Vanessa J. Sundin

Vanessa is a Senior Associate attorney with Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, focusing in estate planning, trust administration, probate administration, and tax. Vanessa received her B.A. in English Literature and German from California State University, Chico. Vanessa received both her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Vanessa earned her Series 7 and worked in finance as a registered sales associate with A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc.

During her law school career, Vanessa was a Merit Scholarship recipient and a member of both the Honors Lawyering Program and the Dean’s list. She also received Cali Awards in Writing and Research II, HLP Wills and Trusts Writing Lab, and Real Estate Finance. Vanessa also received the Honorable Mention Award for academic excellence in Real Estate Law.

Vanessa worked as a law clerk with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, as a professor’s assistant teaching real property law, and as a research assistant in constitutional law while in law school. During and after her LL.M. program, Vanessa worked as an associate attorney with DLK Law Group, a predecessor firm to Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica  LLP, and then opened her own full-service trusts and estates law firm, Sundin Law Office, in Chico, California. Vanessa recently returned to Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP after eight years in Chico and also continues to maintain a professional presence in Chico.

Vanessa loves living in Oakland with her husband and two dogs. She is a board member and the secretary for the North Valley Community Foundation. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, playing outdoors, thrifting, and spending time with friends and family.

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