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Kathleen Hunt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in El Cerrito, CA

Unique Law
6002 Barrett Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Phone: 510-289-2288
Email: Kathleen Hunt
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed in California Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate
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Attorney Profile

I am the founder and principal attorney of Unique Law, a law practice providing estate planning and probate services to unique individuals and their families throughout the greater Bay Area. I offer evening and weekend appointments, free consultations, and house calls. During this pandemic, I offer remote consultations as well.

I'm a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, as well as the California State Bar Association. I have served as the Community Service Director for the El Cerrito Rotary Club, in addition to my work on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco and the nonprofit think-tank The Feilding Foundation. I have been a certified mediator with the Better Business Bureau Auto-Line, and an EPA Green Power Partner. I was the first attorney to become a Certified Green Business in Contra Costa County. My publication credits include a guide to alternative dispute resolution, distributed to all federal judges in the Ninth Circuit; a national guide to the treatment of evolution and creationism in public schools; and essays published in such diverse locations as and Contra Costa Marketplace. 

If I'm not saving my clients from the horrors of probate or sole-proprietorship liability, I most love spending time with my family (especially my perfect son - just ask me!), and reading. Everything. Horror, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, Supreme Court opinions, comic books, cereal boxes . . . everything. When there’s a little time left over, I'm an enthusiastic Scrabble player, a racing fan, a music lover, and an avid Francophile.

About Kathleen Hunt

First Admitted: 2004

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal,, 2002
  • B.A. in English - University of California at Berkeley (having been admitted as a freshman at age 14), 1990
  • M.S. in Education, as well as Single Subject and Multiple Subject teaching credentials - California State University, Hayward, 1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive - I wrote this guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive. It was distributed to every federal judge in the entire Circuit., ADR Guidebook, 2003
  • Guarding the Schoolhouse Gate - This was an overview of the state of then-current law related to creationism and intelligent design in the public schools. It was intended to help school districts deal with threats to the teaching of evolution., National Center for Science Education, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Judge Pro Tem (Probate, Contra Costa County), 2017
  • Judge Pro Tem (Probate, Contra Costa County), 2015
  • Judge Pro Tem (Probate, Contra Costa County), 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Green Business, 2015-present (the first attorney in West Contra Costa County to qualify); re-certified every two years., 2019
  • Notary public 2008-2024 (consecutive commissions), 2020
  • Certified Mediator: BBB Auto Line, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Sponsor, Rotary Club of El Cerrito "Sip and Savor" fundraiser, 2019
  • Sponsor, Rotary Club of El Cerrito "Sip and Savor" fundraiser, 2018
  • Speaker, Rotary Club of El Cerrito, 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Sex and Culture (San Francisco, CA)
  • Pro bono Wills Clinic (Contra Costa County Senior Legal Services), 2020
  • Member of El Cerrito Rotary Club (and past board member)
  • Member: Paul Harris Society (Rotary International), 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Feilding Foundation


  • Represented an internationally-known author against his former business manager; obtained a judgment in excess of $300,000 for fraud, elder abuse, and defamation., 2019

Representative Clients

  • Estate planning for a young couple with minor children, 2020
  • Estate planning for a polyamorous family, 2019
  • Estate planning for a retired child-free couple, 2020
  • Estate planning for a 94-year-old widowed individual, 2019


  • Named Best in the East Bay in the very first year that this category has been included in the East Bay Express' annual round-up., Best of the East Bay: Attorney-Trusts & Estates, East Bay Express, 2021
  • I was named among the top probate attorneys based on my expertise and professionalism, among other criteria., Best Probate Attorney,, 2021
  • , Top Women Attorneys, Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2014
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012
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Office Location for Kathleen Hunt

6002 Barrett Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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