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Shannon C. Papazis

SHANNON C. PAPAZIS is a Partner and the Chair of the Contested Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation Practice Group at Ferruzzo.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of La Verne College of Law.

Ms. Papazis represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, in both state and federal court. She primarily focuses in the areas of Trust and Probate Litigation, including the litigation of elder abuse, conservatorship, and guardianship matters. Ms. Papazis represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and interested persons in contested and litigated administrations involving claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, accountings, estate distribution, will and trust contests, Marvin claims, omitted heir claims, restraining orders, undue influence and elder abuse.  Her trial experience was initially grounded in criminal while externing at the District Attorney’s Office, expanded into family law and civil while in private practice, and now focuses on trusts and estates. Ms. Papazis is an experienced and effective litigator who has successfully tried civil actions throughout the State of California. 

Ms. Papazis understands the unique challenge that clients face while participating in estate litigation with their family members and strives to promote reunification and early case resolution wherever possible.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate, Probate, & Trust Litigation
  • Estate, Probate, & Trust Administration
  • Elder Abuse
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, 2007

B.S. in Business Economics, with honors


University of La Verne College of Law

La Verne, CA, 2011

Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude


Cali Awards:  Legal Analysis and Writing, Antitrust, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Advanced Corporate Finance and Governance, Business Organizations, and Advanced Evidence Practicum
University of La Verne Law Review, Associate Editor
The Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Chief Articles Editor

Published Works

“Family Owned Businesses – What to do When an Aging Owner is Being Subjected to Financial Elder Abuse," Orange County Business Journal, November, 2018

Classes / Seminars Taught

Speaker, Escrow Transactions Involving Trusts and Powers of Attorney, Escrow Institute of California, September 2019 and May 2021

Speaker, Mock Trustee Deposition, Whittier Trust Company, March 2018

Speaker, Community Property Issues Arising in Probate Administrations, Orange County Bar Association – Elder Law & Special Needs Section, August 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Volunteer Attorney   
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association: Trust & Estates Section, Family Law Section
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association