Deb L. Kinney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP
 | 101 Montgomery St, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-693-0550
Fax: 415-693-0500
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Deb L. Kinney is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, and represents clients in Oakland, San Francisco and the rest of Marin County in California. Her legal practice is focused on issues of trust and probate administration, trusts, estate planning and estate litigation. A presenter for The Bar Association of San Francisco, she is also a member of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the American Bar Association, The State Bar of California and the board of directors for The National LGBT Bar Association.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Kinney went on to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. She graduated from the New College of California School of Law with her Juris Doctor and for over 20 years, she has had her broker’s license, giving her extensive real estate experience.

That experience allowed Ms. Kinney to help with passing five property tax bills in the state that protect unrelated and registered partners, including a bill that extended Medicare coverage to domestic partners. She regularly presents on topics that include elder issues, LGBT tax issues, estate planning, charitable planning and estate settlement.

Passionate about giving back to her community, Ms. Kinney is actively involved with several charitable foundations. She was a board member for the Horizons Foundation for almost 10 years and the Equality California Political Action Committee for three years. She is presently a member of the Horizons Foundation Advisory Council and a board member for Tides Advocacy Fund.

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

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Wills, Will Contests


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Deb Kinney

Admitted: 1996, California

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • Board, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member,T rusts and Estates Section, California State Bar

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Equality California Candidate PAC 
  • Board, Equality California
  • Advisory Board, Horizons Foundation
  • The Tides Advocacy Fund

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
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Office Location for Deb L. Kinney

101 Montgomery St
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-693-0550

Fax: 415-693-0500

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Last Updated: 1/3/2020

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