Erin Norcia Kolko

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Danville, CA

Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP
 | 140 Town and Country Drive, Suite A
Danville, CA 94526
Phone: 408-780-1912
Fax: 925-837-7149
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, Erin Norcia Kolko focuses her practice on all aspects of probate, trust and conservatorship litigation. Practicing out of the firm's offices in San Jose and Danville, California, she provides representation to executors, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries throughout the region. The types of matters that Ms. Kolko has had experience in since joining the firm in 2005 have included trust and will contests, elder abuse, breach of fiduciary duty, estate accounting disputes, and controversies over the interpretation of estate planning documents and the intent of testators and settlors.

Ms. Kolko also has experience in various aspects of the estate planning process. She has prepared and reviewed numerous wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, advance health care directives, and financial and health care powers of attorney. Admitted to practice before all California state courts, Ms. Kolko is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California. In addition to her law license, she has also received a real estate broker license from the California Department of Real Estate.

Majoring in biology, Ms. Kolko attended San Jose State University as an undergraduate, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. She then pursued her legal education at Santa Clara University School of Law, and she was the business editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and represented the school in the National Moot Court Competition that is held annually in New York City. Ms. Kolko also spent a summer abroad studying intellectual property before being awarded her Juris Doctor in 2006. She is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to her practice area, and her memberships include the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

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About Erin Kolko

Admitted: 2006, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Recipient of the Witkin Award for Estate Planning and Taxation, 2006, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Recipient of the Santa Clara University Pro Bono Plaque for volunteer legal services provided to the community, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award, 2005, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Represented Santa Clara University in the National Moot Court Competition, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research and Writing, 2004, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Member, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • California Real Estate Broker, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California State Bar, 2006
  • Former board member and current member, Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • California
  • Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Supreme Court of California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Business Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Speaker, “Probate Boot Camp,” National Business Institute, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Planning, Administration, and Litigation of HEMS”
  • Speaker, Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, 2018
  • Speaker, East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers, Spring Symposium, 2016
  • Speaker, San Mateo County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, 2016
  • Speaker, Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, 2015
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments,” Contra Costa County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, 2014
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning Basics,” Law Review CLE, 2013
  • Speaker, “Trust Administration: Preventing and Litigating Fiduciary Liability,” National Business Institute, 2011
  • Co-Author, “The Planning, Administration, and Litigation of the ‘HEMS’ Standard,” California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, March 2017
  • Author, “Grandma Got Scammed by a Reindeer” – Recognizing and remedying financial elder abuse, Contra Costa Lawyer, December 2015  

Educational Background:

  • San Jose State University, B.A., Biology, 2002
  • Oxford University, Comparative Intellectual Property Law Program, Summer 2004
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Office Location for Erin Norcia Kolko

140 Town and Country Drive
Suite A
Danville, CA 94526

Phone: 408-780-1912

Fax: 925-837-7149

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Last Updated: 2/19/2020

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