Michele M. Mulrooney

Mulrooney Michele

Michele Mulrooney is chair of the firm's West Coast Tax and Wealth Planning Practice. Michele focuses her practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, including actors, directors, writers, producers, artists, sports figures, business owners and executives, and real estate investors. She has substantial experience in all aspects of sophisticated estate planning, including the preservation and protection of wealth for generations of families, establishing and advising private foundations, post-death administration of estates and trusts, establishing and advising conservatorships and guardianships, cross-border planning for multinational clients, and insurance issues.

Michele also has experience in estate planning for majority owners of both private and public companies, including, but not limited to, recapitalizations, buy-sell agreements between shareholders and partners, sales to third parties, and intra-family transfers.

Michele's experience and astute insight into the unique legal needs facing individuals in the entertainment industry have led her to develop a broader service offering for her clients. This includes counseling on general business and personal matters, including serving as an advisor to family law counsel in complex divorce situations. She also serves as trustee and executor of many of her clients' trusts and estates. Michele's clients not only appreciate her legal guidance; they also value the meaningful relationships that she develops with them. 

Michele is a member of the Venable Board.





  • J.D. University of Southern California, Gould School of Law 1985
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S. magna cum laude University of Southern California 1982

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Professional Advisory Network and Professional Advisory Council, Motion Picture & Television Fund, 2016 - 2017


  • Recognized in Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2014 - 2019
  • Recognized in Variety's Women's Impact Report, 2016
  • Included on the Hollywood Reporter's Trouble Shooters List, 2017
  • Included in Los Angeles Business Journal's "Top Women Attorneys" List, 2017 - 2020
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America for Trust and Estates, 2016 - 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in Law, Trusts and Estates, 2017 - 2019
  • Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Southern California, Private Wealth Law (Band 2), 2017 - 2020
  • Recipient, California Community Foundation's Partners of Distinction Award, 2016
  • Listed in National Law Journal's Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazers, 2016 - 2017
  • Included on Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers List, 2015
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Tax: Estate Planning, California, 2014 - 2016
  • Recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2019
  • AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell



  • Member, Board of Counselors, USC Gould School of Law
  • Member, Building Committee, USC Gould School of Law 
  • Member, UCLA Health System Board