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If you are in need of a lawyer to assist with a matter related to estate planning, trust administration, or probate, turn to Essayli & Brown LLP in Orange County, CA. With a deep understanding of estate plan drafting and implementation, our team of attorneys develop tailored estate plans that maximize outcomes for individuals and families. Whether you’re in need of a full-service estate plan or require specific estate planning solutions, we are here to guide you through the process with expertise and care.

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Bilal A. Essayli | Estate Planning in Irvine, CA |  Essayli & Brown LLP

Bilal A. Essayli, Partner

Bilal A. Essayli is an experienced trial attorney with a reputation for vigorously defending the interests of his clients.

Litigation Experience

His litigation experience is broad, including private practice at one of the world’s largest law firms, significant trial experience in one of the nation’s largest prosecutorial offices, and serving as a federal prosecutor at the preeminent United States Attorney’s Office in the United States. All experiences have honed deep trial skills and strategic thinking necessary for high-stakes litigation.

Federal and State Prosecutor

Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Essayli served in the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California located in Los Angeles. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he handled significant and important litigation including but not limited to violent and organized crime, identity theft, bank fraud, securities fraud, white-collar fraud, obstruction of justice, and a multitude of other matters.

His duties included advising and coordinating with federal agents on active federal and multi-jurisdictional investigations, evaluating legal issues, and filing criminal cases. Mr. Essayli was a trusted Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and represented the federal government at all stages of his many cases. An essential part of his practice as an AUSA was the effective handling of all motion practice, jury trials, appeals before the Ninth Circuit, and post-conviction litigation.

Handling High-Profile Cases

During his tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Essayli was entrusted with working on some of the nation’s most serious cases. One such case involved a terrorist attack in San Bernardino in 2015 that tragically led to the deaths of many American citizens. Mr. Essayli also tried a three-week jury trial of a prominent California doctor charged with more than 80 counts of unlawfully prescribing opiates, which unfortunately led to the deaths of over a dozen patients.

Successful Jury Trials as a Prosecutor

As a foundation for his work as an AUSA, Mr. Essayli served with distinction as a prosecutor with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. That office is one of the top prosecutorial offices in the nation, the tenth largest in the U.S., and third largest in California. During his service as a prosecutor, Mr. Essayli tried numerous jury trials successfully.

Private Practice and Corporate Representation

Before serving as a local and federal prosecutor, Mr. Essayli was in private practice at Paul Hastings, an international law firm. While at Paul Hastings, Mr. Essayli represented large corporate clients in commercial litigation. His practice included representation of employers in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour class actions, employee mobility/trade secret protection, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, and ADA Title III access lawsuits; and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies.

Andrew Brown | Estate Planning in Irvine, CA |  Essayli & Brown LLP

Andrew Brown, Partner

Andrew Brown focuses his practice on estate planning, trust administration, and probate. Andrew works to ensure that his clients have a strong understanding of how their estate plans will be implemented, both for themselves and for their beneficiaries years later, and assists clients when the time comes to implement an estate plan

Estate Planning Services

Andrew offers both comprehensive estate planning and simplified estate planning options. For clients with fewer estate tax considerations or specific estate planning needs, he provides simplified estate planning services. This tailored approach allows Andrew to develop estate plans that meet his clients’ individual requirements and goals.

Legal Experience

Andrew worked as a civil litigation attorney from 2010-2013, and transitioned to trust and estates in 2014. Since that time, he has focused exclusively on estate planning, trust administration and probate. Andrew has worked as a fiduciary officer for some of the world’s best and largest banks, where he advised clients on and implemented hundreds of estate plans. In order to better serve clients, Andrew opened his own practice in 2019.

Education and Academic Achievements

Andrew earned his Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2010. While at Chapman University, he was a Notes and Comments Editor for Chapman Law Review, served as an Academic Fellow for Legal Research and Writing, and was a member of the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. He also received the Top-Grade Award (CALI) for Excellence in the study of evidence.

Student Life at Texas A&M University

Andrew attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 2006 when he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Mays Business School. At Texas A&M, he was an active member in the Corps of Cadets and a member of Co. C-2, Marine Recon Company, and the Ross Volunteer Company. He was also a member of the O.R Simpson Honor Society and is still involved with the Associate of Former Students and the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association.

Admissions and Memberships

Mr. Brown was admitted to the California Bar in 2010 and is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California, the Central District of California, and is a member of the California Bar Trust & Estates section.

Robert Hanley | Estate Planning in Irvine, CA |  Essayli & Brown LLP

Robert Hanley, Attorney

Robert Hanley works as an Attorney in our office. Blake has assisted numerous clients in preparing their Trusts, Wills, Financial Power of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, and Final Dispositions. He also received his notary certification to further assist clients in validating their estate planning documents. Blake also assists the firm in conducting trust administration and probate cases.

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Blake Hanley began his law career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Territory of American Samoa. He represented the American Samoa Government in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile prosecutions. While living on the island, he conducted 40 bench trials and 4 jury trials.

While in Samoa, Blake assisted with numerous police trainings. Blake enjoyed the investigative area of police work so much that upon returning to the mainland in California, he attended the Ventura County Sheriff’s Training Academy and became a sworn Deputy Sheriff. He worked as a jail deputy, bailiff, and served on a collateral assignment in the Air Unit.

Blake earned his Juris Doctor degree with an Emphasis in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution from Chapman University School of Law, graduating in 2010. While in law school, he received the Top-Grade Award (CALI) for Excellence in the classes of Specialized Legal Research and Law in Developing Countries. He also served as the Public Interest Law Foundation Co-President and received an award for Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Work in Government Service.

Prior to law school, Blake earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a Minor in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2007. While at UCLA, he served as the Chief Justice and Community Service Chair of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Gamma Nu Chapter.

Blake was admitted to the California Bar in 2010, and is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, surfing, and SCUBA diving.