Michael A. Hackard


Sacramento CA Trust Litigation Attorney


Sobre Michael A. Hackard

Michael Hackard heads Hackard Law, an estate, trust and probate law firm in Sacramento, CA. A veteran of the legal field with 40 years' experience, Michael Hackard is devoted to protecting his clients. Michael A. Hackard has practiced law for over 40 years. His practice includes Trust Litigation, Personal Injury – Plaintiff, Wrongful Death – Plaintiff, Estate Planning and Business and Commercial Matters. Michael regularly represents clients in California and federal courts and his experience has also included representing clients before federal, state and local legislative and administrative bodies. Michael is a native of Sacramento, California. His practice includes the representation of out-of-state clients in California related legal matters. Michael is committed to lifelong learning and this learning has included executive-level courses at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Columbia Business School and Northwest University’s Kellogg School of Management. Michael is dedicated to his clients. His experience teaches him that litigation clients first seek counsel that will listen and be committed to them. This commitment included an understanding that the client’s personal and/or financial safety is often paramount coupled with the need for real time efforts to prevent disputed matters from getting worse. Michael’s general philosophy includes dedication to clients, legal excellence, a serious commitment to professional ethics, the finest ongoing professional training, and unashamedly applying important beliefs, ethics and values. He is proud to lead legal teams that reflect these values. Michael Hackard is a top rated “AV” for over 20 years (“AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”). Avvo also ranks him with their highest rating – “ 10.0 Rating – ‘Superb.’” Michael is also a “SuperLawyer” – an honor reserved for no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. BAR ADMISSIONS: California, 1976 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985 U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1976 EDUCATION: McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1976 California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1972 Major: Government, History, Sociology PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS: State Bar of California, Member, 1976 - Present Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, 2012 - Present Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, Advisory Board Member, 2017 - Present PUBLICATIONS: - Sacramento Bee (Wannakuwatte Guilty; Community Endangered by $150 Million Ponzi) 2014 - Sacramento Bee (Solutions to Insurance "No Pay" Injustice, Says Hackard Law) 2014 - Sacramento Bee (Families Must Hold Financial Elder Abusers Accountable, Says Hackard Law) 2014 - San Francisco Business Times (Surviving the Great Recession: Key Lessons for Business Owners) 2014 - Sacramento Business Journal (Try the Lie: Bring Financial Abusers to Justice, Says Hackard Law) 2014 - Sacramento Bee (Speak Out Against Elder Abuse, Says Hackard Law) 2014 - Sacramento Business Journal (Estate Fights: Freeze-Outs and Squeeze-Outs) 2014 - Grief & Loss Attorneys (Michael Hackard Awarded Super Lawyer Status) 2014 - Sacramento Business Journal (Estate Litigation: Family Feud Meets Gladiator) 2014 - Sacramento Bee (Medical Glove Company’s $125 Million Secrets Unfolding, Says Hackard Law) 2014 - Sacramento Business Journal (Some Banks Go Too Far in Lawsuits Against Guarantors, Says Hackard Law) 2013 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Tales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: The Speakers' Bureau) 2013 - Sacramento Business Journal (Northern California Trust Lawsuits: Seeking a Better Outcome) 2013 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Tales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: Through a Glass Darkly) 2013 - Anchorage Press (Indicted Scammers Were Accused of Stalking) 2013 - Sacramento Bee (SCI Liquidating Trustee Files Adversary Clawback Lawsuit Against 114 Defendants, Says Hackard Law) 2013 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away) 2013 - Grief & Loss Attorneys (Loss of