Maria I. Lawless brings over two decades of trust, estate and general civil litigation experience to Evans, Latham & Campisi.  She has litigated scores of contested will and trust matters, routinely initiates and litigates conservatorships and guardianships, and has become increasingly involved in the litigation of financial elder abuse and abuse of dependent adult claims. Additionally, Ms. Lawless provides general counsel in all areas pertaining to trust actions, will contests and fiduciary claims. She considers trust and estate litigation to be an expanding field in need of the highest quality legal representation, especially in light of the difficult interpersonal issues surrounding family disputes and the need to adequately protect the elderly and disabled.

Prior to joining the practice, Ms. Lawless was a partner at Lee, Lawless and Blyth in Oakland where she focused on trust and estate litigation and financial elder abuse.

Ms. Lawless has been named by California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California from 2011 through 2014,  and as one of the top female trust estate litigators of Northern California for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Additionally, she is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest available peer-rating. She is President of the Board of Directors for Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland, California, a member of the Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco Bar Associations as well as the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, of which she is a former board member. Ms. Lawless was a featured speaker at the 7th and 8th Annual Conferences on Elder Abuse held in San Francisco in May 2012 and 2013 and at the CEB seminar on Estate Litigation in December 2012. Ms. Lawless is the author of the article “Resolving Title Differences” in CEB’s California Trust and Probate Litigation.  Ms. Lawless has also served as a mediator on the San Francisco Superior Probate Court Mediation Panel for over ten years.

Ms. Lawless graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Government in 1986. She received her Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law in 1990 where she was a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board. She has also studied internationally in Austria, Poland and Germany and speaks fluent German. As a young student, she researched discrimination cases for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and served as an intern for UNIDA at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Lawless resides in Walnut Creek with her family, continues to enjoy international travel and is an avid hiking enthusiast.