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David Brillant

The Brillant Law Firm was founded on the experience, focus and success of founder and shareholder David Brillant.


David is one of the Bay Area’s rising stars. Super Lawyers recognizes David as one of the top up-and-coming lawyers in Northern California, and one of the few who excels in the subspecialty of trust and estate litigation. David has tried numerous cases representing trustees and beneficiaries over disputes large and small. He constantly obtains great results for his clients. Unlike many trust and estate lawyers who mainly are “estate planners,” David started as a complex civil litigator, handling litigation matters ranging from construction and business disputes to tax matters against the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board. In addition to trust and estate litigation, David performs estate planning, trust administration and probate services for clients.


Over the years, David has represented numerous trustees, helping them administer trusts ranging from the routine to the complex. Trustees who do not retain a competent trust attorney to assist them in their roles are unnecessarily exposing themselves to liability. Depending on the facts and circumstances, David knows exactly the right amount of legal work required to achieve the trustee’s goals. David believes in clear communication and straight talk when it comes to advising his clients. He has a wide range of clients in various facets, including construction, manufacturing, real estate, retail and professional services. David distinguishes himself from his competitors by learning how clients operate their businesses and advising them based on his experience and knowledge. Over the years, David has advised clients ranging from small, family owned businesses to publicly traded corporations. He, along with the entire Brillant Law Firm team, are committed to representing clients in whatever situation that may arise… because protecting you is what we do.


Santa Clara University, B.S.
Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D.
Golden Gate University, School of Law, LL.M in Taxation


State Bar of California
East Bay Trust and Estate Lawyers
Contra Costa County Bar Association


Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law – State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Trust, Estate and Conservatorship Litigation
Estate Planning
Trust Administration
Elder Law
Real Estate Litigation
Civil Litigation


Bar Associations
State Bar of California (December 2002)


Court Admissions
All Courts of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Tax Court


Published Cases
Borikas v. Alameda Unified School Dist. (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 833
McArthur v. McArthur (2014) 224 Cal.4th 651

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