Shawn S. Kerendian is the founder and Managing Partner of Keystone Law Group, P.C., and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization). Shawn founded Keystone to provide clients with specialized, focused and efficient legal services in probate, trust and estate matters. Shawn supervises and manages a team of probate attorneys in the administration and litigation of estates, trusts, conservatorships, and guardianships.
As an experienced litigator with about a decade of experience in this practice area, Shawn helps clients resolve contested litigation through creative thinking and the implementation of short-term and long-term strategies to accomplish a client’s goals within the client’s budget. Shawn has litigated hundreds of probate disputes, including heirship claims, community/separate property issues, property ownership disputes (850 petitions), financial elder abuse claims, will contests, trust contests, Marvin actions, creditor’s claims, equitable adoption claims, breach of contracts to make a will, interpretation and construction disputes, etc. Shawn is comfortable handling all stages of litigation, from the development of case strategy at the inception of the case through settlement or trial.
Shawn represents professional fiduciaries, trustees, beneficiaries, heirs, executors, administrators, creditors, corporations, non-profit organizations, conservators and guardians. In 2017, Shawn was named as a “Top 40 Under 40” Attorney in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, a statewide legal newspaper that is highly revered among attorneys in California. Shawn was also recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine six years in a row (as a Rising Star from 2016-2019 and as a Super Lawyer from 2020-2021) and as a Top 100 Southern California Rising Star in 2018. Shawn has the highest possible rating on Avvo based on feedback from clients and is AV Rated by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell for exhibiting the highest level of professional excellence.