Heather Matsumoto Hoekstra – Attorney

new heather 701-Heather Matsumoto Hoekstra’s practice concentrates on civil and probate litigation with particular focus on will and trust contests, forgery, fraud, and financial elder abuse. She also represents trustees in charitable trust modification and cy près matters. Heather regularly appears for hearings and she conducts all aspects of drafting, discovery, and settlement.
Heather enjoys both the intellectual challenges presented in her current practice and the strong working relationships she builds with her clients and colleagues. Before becoming a litigator, Heather was a Departmental Guest at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs. She also worked with California’s Coastal Commission, Energy Commission, and Office of the Attorney General prior to obtaining her law license. Before making California her home, Heather was a greenhouse gas emissions analyst in Oxford, England.

Education
J.D., University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy), Columbia University, New York City, NY
A.B. (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Ethics), University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Publications and Presentations
Ian Fein, Heather Matsumoto, Tyler McNish, & Jeslyn Miller, Clean Development Fund: A “Public Option” for Carbon Offsets, 4 Harvard Law & Policy Review Online (2010).

CDM Reforms in the Context of a Greater Protocol: Berkeley Law Students’ Perspectives from Copenhagen, presentation to the American Bar Association’s Clean Tech and Climate Change Committee (July 15, 2009).

Heather Matsumoto, Ian Fein, Jeslyn Miller, & Tyler McNish, Calitopia (A Proposal for a Clean Development Fund), in The Copenhagen Protocol on Climate Change 299-322 (Laura Nielsen, Peter Pagh, & Anita Rønne eds., 2009).

Member of the California State Bar, Trust and Estates Section

Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers Section, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Elder Law Section