Jay co-founded O’Neil & Rueppel, LLP in 2009. Originally focusing its practice on real estate, corporate law, and trust and estates, the firm has consistently narrowed its focus. Now, 90% or more of the firm’s work lies in the area of trusts and probate. Jay’s mission is to provide effective guidance to his clients as they navigate the complicated map of estate planning and trust and estate administration.
The primary focus of Jay’s work is in trust and probate administration and estate planning. Jay has a deep and abiding passion to educate his clients about the law, to advise his clients on the best way of reaching their goals, and to protect them from the two great risks of outside interference and mistaken choices and judgments.
Jay has helped hundreds of clients plan their estates and manage the transfer of a loved-one’s property after their death. Jay has helped his clients administer millions of dollars of inherited assets through the trust and probate process, saving families from suffering delay and heartache. Jay has raised the bar in his field.
Jay has presented his understanding of trust and probate law at various groups, medical and religious organizations, and in other venues. He graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in San Francisco, California. While in law school, James served as an extern for the Honorable A. James Robertson II in the civil division of San Francisco Superior Court. James was a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and served as the Technical Editor for the University of San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. As an advocate on USF’s Advanced Moot Court Teams, James won Second Place Oralist at the West Coast, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
Jay lives in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park with his wife, Angel, and their three children. Besides practicing the law, Jay brews beer, plays bluegrass music, and enjoys watching Game of Thrones on HBO.