Tara Burd

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in San Diego, California

Klinedinst PC
Tara Burd
Klinedinst PC

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 2011

Education: California Western School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

Klinedinst PC

501 W. Broadway
Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website


A board-certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Tara Burd is a shareholder at Klinedinst PC in San Diego, California. Her extensive skill in probate and trust litigation, coupled with her bespoke focus on complex trust litigation, estate planning to avoid probate, probate administration and professional liability defense, has equipped her with the knowledge essential to excel in her field. She is a regular practitioner in both civil and probate court systems, with an adept familiarity with the intricacies of each.

Ms. Burd's career has spanned many complex legal matters, ranging from Marvin actions, community property disputes, employment disputes, property disputes, antitrust cases, mass torts, civil rights cases and breach of contract issues. Her vast experience has endowed her with the dexterity to manage intricate and multifaceted affairs across multiple jurisdictions effectively. Additionally, she is well-versed in advising trustees on complex administration matters or disputes and is known for her innovative and pre-emptive strategies in mitigating or even eliminating potential litigation risks.

After completing her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University in 2005, Ms. Burd earned her J.D. cum laude (2010) in criminal prosecution and defense practice from California Western School of Law. While at law school, she was awarded the Trustees Scholarship and became a Pro Bono Honors Society member. Additionally, she has been honored with the AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Adding to her impressive credentials, in 2018, she was duly recognized as a recipient of the Reisman Award by Clio. 

Ms. Burd actively participates in the community, notably chairing the California Lawyers Association (CLA) and representing the Real Property Law Section. Her commitment to CLA extends to serving on the Health and Wellness, and Membership committees as well as leading the CLA's Online Research and Publication Services Committee. Under her guidance, the committee tested and showcased cloud-based products as a member benefit. 

In recognition of her capability, Ms. Burd was appointed in 2018 to The State Bar of California's Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS). As part of this group, she is tasked with the vital work of reevaluating the rules and laws that govern the practice of law to increase access to justice through technology and innovation.

At the local level, Ms. Burd has served as the former president of the Irish American Bar Association, and she is an active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the Probate Attorneys of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association. In addition to her professional pursuits, she has also generously given her time as a volunteer judge for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for four consecutive years, from 2016 to 2019. 

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Will Contests

  • 40% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 40% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 2011, California

Professional Webpage: https://klinedinstlaw.com/profiles/attorney/tara-burd

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Chair of California Lawyers Association Board of Representatives, 2023
  • Chair of the California Lawyers Association Membership Engagement Committee., 2021
  • Vice Chair of the California Lawyers Association Board of Representatives., 2022
  • Real Property Law Section Representative on the California Lawyers Association's Board of Representatives., 2020
  • Communications and Marketing Transitions Committee for the State Bar to new Association., 2017
  • Vice President of the Irish American Bar Association of San Diego., 2017
  • Executive Committee of Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar, 2017
Educational Background:
  • San Diego State University (B.S., 2005)
  • California Western School of Law Scholarship Recipient., Trustees Scholarship, CWSL Board of Trustees, 2008
  • Reisman Award for Best Growth Story, https://www.clio.com/the-reismans/winners/, 2018
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America®, Best Lawyers in America®, 2022
  • 2015 Women Who Mean Business Nominee., Women Who Mean Business Nominee, San Diego Business Journal, 2015
  • Top 100 finalist for the Business Women of the Year Award, San Diego Business Journal, 2017
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $5.72 Million judgment in breach of contract to make a will action., 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California, 2022

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Tara Burd is the finest probate litigation attorney I know. She exudes confidence and advocates on behalf of her clients with unrivaled tenacity.”

“I have referred several clients to Tara for assistance on probate litigation matters. Tara provides exceptional legal services. She is well connected with the Probate bar at both the local and state levels, and she has excellent research and writing skills. She is a future leader of the San Diego probate litigation attorney community.”

“Tara is a pleasure to work with. She is professional and highly skilled at probate litigation matters. Clients that I have referred to her sing her praises.”

“Tara is an engaging personality with endless drive in her career. She is a leader, is engaging, friendly, and is loved by her clients.”

“Tara Burd is of-counsel to my firm and has worked with me in several litigations. In each matter, she has provided very skillful work and has been dependable, astute, and practical. She cares deeply about her cases, obtains good results, displays superb judgment, and clearly enjoys being a litigator. Above all, she has an innate sense of fairness that serves her very well in our profession. I highly recommend her.”

Office location for Tara Burd

501 W. Broadway
Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-400-8000


3 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

Certificates and credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
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