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Chelsea J. Suttmann

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  • Shareholder & Managing Director


Burlingame, CA





Chelsea J. Suttmann is a Shareholder and Managing Director at Barulich Dugoni & Suttmann Law Group, Inc. Chelsea has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. Chelsea's law practice focuses primarily on estate planning, trust and probate law, estate and gift taxation, and business formation, maintenance, and succession for family-owned businesses.

Chelsea's family background includes several generations of small business owners and entrepreneurs, encouraging her to specialize in advising and counseling family business owners on estate planning, business succession planning, and business formation and maintenance matters. She also provides counsel to high-net-worth individuals and families regarding lifetime and post-death gifting, estate tax considerations, and asset protection strategies. She lectures on various topics, including estate planning, estates and trusts, and estate and gift taxation.

When she's not at work, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband and young children, preferably outdoors or on the water, and cheering on the University of Michigan Wolverines.


  • California, 2012
  • Michigan, 2015


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • B.A. - 2009

Published Works

  • “Advanced Planning - A Decade in Review: What Have We Learned Over the Last Decade and Where are We Headed?”, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 27, Issue 1
  • CEB California Trust Administration, Chapter 2, "Overview of Trustee's Duties, Standards, and Powers", Co-Author
  • Estate Planning Considerations for California Same-Sex Couples in a Post-Windsor and Post-Proposition 8 World, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 19, Issue 4
  • The Minority Coalition's Burden of Proof Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Santa Clara Law Review, publication date: Jan 1, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, San Francisco Magazine, 2019-2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Annual Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium, Member
  • Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, Member 2012-2015
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member
  • San Mateo County Leadership Program Graduate 2015
  • San Mateo County Rotary Club, Member 2012-2015