Mary M. Rudser

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Oakland, California

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
Mary M. Rudser
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1985

Education: Boston College Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

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


Mary M. Rudser is an attorney with the Donahue Fitzgerald LLP law firm, which has offices located throughout the greater San Francisco Bay area as well as Los Angeles. A partner of the firm, Ms. Rudser represents the needs and interests of a diverse range of clients in the Oakland and San Francisco regions who have legal needs involving estate planning, trust administration, probate, estate tax law, business succession and other similar matters.

Nationally recognized as one of the country's leading attorneys in her practice areas, Ms. Rudser has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as numerous other accolades from her peers. In 2015, Girls, Inc., named her as a Leader of Distinction, and she has received many positive reviews and testimonials from her satisfied clients.

Through her practice, Ms. Rudser advises her clients on the most effective ways to protect their assets and to preserve the bulk of their wealth for future generations. She has extensive knowledge of tax law. Along with handling all aspects of estate and trust planning and administration, Ms. Rudser has served as a guardian ad litem for minors as well as conservatees.

A graduate of Carleton College, Ms. Rudser received her master's in library science from the University of Maryland. She obtained her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Boston College Law School, and holds an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. She is licensed to practice in New York and California as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Tax Court.

A leader in her field, Ms. Rudser served as chair of the Alameda County Bar Association's Trusts & Estates Section. In addition, Ms. Rudser is an active member of the East Bay Tax Club.

Committed to her local community as well, Ms. Rudser has served as president, board member and board of trustees' member of the Rotary Club of Oakland, is a former board member of the Peralta Colleges Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the Alameda Health System Foundation.

 *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

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Trusts

  • 100% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • Carleton College, B.A.
  • University of Maryland, M.L.S.
  • New York University, LL.M., in Taxation
  • Leader of Distinction, Girls Inc., 2015
  • Named, Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, annually since 2005
  • Awarded, AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5) peer-review rated, Martindale-Hubbell™
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, Alameda Health System Foundation
  • Former Board Member, Peralta Colleges Foundation
  • Member, Former President (2009-2010), Former Board Member, and Former Board of Trustee Member, Rotary Club of Oakland
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, East Bay Tax Club
  • Two-Term Member, Board of Directors, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Trust Committee, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Trusts & Estates Section, Alameda County Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of New York

Office location for Mary M. Rudser

1999 Harrison Street
26th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-451-3300


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

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