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Desiree DeSurra is an associate in the Taxation and Trusts & Estates Group. JMBM’s Trusts & Estates Group is recognized by U.S. News & World Report / Best Law Firms® with a National First Tier ranking in Trusts & Estates Law. 

Desiree's practice areas include all aspects of estate planning and estate and trust administration, with a primary focus on sophisticated gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, wealth transfer planning and business succession planning for high net worth individuals. 

Desiree is also an experienced litigator and represents clients in connection with trust and estates disputes.

Desiree has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star and a Southern California Top Female Attorney.


LL.M., Loyola Law School, 2018
with highest distinction

J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, 2002
Tony Patiño Fellow

M.A., University of Washington, 1999
magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
cum laude

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Foundation

Awards & Recognition
  • Recipient of the Lynn Witte Scholarship by the Los Angeles Bar Association Taxation Section, 2019
  • Recipient of the First Honors Award from Loyola Law School in the following courses: Partnership Taxation, International Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, Taxation of Property Transactions and Income Tax Timing Issues.  Also received the highest grade in Tax Policy Colloquium and Tax Planning for Family Wealth. 
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012
  • Tony Patiño Fellow