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Michelle Raaka focuses her practice on trust and estate planning, with a particular emphasis on domestic tax law.  She advises clients on estate and gift taxation, non-tax aspects of estate planning, structuring wealth transfers to charitable and non-charitable recipients, and planning for incapacity. She further counsels clients on matters involving the formation of family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and tax-exempt organizations.

Michelle also has experience advising clients in the administration of trusts and estates, and handling trust and estate litigation matters.


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California at San Diego, B.A. and B.S.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Named a "Rising Star" in Estate & Probate by Northern California Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters (2023-2024)