Jessica A. Uzcategui - Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP

Jessica A. Uzcategui

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Jessica A. Uzcategui is a Partner at Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise and focuses her practice exclusively on probate litigation, with a particular emphasis on trusts and estates. Since joining the firm in 2004, she has tried numerous cases on behalf of individuals, financial institutions, corporate fiduciaries, and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Uzcategui's recent trial experience includes successfully representing a charitable foundation in a multi-million dollar conservatorship case, successfully defending the accounting of a national trust company against a beneficiary's objections and recovering more than $1 million in attorney's fees, and successfully obtaining out-of-pocket attorneys' fees for an individual trustee incurred in removing his co-trustee. Ms. Uzcategui has also obtained favorable settlement results for her clients, including dismissal of claims for breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, and elder abuse.

Ms. Uzcategui's expertise makes her a sought-after speaker. She is a frequent panelist at the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Symposium and has also presented to the National Conference of Probate Judges, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference, and the USC Gould School of Law Trust and Estate Conference.

She serves as the co-chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section of the ABA, and was recently selected to participate in the inaugural Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, a joint program among five national sponsoring bar organizations. The program sought to enhance motivation and foster leadership skills among people of color who are prominent in the legal community. She is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Dedicated to serving low income communities, she currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, an organization that provides comprehensive family law services to low income families in Los Angeles County. She has also volunteered for the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Barristers Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, which recognized her contribution with the Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award.

She obtained her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.S. from Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to joining Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, she practiced as an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP.

Duke UniversityBS 1997Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 2002
American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law SectionHispanic National Bar AssociationWomen Lawyers Association of Los AngelesLatina Lawyers Bar AssociationLos Angeles County Bar Association, Trust and Estate SectionHarriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Office Location

350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3475
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Other Information

Gender: Female