Michael A. Hackard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Hackard Law
 | 10630 Mather Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95655
Phone: 916-313-3030
Fax: 916-226-5177
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business Litigation (0%)
Attorney Profile

As founder of Hackard Law, Michael A. Hackard is committed to representing clients in the Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, including Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Solano, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Michael Hackard regularly provides legal services to out of state clients dealing with California matters. Mr. Hackard focuses his practice on handling cases that involve probate, trust and estate litigation, including financial elder abuse cases, and business litgation as well as personal injury cases.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, Mr. Hackard went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1976.

With four decades of experience, Mr. Hackard has taken cases to both state and federal trial courts as well as to appellate courts. He understands the challenges facing clients throughout the litigation process, and he is committed to advocating for their interests and goals, whether through the courts or through a skillfully executed settlement.

For his track record of success, Mr. Hackard has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; has been designated by his peers as a member of Northern California Super Lawyers; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; and he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Local and national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and C-SPAN have also sought his legal opinion.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Hackard holds memberships with The State Bar of California, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Estate & Trust Litigation (90%)
Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Business Litigation (0%)

Estate & Trust Litigation (90%): Will Contests

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Business Litigation (0%)

Focus Areas

Will Contests, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015

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About Michael Hackard

Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/95655-ca-michael-hackard-22626...


  • Michael A. Hackard has been voted by his peers to be a member of Northern California Super Lawyers., Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Interviewed in Media, C-SPAN, Fox News – Neil Cavuto and The Wall Street Journal
  • 10.0 Rating – 'Superb' by Avvo
  • Ranked AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman, "Preserving Our Past ... Building Our Future Campaign, Diocese of Sacramento, 2006
  • Member, United States Electoral College, California, 1992
  • Former Member, Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission, 1980
  • Former Member, Sacramento County Civil Service Commission, 1978
  • Hackard Law Corporation, Senior Partner, 2009 - Present
  • Michael A. Hackard Private Law Firm Practice – Various Law Firms, Lawyer, 1976-2009
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Loretto High School, Sacramento, California
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento
  • Former Member, Sacramento Diocesan Finance Council.
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Jesuit High School, Carmichael, California 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Advice to a Weary Litigant: The Role of Special Settlement Counsel, Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation, October 16, 2012

Representative Clients:

  • Clients include beneficiaries and heirs off disputed Wills and Trusts. Clients also include those suffering from financial elder abuse and elder abuse. Michael A. Hackard also represents families of victims of wrongful death as well as individuals filing personal injury actions. Michael is often called upon to advise in and litigate complex business cases., 2015


  • Woody Allen says, "Showing up is 80 percent of life." He also said that once you start your project, “you are half way towards something good happening.” Now I can’t say that I view Woody Allen as an exemplar of great wisdom, but he really has a good point when it comes to showing up. I think that my mother actually taught me this lesson at a young age. In forty years of practicing law, I’ve had to show up at a lot of events, hearings, and meetings. I’ve traveled the country – appeared in court in eleven different states and personally met with associated lawyers in four foreign countries on their home turf. At one time, we had clients in thirty-one states and I visited all of those states. I knew that showing up is 80% of success, even before Wood Allen took credit for it. Showing up is really about the power of presence. There is nothing like being able to look another person in the eye – even if the person is an adversary. Meeting in person allows us to take measure of each other, and more often than not, it makes further communication easier... Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2016/09/the-power-of-presence-sacramento-ca-estate-trust-attorney.shtml, The Power of Presence, 2016

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1976
  • California State University, Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts, 1972
  • Executive-level business leadership programs at Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Northwest University's Kellogg School of Management

Industry Groups

  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
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Office Location for Michael A. Hackard

10630 Mather Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95655

Phone: 916-313-3030

Fax: 916-226-5177

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Last Updated: 11/29/2018

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