Moral Support: The Death of JFK) 2013 - Grief & Loss Attorneys (Lost Love in Wrongful Death Cases) 2013 - Market Watch The Wall Street Journal (Predictable Surprises: Overcoming No-Contest Clauses in Will and Trust Litigation) 2013 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Tales from a (Once) Youthful Lawyer: Taken to School) 2013 - Bella Institute [SBA Shuts Down EDF Resource Capital: Important Lessons for Guarantors (Long Version)] 2013 - San Francisco Business Times (SBA Shuts Down EDF Resource Capital: Important Lessons for Guarantors) 2013 - Guarantors Defense Law (Credibility Counts) 2013 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Contingency Fees, Adversary Claims and Ponzi Cases) 2013 - Guarantors Defense Law (Litigation: The Battle Plan) 2013 - San Francisco Business Times (Avoidance Actions Against Investors in Ponzi Schemes: The Fundamentals Revisited) 2013 - San Francisco Business Times (Northern California Trust Litigation is Expanding, Says Hackard Law) 2013 - San Francisco Business Times (California Employers Face Huge Attorney Fee Awards in Wage Nonpayment Claims, Says Hackard Law) 2013 - Sacramento Bee (California Parents Can Be Civilly Liable for Their Child's Bullying) 2013 - Sacramento Business Journal (Sacramento Region Experiences Increasing Trust and Estate Litigation) 2013 - Reuters (How Common is Hidden Euthanasia?) 2013 - Bella Institute (The Lawyer as Storyteller) 2012 - California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation (Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: Improving Financial Longevity) 2012 - Market Watch The Wall Street Journal (Hackard Law Defends Over Half of Investor Defendants in Clawback Lawsuits Filed in Accused Ponzi Schemer Vincent Singh's $20 Million Bankruptcy) 2012 - Bella Institute (Advice To A Weary Litigant) 2012 - Ponzi Clawbacks (A Lawyer's Take on Lincoln, Les Miserables and the Better Angels of Our Nature) 2012 - California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation [Removing a California Trustee: Don't go away mad (just go away)] 2012 - California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation (Constructive Trust Actions: Rounding Up Wrongfully Taken Assets) 2012 - Bella Institute (Ponzi Schemes and Clawbacks) 2012 - Sacramento Bee (Ponzi Scheme, Bankruptcy Collide in Sacramento Courts) 2012 - California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation (5 Tips for Aspiring and Accomplished Lawyers) 2012 - Bella Institute (The $5 Million-Dollar Year) 2012 - Bella Institute (Nicknames) 2012 - Forbes (Ponzi Scheme Victims May Owe Triple Damages For Usury In Clawback Lawsuits - A New Tool In Ponzi Scheme Litigation?) 2012 - Ponzi Clawbacks (Clawbacks: A Visual Timeline) 2012 - ABA Journal Law News Now (Lender Forecloses on NBA Player’s Home; Despite $10M Contract, He Likely Won’t Owe for Deficiency) 2011 - Sacramento Business Journal [State workers sue CalPERS directors, Medco (by Kathy Robertson)] 2011 - Fox Business [NBA Star Defaults on $1.5M Mortgage (by Matt Egan)] 2010 - Aol News (Kevin Martin Defaults on Mortgage for California Home) 2010 - Builder [Banker Backlash: A California Builder Sues After His Lender Pulls The Plug (by Pat Curry)] 2008 - The Wall Street Journal Builders [Sue Banks That Pull Financing As Construction Projects Lie Unfinished (by Michael Corkery)] 2008 AWARDS: Super Lawyer (Super Lawyers) 2015 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated (Martindale-Hubbell) 2014 Super Lawyer (Super Lawyers) 2014 Top Attorneys in Sacramento (Sacramento Magazine) 2014 Life Member (Million Dollar Advocates Forum) 2013 Life Member (Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) 2013 Rated AV Preeminent for 20 Years (Martindale-Hubbell) 2011 PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS: Hackard Law, Managing Partner, 2009 - Present Michael A. Hackard Private Law Firm Practice - Various Law Firms, Lawyer, 1976 - 2009 PRO BONO ACTIVITIES: Board Chair, "Preserving Our Past…Building Our Future" - Diocese of Sacramento, 2005 - 2006 Member, Board of Trustees, Jesuit High School, Sacramento, California, 2002 - 2008 CONTACT: Hackard Law 10630 Mather Blvd Mather, CA 95655 Phone: 916-313‑3030 Fax: 916-226-5177 Business Email: info@hackardlaw.com