Gary D. Rothstein


San Francisco

415.772.9631 | 310.858.7888

Gary Rothstein is a shareholder in the Firm’s Trust & Estates group.

Gary’s practice has focused on trust administration, probate matters, and estate planning since 1993. A significant portion of his practice consists of representing corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of trust administration, ranging from initial funding of trusts to representing clients in Probate Court, in connection with disputes between fiduciaries, beneficiaries and creditors. Gary counsels numerous fiduciaries, beneficiaries and creditors through all phases of contested and uncontested probate and trust administration proceedings in Northern and Southern California Probate Courts, including prosecution of will and trust contests, and preparation and arguing of petitions for instructions, petitions for construction of trusts, and petitions for termination of trusts.

Another substantial portion of Gary’s practice consists of representing and advising individuals and families with respect to their Estate Planning. Gary counsels clients in connection with estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax issues relevant to advanced estate planning techniques, such as revocable and irrevocable trusts, GRAT’s, defective grantor trusts, family limited partnerships, charitable giving vehicles, QPRT’s, and life insurance trusts.

Gary gives presentations to numerous banks, trust companies, and professional associations with respect to risk management issues relevant to trust and estate administration. He also gives legal professionals and prospective donors presentations to non-profit organizations pertaining to Trust & Estate administration and Estate Planning issues.

Gary was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America ® for 2016-2021 in the area of Trust and Estates Litigation.


  • Speaker, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: A Fiduciary’s Guide to Attorney-Client Privilege”, Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Annual Conference, May 2, 2019
  • Speaker, “Managing Risk: How to Protect Yourself in a Post-Giraldin World,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California, June 19, 2015
  • Panel Member, “Trust and Estates 101: Trust and Estates Start to Finish”, Pincus Professional Education, August 1, 2014
  • Speaker, “Performing Due Diligence In New Trust Intake,” Southern California Trust Officers Association, May 5, 2011
  • Speaker, “Federal Estate Tax Repeal – Congress Allows the Estate Tax to Disappear Into the Sunset (At Least Temporarily), “ Los Angeles Estate Counselors Forum, February 18, 2010
  • Speaker, “California’s New No Contest Clause Rules,” Marin Professional Legal and Tax Subcommittee of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, May 12, 2009
  • Speaker, “California’s New No Contest Clause Rules,” Marin Professional Legal and Tax Subcommittee of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, May 12, 2009
  • Speaker, “California’s New No Contest Clause Rules,” Peninsula Professional Advisor Committee of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, March 16, 2009
  • Speaker, “California’s New No Contest Clause Rules,” San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, February 4, 2009

San Francisco Estate Planning Counsel

San Francisco Professional Subcommittee of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Northern California Division
Past Planned Giving Committee Member


Best Lawyers in America ® 2016-2021, Litigation – Trust and Estates

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2021, 2023

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1983

B.A., with honors, San Diego State University, 1979

Weintraub Attorneys Present at 29th Annual PFAC Educational Conference

Weintraub Tobin attorneys Gary Rothstein, Kelly Dankbar, and Evan Winet will present at the 29th Annual PFAC Educational Conference in San Diego, CA. The conference, which is held May 15-18, 2024, provides comprehensive education for professional fiduciaries. The presentation from Weintraub’s Trusts & Estates Group, titled “Maintaining Balance on A…

  • When: May 16, 2024
  • Where: Town & Country Resort, San Diego, CA

Gary D. Rothstein Presents For Bank of America Trust Services

On October 18th, Weintraub shareholder Gary D. Rothstein presented Performing Due Diligence in New Trust Intake for Bank of America Trust Services, where he examined various types of provisions in a trust document to be reviewed by prospective trustees and discussed other factors worth considering, such as family/beneficiary factors, and…

35 Weintraub Attorneys Named to 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists; Firm Retains Highest Percentage of Sacramento Top 25 List

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that 38 of its attorneys have been included on the 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys in Northern California.  In addition, 4 Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition on Northern California and Sacramento “Top” lists. Weintraub attorneys represent 16 percent…

Nine Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers In America© 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – August 15, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nine partners who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2017 list. David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law & Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Dale Campbell, Sacramento, Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial LitigationChris Chediak, Sacramento, Corporate LawJim Clarke, Sacramento,…

Weintraub Tobin Elevates Two to Shareholder

SACRAMENTO (July 6, 2016) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Shauna N. Correia and Gary D. Rothstein have been promoted to shareholder. The attorney group represents clients in a range of practice areas and industry sectors. Shauna Correia is a shareholder in…