Michele M. Mulrooney

Mulrooney Michele

Michele Mulrooney is co-chair of Venable's West Coast Estate Planning Group. 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


  • Variety
    • Legal Impact Report, 2014 – 2021
    • Women’s Impact Report, 2016
  • The Hollywood Reporter, Troubleshooters, 2017
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Top Women Attorneys, 2017 – 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trust and Estates, 2016 – 2021
  • The Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in the Law, Trusts and Estates, 2017 – 2019
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (Band 2), Southern California, 2017 – 2020
  • California Community Foundation, Partners of Distinction Award, 2016
  • National Law Journal, Trailblazer, Divorce, Trusts & Estates, 2016 – 2017
  • Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Chambers USA, Tax: Estate Planning, California, 2014 – 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2012 – 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent Rated



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