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Michele A. Tutoli

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Diego, CA

Armstrong Fisch & Tutoli
6050 Santo Road, Suite 240
San Diego, CA 92124
Phone: 858-453-0626
Fax: 858-874-0510
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2019 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1988
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michele A. Tutoli is the managing partner of the Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli law firm in San Diego, California. Board-certified as an Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Tutoli has more than 41 years of legal experience. She provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout the San Diego Metro and surrounding areas of Southern California who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Estate planning

· Financial planning assistance

· Incapacity planning

· IRA and retirement planning

· Legacy planning

· Asset protection and business planning

· Estate and gift tax figures

· Family-owned businesses and farms

· LGBTQ estate planning

· Special needs planning

· Trust administration and probate

In addition to her certification as an estate planning specialist, Ms. Tutoli also holds her certification as a Financial Planning Professional and Registered Financial Consultant. Drawing upon her extensive legal knowledge and experience, she delivers highly effective counsel and customized solutions for her clients to help them obtain the goals they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. She has earned numerous awards and honors for her impeccable professionalism and service.

Among her most notable accolades, Ms. Tutoli has received consistent designation from San Diego Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager along with other top attorney designations from her peers. She has also received excellent client reviews on Avvo as well as many positive testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients. Ms. Tutoli is also a Fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

After completing her undergraduate work at George Washington University, Georgetown University and the American College in Paris, Ms. Tutoli obtained her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1978. She holds her license to practice in New York, New Jersey, and California as well as before the U.S. Tax Court.

Throughout her legal career, Ms. Tutoli has maintained active involvement in her legal community, and she is a member of The State Bar of California's Taxation Section, the North County Bar Association and the North County Estate Planning Council. She has also served as a consultant with the UCSD Financial Institution Management program, and she has served on a number of committees with the American Bar Association.

Moreover, Ms. Tutoli has conducted lectures and seminars with the San Diego Adult Education Program at MiraCosta College along with other professional business and legal organizations. She has also appeared on local television news outlets, where she has provided in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics. Ms. Tutoli also serves on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center, and she is the current president of the Olivenhain Town Council and member and former chair of her local Community Advisory Board.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Estate Planning & Probate


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2019 - 2022

About Michele A. Tutoli

First Admitted: 1979, New York

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Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, Washington
  • American College, Paris
  • George Washington University

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Chairman/Member, Local Community Advisory Board
  • President, Olivenhain Town Council
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Women’s Resource Center

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Speaker, The San Diego Adult Education Program, Mira Costa College

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Financial Planning© Professional and Registered Financial Consultant
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Investments by Fiduciaries Committee; Financial Planning Committee; Ethics and Insurance Committee; ABA’s Legal Financial Planning Committee, American Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  •  American Bar Association
  • Member, North County Estate Planning Council; North County Bar Association; Taxation Section of the California Bar Association


  • Fellow, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
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Office Location for Michele A. Tutoli

6050 Santo Road
Suite 240
San Diego, CA 92124

Phone: 858-453-0626

Fax: 858-874-0510

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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