Karl Knickmeyer

Professional Profile

I have been a practicing attorney in California for over 40 years.  In the course of my practice, I am involved with estate planning, trust and real estate matters, including sophisticated estate planning techniques for High Net Worth clientele.  I have had experience in both large and small law firms specializing in trust, estate, real estate and tax planning.  

I have represented individuals, families and their businesses. e acquisition and development of various real estate projects.  These have included both residential and commercial projects, from acquisition, development, leasing, sales and California and federal tax planning. 

Financial Services Experience

As the Executive Director (Sr. VP) of Morgan Stanley's Wealth Advisory Services for Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, I interacted, through the firm's financial advisors and directly with their high net worth clients (over $10 million net worth). Many of the clients had a net worth exceeding $50 million.


LL.M., Taxation New York University School of Law, New York, New York

J.D., (cum laude) California Western University School of Law, San Diego, California

B.A., Economics, (honors) University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of California

            Member, Trusts & Estates Section; Tax Section

Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council

CPA/LAW Society

Beverly Hills Bar Association

            Secretary-Treasurer 2005 - 2006

            Chair Resolutions Committee

            State Bar Conference of Delegates 2003 - 2004

            Chair Real Estate Section 2000 - 2001

            Member Board of Governors 2001 - 2005

U.S. District Court (Central and Southern Districts)

United States Tax Court

Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trusts


  • Highly Recommend Him

    Mr. Knickmeyer is fantastic. He is knowledgeable, attentive, sensitive, compassionate, honest and was very patient with my wife and I many questions about setting up our family trust. I highly recommend him if you are in search of a trust attorney.
  • Karl is Amazing!

    Karl is amazing! I had a client that needed to move quick in establishing trust. Karl stepped right in, made all parties feel comfortable and informed and took great care of them. I highly recommend him!


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