Estate Planning, Trusts
And Probate

Real Estate Transactions


Michelle C. Lerman




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Michelle Lerman's clients think of her as the "attorney with a heart." Her colleagues think of her as a mentor and leader in the Estate Planning legal community. A frequent guest on radio and TV, Michelle is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She represents clients across California to create custom Estate Plans for the unique needs of individuals and families. She also handles estates in Probate Court and assists in the administration of trusts after a death.

Michelle obtained her Degree of Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California. She co-founded Lerman Law Partners LLP with her husband Jeffrey H. Lerman, to create a firm known as the "Real Estate Investor's Lawyers," going beyond estate planning to assist clients with real estate transactions, syndication, asset protection, loan workouts, litigation, and business succession. She continues to work with Lerman Law Partners, LLP in tandem with joining CunninghamLegal as Of Counsel.

As a testament to Michelle's passion for the law and her commitment to her clients, she was named a Top Attorney and received the Top Women Attorneys award in Northern California, by San Francisco Magazine, including in 2013, 2017, 2018. 2019, 2020, and 2021. Michelle was also voted "#1 Favorite Lawyer for Marin and Sonoma Counties" by the "J." Newspaper Readers' Poll in 2007. Her legal expertise has consistently earned her a place among the top 5% of lawyers in the state, as she was selected for inclusion in the 2009, 2010, and 2017-2023 California Super Lawyers publication. As a recognized leader, she has served as the past president of the Estate Planning Section of the Marin County Bar Association. She is also the co-founder of the Estate Planning Section Mentor Group, a monthly meeting of estate planning professionals.

In 2018, Michelle released the Third Edition of her book, Create Your Best Legacy: What Every Homeowner, Real Estate Investor and Parent Must Know About Estate Planning, Living Trusts and Probate to continuing rave reviews.

Michelle graduated with a Degree of Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, and received her Degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, where she received an AmJur Award. She has been a member of the California Bar since 1983.

Her commitment to excellence and to her clients has earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers, and she continues to make significant contributions to the legal profession. If you're looking for a compassionate and experienced attorney to help you create a solid and savvy estate plan, Michelle is a top choice.

Contact Us Today
Michelle C. Lerman and our full team of attorneys can help you with advanced Estate, Trust, and Tax Planning from any of our offices throughout Northern and Southern California. We offer in-person, phone, and Zoom appointments. We invite you to reach out with any questions or needs at 415-448-7778 or 866-671-5902 or request a call by using the form on this page.

At CunninghamLegal, we guide savvy, caring families in the protection and transfer of multi-generational wealth.

Areas Of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1983
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Honors: magna cum laude


  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2010, 2017 - 2022
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