John co-founded O’Neil & Rueppel, LLP in 2009. Since then, the firm has consistently narrowed its focus so that now more than 90% or more of the firm’s work involves trusts and probate. John’s mission is to provide clear, effective advice and determined representation to his clients.
John is an experienced probate attorney, with a primary focus is in trust and estates litigation. John’s passion is for protecting elders and beneficiaries in danger of losing their assets or inheritances. John has obtained six and seven figure settlements for his clients in affirmative suits. He has also represented trustees and executors involved in property disputes, will contests, trust contests, and other forms of estate litigation. John’s track record is impeccable.
- In the Matter of The Estate of Ruby Lee Twine - San Francisco: represented executor in probate litigation over assets of her mother’s estate. Confirmed estate’s 50% interest in valuable San Francisco real estate worth over $1,200,000
- In the Matter of the Lewis Family Decedent’s Trust – Marin: reclaimed trusteeship over usurped irrevocable trust and recovered over $500,000 in trust assets from wrongful trustee.
- In the Matter of the Ernesto Moi Revocable Trust – San Francisco: defended trust contest against accusations of elder abuse and undue influence; obtained over 60% interest in $2,300,000 trust for clients.
- In the Matter of the Kenneth Charles Moore Trust – obtained over $600,000 recovery for spouse omitted from husband’s self-drafted estate planning documents, including their personal residence.
John has presented his understanding of trust and probate law at various groups, medical and religious organizations, and in other venues. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. The honor of magna cum laude is granted to those students whose GPA was in the top 10% of the graduating class. He was also a founding member and comments editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. Before law school, he worked as an educator and writer.
John lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons. Apart from his passion for the practice of law, John meditates, runs, and enjoys white-water rafting in Utah.