Roger Buffington

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Fountain Valley, California

Buffington Law Firm, PC
Roger Buffington
Buffington Law Firm, PC

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation, Elder Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1997

Education: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
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Buffington Law Firm, PC

8840 Warner Avenue
Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 Visit website


As managing partner at Buffington Law Firm, PC, Roger Buffington represents clients in Fountain Valley, California, in matters of real estate litigation, business litigation, trust and estate litigation, and elder law financial abuse cases. With over two decades of experience, he has managed many high-profile, high-value cases, and is a trusted lawyer who represents clients in both state and federal courts.

A certified public accountant in the state of California (inactive status), Mr. Buffington received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then moved on to the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance. At the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, he earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 and was editor-in-chief of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal.

Admitted to practice in the state of California, he is also admitted before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Buffington also worked as chief financial officer of Stevco, Inc., and as corporate controller at Iron Mountain Incorporated before beginning his career in law.

Mr. Buffington was given the Army Commendation Medal while in school and was a Distinguished Military Graduate when he received his undergraduate degree. He is also a former member of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation, Elder Law

Focus areas

Non-Compete Agreements

  • 60% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 10% Elder Law

First Admitted: 1997, California

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Educational Background:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, A.B., Major: Economics
  • University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, California, Master of Business Administration - 1982, Major: Emphasis in Accounting and Finance
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California, 1997 U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997 U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1997 U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1997 U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1997 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1997
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Alpha Epsilon
  • Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2012 - 2013
  • Army Commendation Medal, 1975 - 1980
  • University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief 1997
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, UCLA, 1971 - 1975
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • California Certified Public Accountant (inactive status), 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A one hour class in which I was the primary instructor to the Orange County Bar Association trust and estates section., Primary instructor (Orange County Bar Association Webinar), Webinar: How Estate Planners Can Avoid Trust and Estate Litigation, 2022
  • A Proposed Standard of Liability for the Public Accounting Profession, USC Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Spring, 1997
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Represented University of Southern California in an eight million dollar financial elder abuse claim and trust dispute.  Recovered assets valued at nearly eight million dollars pursuant to a formal mediation after two years of litigation., 2022
  • Represented trust beneficiaries in over a dozen high-dollar lawsuits, all of which resolved in Mediation during 2022., 2022
  • Represented University of Southern California in a multi-million dollar inheritance dispute in which the firm recovered a seven-figure settlement pursuant to mediation., 2023
  • Tried a Financial Elder Abuse case representing plaintiff in Orange County Superior Court.  Recovered over $400,000 in damages as well as attorney's fees for the client., 2021
  • Represented a client a high-dollar shareholder's claim case at mediation and achieved a high-dollar settlement for the client., 2022
  • Successfully mediated a multi-million dollar financial elder abuse, fraud, and quiet title action such that the Petitioners (opposing side) took nothing in their claim.  , 2022
  • In a breach of contract case, represented a corporation in a high-dollar dispute in the context of the purchase and sale of the business.  Successfully negotiated a settlement that exceeded the client's best expectations., 2022
  • Successfully negotiated a "walk away" zero dollar settlement in a trust and elder abuse case, representing defendant, in which Plaintiff recovered nothing., 2022
  • Negotiated closure in a small inheritance dispute among Trust successor-trustees and beneficiaries resulting in the Court's approval of the terms of our proposed Petition., 2021
  • Negotiated a settlement in a shareholder's dispute for a large California corporation., 2021
  • Handled and settled numerous high-dollar trust estate litigation matters in favor of our client, a major California university, 2021
  • Settled a high-dollar employment claim against our client, a major California biomedical corporation for a nominal settlement., 2021
  • Recovered high-dollar damages for a client who had been victimized by a professional advisor., 2021
  • Recovered a large estate for a client who had been victimized by undue influence., 2021
  • Recovered a multi-million dollar estate for a client who had been victimized by a financial predator., 2021
  • Represented an elderly woman (petitioner) who had been defrauded out of most of her approximately $15 million estate.  Causes of action included financial elder abuse and undue influence.  After settlement petitioner recovered most of her estate., 2019
  • After prevailing at trial, won an appellate decision affirming such, dealing with a dispute concerning ownership of a California single family residence., 2019
  • After prevailing at trial, won an appeal as lead counsel in Orange Catholic Diocese v. Arvizu that resulted in a published opinion clarifying an important area of California trust law concerning fiduciary duty liability for trustees of California revocable ("living") trusts., 2019
  • Lead counsel in a trust litigation case representing three beneficiaries (petitioners) seeking to dissolve and force distribution of a $20 million family trust and remove the trustees.  After a three week bench trial petitioners prevailed on all major causes of action. (Matter now on appeal.), 2018
  • In an action contesting the ownership of an Orange County corporation, attorneys Roger J. Buffington (lead counsel) and Adam M. Foster (associate) won a declaratory judgment verdict which resolved all issues in favor of their client., 2016
  • Lead defense counsel in a business litigation case decided by a one-month jury trial concerning a dispute over ownership of a corporation and its subsidiaries valued at up to $100 million.  Prevailed on all causes of action whereby the jury rendered a verdict in which the opposing side (plaintiff) took nothing on eight causes of action., 2018
Representative Clients:
  • Zapp Packaging Inc.  Outside general counsel, 2022
  • University of Southern California.  Primary outside counsel for most matters concerning trust and estate litigation for the past 20 years., 2020
  • Zapp Packaging, Inc., 2020
  • Hemosure, Inc.  Outside general counsel.  (Affiliate of WHPM Inc.).  Mainly deals with employment claims and breach of contract disputes., 2020
  • WHPM Inc.  A major California biomedical firm.  Outside general counsel for all litigation matters primarily involving employment claims and contract disputes., 2020
  • Primary Color Systems Corporation Cosmo Nail Bar, Inc., 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Biomedical
  • Electronics and Computer
  • Legal
  • Printing
  • Universities/Higher Education

Office location for Roger Buffington

8840 Warner Avenue
Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Phone: 714-842-6124


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

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