Trusts and Estates

Season 2, Episode 3: When They Don’t Clap for Anti-SLAPP – Part 1

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This Episode of “Trust Me” is Part 1 of a multi-episode series, which features an interview with Ryan Szczepanik and Ciarán O’Sullivan, the co-authors of the article: “When They Don’t Clap For Anti-SLAPP.” The article appeared in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 28 Issue 1, published by TEXCOM in 2022. 

In this first episode with Ryan and Ciarán, we have a conversation about the general use of SLAPP lawsuits and anti-SLAPP motions. Later, we will discuss the application of anti-SLAPP motions in trust and estate disputes, policy considerations and potential legislation concerning anti-SLAPP motions in trust and estate cases, and practical tips for handling anti-SLAPP motions in the probate court.
 About our Guests:

Ryan J. Szczepanik, J.D., is a California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association (TEXCOM).

Ciarán O’Sullivan has litigated the entire range of trust and estate related disputes since 1998.  He is a member of the executive committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Trusts and Estates section (TEXCOM), and is the current chairman of its Litigation sub-committee. He is a frequent writer and presenter on topics of interest to Trusts and Estates litigators, and has published articles in the Trusts and Estates Quarterly, the Daily Journal, and elsewhere on trial and appellate procedure.  
 About our Host:

Host Kevin Bryce Jackson represents fiduciaries and individuals throughout California in a wide range of trust and estate matters. He is the California Young Lawyers Association ’s liaison to the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association (TEXCOM).

If you have questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics please email Herb Stroh at

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