDITs, Dynasty, etc.)
  • Probate, Trust, and Estate Administration
  • Copenbarger & Copenbarger, LLP, Irvine, California – Associate Attorney – 2012-2013
  • Law Office of Michael J. Offenheiser, Orange County, California – Solo Practitioner – 2011-2012
  • Bolen Fransen, LLP, Fresno, California – Associate Attorney – 2008-2010
  • Fresno City College, Fresno, California – Adjunct Professor – 2010
  • Dowling, Aaron, & Keeler, P.C., Fresno, California – Associate Attorney – 2006-2008
  • Juris Doctor, Ave Maria School of Law, 2005 (Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor of Arts, The Catholic University of America, 1999 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning Law – 7/1/2015
    • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization)
  • 2014 - 2015 “Southern California SuperLawyers - Rising Star”
    • Published by Los Angeles magazine and The Journal for Law & Politics. Only 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 and/or in their first 10 years of practice in Los Angeles and Orange Counties receive this honor.
  • Wills and Trusts Presentation, Orange Catholic Foundation, Huntington Beach, CA 2017
  • Wills and Trusts Presentation, Orange Catholic Foundation, Yorba Linda, CA 2017
  • Wills and Trusts Presentation, Orange Catholic Foundation, La Habra, CA 2017
  • Basic Living Trust, NAIFA Brown Bag Webinar, 2016
  • Essential Estate Planning Presentation, Carmel Village, Fountain Valley, CA 2016
  • Wills and Trusts Presentation, Orange Catholic Foundation, La Habra, CA 2016
  • Wills and Trusts Presentation, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Garden Grove, CA 2016
  • Estate Planning Presentation, St. Bonaventure School, Huntington Beach, CA 2015
  • Estate Planning Presentation, Our Lady of Fatima, San Clemente, CA 2015
  • Estate Planning Presentation, St. John Neumann, Irvine, CA 2015
  • Advanced Healthcare Directives and More, Estate Planning Workshop Series 2014, Irvine, CA 2014
  • Special Needs Trust Presentation, Goodwill of OC, Santa Ana, CA 2014
  • Estate Planning Presentation, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Pius V Church, Buena Park, CA, 2013
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Angela Merici Church, Brea, CA, 2013
  • Estate Planning Presentation at Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA, 2012
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Norbert Church, Orange, CA, 2012
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Dana Point, CA, 2012
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Joseph Church, Placentia, CA, 2012
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Timothy Church, Laguna Niguel, CA, 2011
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Martin De Porres Church, Yorba Linda, CA, 2011
  • Estate Planning Presentation at St. Vincent De Paul Church, Huntington Beach, CA, 2011
  • Estate Planning/Stewardship Presentations at St. John Neumann Church, Irvine, CA, 2012
  • Special Needs Trust Educational Seminar, Goodwill Industries of Orange County, 2011
  • Special Needs Trust Educational Seminar, The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding, 2011
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council
  • Planned Giving Committee, Orange Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Orange - Member
  • Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society of Orange County - Member