Kristin A. Pace

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Oakland, California

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
Kristin A. Pace
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax; view more

Licensed in California since: 1988

Education: University of San Francisco School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

1999 Harrison Street
26th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612 Visit website


Kristin A. Pace is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group. Located in Oakland, California, she has been offering reliable and skillful legal representation to her clients for more than three decades. She serves the best interests of people who are involved in legal issues related to:

·       Taxation, including representing individual and business clients before the IRS and other taxing authorities

·       Business and corporate law, involving the formation of entities such as LLPs, corporations, business trusts and more

·       Estate, probate and trust administration, including those related to gift tax liabilities and business succession planning 

After receiving her graduate degree in 1988 from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Ms. Pace attended New York University to pursue her LL.M. degree. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. The accomplishments of Ms. Pace have earned her an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating. She was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2016 to 2021.

She stays involved in her legal community and maintains active membership in the Alameda County Bar Association and The State Bar of California – Tax Practice, and Estates and Trusts Section. She is a board member of the East Bay Estate Planning Council and a past board president of the Girls Inc. of Alameda County, among her other professional affiliations.

Admitted to practice in the state of California, Ms. Pace also has experience serving as an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University School of Law, where she taught graduate law students. She is a regular speaker at many forums on interesting topics associated with her field.                           

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Business

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Tax Law, Trusts, Wills

  • 90% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10% Tax: Business

First Admitted: 1988, California

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Educational Background:
  • B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1985
  • LL.M., New York University, 1989
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • How Critical Changes in the Law Impact Your Legacy, RINA and FABLaw, Berkeley, June 7, 2012
  • How to Avoid Litigation, September 17, 2004
  • Best Practices for Accepting and Administering Philanthropic Gifts, November 4, 2004
  • Understanding and Complying with the Non-profit Integrity Act, December 7, 2004
  • How to Grow Your Business Safely and Avoid Litigation, February 22, 2006
  • Wealth for Good, Wealth for Generations, May 31, 2007
  • Estate Planning for the Blended Family, California Continuing Education of the Bar, (Sacramento, 2008 and San Francisco, 2008, 2010) and East Bay Community Foundation, (Oakland, 2009, 2011)
  • Estate Planning in 2010 and Beyond: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same, Financial Planning Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, October 5, 2010
  • Co-Panelist, “The End as You Know It — Death or Retirement”, American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, 35th Annual Symposium, Sonoma, California, May 13, 2011
  • Estate Planning for the Blended Family, East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, June 14, 2011
  • Estate Planning for Second Marriages and Blended Families, Strafford Publications Webinar, August 31, 2011
  • The End As You Know It—Death or Retirement, Alameda County Bar Association, Oakland, September 27, 2011
  • Estate and Fiduciary Income Taxes, Trust Administration Boot Camp, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, November 15, 2011
  • Portability: What You Need to Know, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, January 11, 2012
  • Named, Best Lawyers in America© - Tax Law, Best Lawyers, 2016-2019
  • Named, Northern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2007-2020
  • Awarded, AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5) peer-review rated, Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Awarded, AV® Preeminent™ Attorney - Judicial Edition, Martindale-Hubbell™, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board Member, East Bay Estate Planning Council, 2010-present
  • Member, Tax Practice, and Estates and Trusts Section, State Bar of California, 1989-present
  • Member, Estates and Trusts Section, Alameda County Bar Association, 1989-present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board President, Alameda County, Girl's Inc., 2009-2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, 2005-present
  • Board Member, Alameda County, Girl's Inc., 2006-present
  • National Board of Directors, Girl's Inc., 2015-present
  • Executive Board, Children's Health Council, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA, 2014-present

Office location for Kristin A. Pace

1999 Harrison Street
26th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-451-3300


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

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