Kent Kristoff
Kent L. Kristof


Kent L. Kristof is a Rising Stars (by SuperLawyers) rated attorney in complex trust, estate and conservatorship law, who is dedicated to protecting the financial interests of clients and litigating for the rights of elder abuse victims. Some of Mr. Kristof's notable successes included several high-value elder law disputes resulting in judgments in excess of $1 million. Mr. Kristof graduated with highest honors from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in Spanish. He went on to receive his Master's degree in history in 2002, again graduating with highest honors, and then earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2004. Mr. Kristof earned memberships with Phi Alpha Theta and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Mr. Kristof has earned his Master of Laws (LLM) in estate planning and elder law.

Giving back to his community is important to Mr. Kristof. He serves as a Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a settlement officer for the Pro Bono Probate Settlement Program of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Kristof also acts as Arbitrator with the Attorney Client Mediation Arbitration Service hearing disputes between other attorneys and their clients. He has volunteered with the Pro Per Guardianship Clinic. Mr. Kristof recently served as the Young Lawyer's Division of the American Bar Association Liaison to the American Bar Association's Commission on Law And Aging.


Mr. Kristof's dissertation will quantify the economic impact of the Los Angeles County Probate Court on the county's economy and the negative impact of case delays evaluated. Examination of public information contained in the Court's case files will be undertaken to determine the factors contributing to the efficiency of the Court system. An analysis will be undertaken to elucidate if inefficiencies have greater impacts on particular socio-economic groups.

Faculty Advisor: Ellen Aprill