Stanford University School of Law, J.D, 1983. University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.(Fine Arts), 1979, Magna Cum Laude.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Sections: Real Estate, Law Practice Management Chair, Provisional Remedies Executive Committee Financial Attorneys Conference Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum California Bankruptcy Forum American Business Trial Attorneys Association Womens Professional Organization Vistage
Ellen Kaufman Wolf is the founder of Wolf Group L.A., a business law boutique in areas including creditors’ rights, business, real estate and trust/probate. Ms. Wolf’s practice has emphasized creditors’ rights, including pre-judgment, post-judgment and post-mortem enforcement of debts, for nearly thirty years, since leaving Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as a young lawyer. Creditors’ rights matters in probate and trust raise many special issues, both procedural and in the inter-personal dynamic that is often presented. Life insurance issues also are not infrequently in play in Ms. Wolf’s cases, involving such issues as questioned documents or imposition of constructive trust on the policy proceeds. Ms. Wolf has a proven ability to navigate such disputes, and also to handle and negotiate the difficult inter-family and/or partnership dynamics that occur; Ms. Wolf has helped to restructure a number of partnerships and high net worth families to resolve such disputes. Ms. Wolf represented the palimony claimant in the case of McMackin v. Ehrheart, 194 Cal. App. 4th 128, 122 Cal. Rptr. 3d 902 (2011), discussed in this program, establishing an estoppel exception to the one-year statute of limitations for creditors’ claims in Probate. Ms. Wolf is the current Vice President of the LACBA Remedies Section Executive Committee, a frequent article writer and speaker, most recently presenting a well-received LACBA program called “Negotiation and Ethics 101 (Truth or Consequences): Tips, Techniques and Ethics for Lawyers.”