Attorney Stephen M. Magro
Stephen M. Magro is a probate attorney who has established himself as a noted authority in the area of trusts and estates, bringing three decades of analytic skills and litigation experience forged by years of education and practice.
He has acquired a vast knowledge of Southern California, and has developed contacts in law, business and government throughout the region. Mr. Magro has been recognized not only for his legal advocacy but also his high-level of ethical and professional standing.
Mr. Magro received his law degree from the University of Southern California, where he was a Major Tax Planning Journal Staff Editor and Computer Law Journal Staff Editor. He graduated in the top 25 percent of his class.
He was admitted to the California Bar in 1987, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court, Central District of California in 1987, the United States Tax Court in 1989 and the United States District Court, Northern District of California in 1993.
Prior to law school, Mr. Magro received a masters of business administration and undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine.
After seven years of estate planning and probate and corporate transactional practice, he started his private law practice in 1994. His practice consists primarily of probate, trust and estate litigation and disputes, decedent’s estate and trust administration, conservatorship and guardianship practice.
Mr. Magro has successfully represented clients in more than 140 litigated trust and estate disputes and will contests, 120 trust administrations, 95 probate estate administrations, 40 conservatorship litigation matters and contested conservatorships and 70 non-contested conservatorship matters.
Since 1992, he has represented eight private professional fiduciaries and three trust companies, and he has served as an expert witness on litigated matters.
Through regular speaking engagements, Mr. Magro devotes time to educating the community and his colleagues on probate court litigation, conservatorships and related matters. He has shared his estate planning expertise with the Orange County Bar Association and the Long Beach Bar Association.
Attorney Andrew Kemper
Andrew Kemper is an attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen M. Magro. He received his law degree at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he served as Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review and Research Editor for the UC Davis Law School Journal of International Law and Policy. He was admitted to the California Bar in 2016.
Mr. Kemper began his legal career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Antelope Valley Branch, working as a law clerk providing extensive legal research for deputy district attorneys and assisting in trial preparation.
His experience includes assisting California state prisoners in accessing legal resources and meeting parole criteria at the UC Davis Prison Law Clinic and he also served as a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Antelope Valley Branch where he worked on preliminary hearings, motion drafting, trial preparation and legal research.
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Stephen M. Magro , Mr. Kemper worked as a volunteer attorney at the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, handling jury trials, case preparation, motion drafting and arguing, preliminary hearings and legal research.
At the University of California, Davis School of Law, Mr. Kemper received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Criminal Procedure and was honored with the Public Service Certificate.
He received his undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Mr. Kemper also has volunteered with various organizations, including the First Congregational Church of Long Beach Homeless Shelter and a Habitat for Humanity project in New Orleans, and he is proficient in Spanish.