Craig L. Judson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson
2125 Oak Grove Road, Suite 210
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: 925-933-7777
Fax: 925-933-7804
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (30%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%), Civil Litigation: Defense (10%), State, Local & Municipal (10%)
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Attorney Craig L. Judson is the managing partner of the Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson law firm, which has offices in Walnut Creek and Sacramento, California. A highly rated attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Mr. Judson focuses his practice primarily on estate and trust planning, trust and probate administration, probate and trust litigation, as well as conservatorship and guardianship cases. In addition, he has extensive experience with general civil litigation matters involving personal injury, construction defects, real estate, and contract disputes.

A 1981 cum laude graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science/public service, Mr. Judson attended the University of California Davis School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1984. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. federal court.

Throughout his career, Mr. Judson has also gained considerable experience representing public agencies with a wide range of legal issues, such as real estate disputes, inverse condemnation, personal injury defense, construction issues, and contract disputes. He has also counseled and advised his public agency clients, most notably water agencies, on a number of business-related matters and served as primary litigation counsel for the firm's public agency clients.

Since shifting his focus to estate planning and administration, Mr. Judson has helped hundreds of individuals and families protect themselves and their assets for the future while assisting them with creating lasting legacies for their heirs and loved ones. Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Judson is a current adjunct legal professor at UC Davis School of Law, where he teaches two very popular practical skills courses in estate planning and administration, as well as civil procedure and litigation. 

Active in his legal community, Mr. Judson is a member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California as well as the Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and The State Bar of California. Giving back to his local community, he also serves on the board of directors for The Reutlinger Community, a non-profit assisted living and skilled nursing facility, Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha, as well as serving as a director for the charitable organization “A Brighter Day,” which focuses on teen mental health issues and outreach. 


Practice Areas
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
Focus Areas

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


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

About Craig L. Judson

Admitted: 1984, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Law School Professor, UC Davis School of Law, Trusts and Estates and Civil Litigation, Adjunct Professor of the Law
  • Multiple chapter editor for the CEB publicaiton "Decedent's Estate Practice.", Multiple Chapter Editor, Decedent's Estate Practice (CEB), Legal


  • Phi Beta Kappa (Honir Society) Pi Sigma Alpha (Honor Society)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The Reutlinger Community, Board of Directors
  • Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha Board of Directors, 2020
  • A Brighter Day, Director

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Professional Fiduciary Association of California (“PFAC”)
  • Contra Costa Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California, 1984
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1984

Representative Clients

  • Contra Costa Water District Dublin San Ramon Services District North Marin Water District Valley of the Moon Water District Numerous private individual and business clients

Educational Background

  • University of California, Davis, California, B.A. cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Major: Political Science / Public Service, 1981, 1984


  • Kelly v. Contra Costa Water District. Inverse condemnation and trespass of water from leaking water main. Plaintiffs sought damages of $4.5 mil. Defense CCP Section 998 offer was $600,000. Verdict was $220,000. Valley of the Moon Water District. Breach of contract, breach of warranty lawsuit on behalf of the Water District for defective and failed construction of a municipal water well. Case settled in mediation for $1,500,000., 2015
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Office Location for Craig L. Judson

2125 Oak Grove Road
Suite 210
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Phone: 925-933-7777

Fax: 925-933-7804

Last Updated: 1/20/2021

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