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Michael A. Hackard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Hackard Law
10630 Mather Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95655
Phone: 916-374-6723
Fax: 916-226-5177
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation (60%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Insurance Coverage (10%)
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Attorney Profile

The founder of Hackard Law, Michael A. Hackard focuses his practice on civil litigation. His firm is located in Mather, California, and he represents clients in Sacramento County and throughout the state. Born and raised in Sacramento, Mr. Hackard attended California State University, Sacramento, where he majored in political science and history and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He then enrolled at the University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1976. Mr. Hackard has since supplemented his business knowledge by taking executive-level courses at several institutions, including The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

A significant portion of Mr. Hackard’s practice consists of trust and estate litigation. In this regard, he has represented heirs, beneficiaries and fiduciaries in will contests and other challenges to estate plan documents. Many of his clients live outside of California and rely on him to protect their interests under California state law. Some of the other related matters that Mr. Hackard has worked on have included trust accountings and the removal of trustees and executors due to fiduciary duty breaches.

Mr. Hackard also has a personal injury and wrongful death litigation practice, where he assists people who have been harmed due to the negligence of other parties in cases involving motor vehicle crashes or workplace accidents, and he has obtained significant amounts of compensation on their behalf. Highly regarded by his colleagues, he holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Hackard is admitted to practice in California as well as before several federal trial and appellate courts.

*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
  • 60%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Insurance

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2021

About Michael A. Hackard

First Admitted: 1976

Professional Webpage: https://www.hackardlaw.com/about/michael-a-hackard/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Advice to a Weary Litigant: The Role of Special Settlement Counsel, Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation, October 16, 2012

Honors/Awards

  • Ranked AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Michael A. Hackard has been voted by his peers to be a member of Northern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, 2015
  • 10.0 Rating – 'Superb' by Avvo
  • Interviewed in Media, C-SPAN, Fox News – Neil Cavuto and The Wall Street Journal

Educational Background

  • Executive-Level Business Leadership Programs at Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Northwest University's Kellogg School of Management
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A. Bachelor of Arts, 1972

Bar/Professional Activity

  • US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit from 1985
  • Eastern District of California from 1976
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2012
  • California State Bar since 1976 (State Bar #71067)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento
  • Michael A. Hackard Private Law Firm Practice – Various Law Firms, Lawyer, 1976-2009
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Loretto High School, Sacramento, California
  • Member, United States Electoral College, California, 1992
  • Chairman, "Preserving Our Past ... Building Our Future Campaign, Diocese of Sacramento, 2006
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Jesuit High School, Carmichael, California 
  • Former Member, Sacramento County Civil Service Commission, 1978
  • Former Member, Sacramento Diocesan Finance Council.
  • Hackard Law Corporation, Senior Partner, 2009 - Present
  • Former Member, Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission, 1980

Representative Clients

  • Clients include beneficiaries and heirs off disputed Wills and Trusts. Clients also include those suffering from financial elder abuse and elder abuse. Michael A. Hackard also represents families of victims of wrongful death as well as individuals filing personal injury actions. Michael is often called upon to advise in and litigate complex business cases, 2015

Videos

  • Woody Allen says, "Showing up is 80 percent of life." He also said that once you start your project, “you are half way towards something good happening.” Now I can’t say that I view Woody Allen as an exemplar of great wisdom, but he really has a good point when it comes to showing up. I think that my mother actually taught me this lesson at a young age. In forty years of practicing law, I’ve had to show up at a lot of events, hearings, and meetings. I’ve traveled the country – appeared in court in eleven different states and personally met with associated lawyers in four foreign countries on their home turf. At one time, we had clients in thirty-one states and I visited all of those states. I knew that showing up is 80% of success, even before Wood Allen took credit for it. Showing up is really about the power of presence. There is nothing like being able to look another person in the eye – even if the person is an adversary. Meeting in person allows us to take measure of each other, and more often than not, it makes further communication easier... Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2016/09/the-power-of-presence-sacramento-ca-estate-trust-attorney.shtml, The Power of Presence, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Super Lawyer, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Beneficiaries
  • Elders
  • Estates
  • Heirs
  • Injured Plaintiffs
  • Plaintiffs
  • Seniors
  • Sexual Abuse Victims
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trustees
  • Trusts
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Office Location for Michael A. Hackard

10630 Mather Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95655

Phone: 916-374-6723

Fax: 916-226-5177

Last Updated: 7/26/2021

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