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J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1995

B.A. Government, California State University, Sacramento, 1991

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2014

State Bar of California, Litigation and Trusts and Estates Sections

Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Chair, 2008

Sacramento County Bar Association, Diversity Hiring and Retention Committee

Sacramento Estate Planning Council

Sacramento County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (SacFAST)

Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009

Kelly E. Dankbar

Contact information:
T: 916.558.6061
F: 916.446.1611

Practice Areas

Kelly is a shareholder in the firm’s Estate Planning, Tax and Fiduciary Abuse and Litigation groups. Kelly was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996, after receiving her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in December of 1995. Kelly focuses her practice on estate and trust litigation, financial/fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, trust and probate administration, and conservatorships. Kelly also has extensive trial, mediation and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high profile trust disputes and elder financial abuse cases.

Kelly regularly speaks on issues of estate and trust litigation and elder financial abuse, and has been a panelist for continuing legal education programs for CEB and NBI, including Elder Law Litigation and Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practice. Kelly has also spoken for various county bar associations on issues of estate and trust litigation and elder financial abuse, including the Contra Costa County Bar Association and the 2006 annual CLE Conference for the Placer County Bar Association. Kelly has also authored several articles about elder financial abuse litigation, including “Contractual Arbitration: Is it Binding on the Victims of Elder Abuse?”

Kelly was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Kelly has testified before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on issues of elder financial abuse, and has assisted legislators and their staff in drafting laws pertaining to elders. In addition to her legal work, Kelly spends time giving to the community, including having participated as an attorney coach for the high school moot court competition sponsored by the Center for Law Related Education. Kelly also volunteered her time for many years to Job’s Daughters, a Masonic youth organization for young women.