Michael Brophy > Withers LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Withers LLP
1925 Century Park East
Suite 400
CA 90067
United States

Work Department

Trust, Estate and Inheritance Disputes




Michael has extensive experience representing individuals, families, charities, corporate trustees, private professional fiduciaries and creditors in litigation involving complex trusts and estates. Michael’s diverse practice includes will and trust contests, accounting disputes, breach of duty actions, elder abuse and conservatorship disputes, document interpretation matters, and other contested probate and fiduciary-related matters.

Michael also has experience in business and commercial litigation, including contract, real estate, copyright, Lanham Act, trade secret, and unfair competition matters.

In addition to litigation and trial work, his practice includes risk assessment and counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative proceedings. Michael frequently writes and speaks on trust and estate litigation topics and is active in bar leadership and committee work.


Los Angeles County Superior Court Civil Bench-Bar Liaison Committee

Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program (Judge Pro Temp)

LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors

Los Angeles County Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Committee

Los Angeles County Bar Association Subcommittee on Diversity in the Judiciary Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association


American University, magna cum laude, B.A.

Harvard Law School, cum laude, J.D.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > International tax

Withers LLP advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals on international tax holdings. Splitting his time between Connecticut and New York, William Kambas focuses on US tax structuring and tax planning. In Los Angeles, Michael Brophy covers trusts and estates litigation, while Charles Kolstad is an expert in digital asset, income, and estate tax planning. Michelle Graham operates out of San Diego and advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals with US assets. 2021 saw the opening of a new Texas office, lead by cross-border tax expert Kevin Keen, who joined in March from Winstead PC. Additionally, Marsha Laine Dungog was appointed San Francisco office leader in February 2021, and specializes in Canadian and Australian tax, trust, and superannuation matters.

United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

The tax-exempt practice at Withers Bergman LLP is housed within the firm’s wider private client practice group and excels in domestic and international non-profit work. Led by William Kambas in New York, the team advises cross-border gift-giving, investments and estate planning; recently promoted partner Helen Cheng in San Diego who is ‘excellent’ according to clients, is the key name for this area. Steven Chidester in San Diego represents organizations in IRS audits and handles charitable giving. Co-chair of the practice Michael Brophy  handles estate litigation, from Los Angeles. Other key contacts include Alana Petraske in New York who has a specialty advising charities to attain tax-efficient status both in the US and the UK, and Lawton Leung  in New Haven.