Attorneys

Angela C. Thompson

Attorney

1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone:  916-920-5983
Toll Free:  800-965-1106
Fax:  916-920-9379

Ms. Thompson is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust law, and litigates all related contested matters.

Ms. Thompson was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005.  She relocated to Sacramento in 2006 to join a boutique civil litigation firm and, since then, has represented individual and corporate clients throughout the state of California at both the trial and appellate levels.

Ms. Thompson began her attorney career as a civil litigator focused on land use and environmental law.   However, in 2010 she expanded her practice to include estate planning and probate law and grew to love the connections she made with her clients while representing them through very personal, often difficult, circumstances.  She loves the trust and estate law practice because of the opportunity to offer meaningful solutions and give peace of mind to families who are contemplating major life decisions or grieving the loss of a loved one.  She brings compassion and empathy to every case, while remaining a compelling advocate for her clients’ rights and best interests.  No stranger to the courtroom, she is formidable in trial, and has prevailed in cases before both judges and juries.

Born and raised just outside Washington, D.C., Ms. Thompson has had a passion for law and politics since a young age.  Her first job was a competitive internship at a public interest law firm with an office on Capitol Hill, where she lobbied members of Congress, analyzed and reviewed legislation, and assisted the firm’s civil rights attorneys with research and drafting.  Thereafter, she paid her own way through law school working as a paralegal in a civil litigation firm in Northern Virginia.  This on-the-job experience prepared Ms. Thompson to be a practical, efficient, and thorough attorney.

Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeal, and also holds a license to practice law in Maryland.  Ms. Thompson is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  In her free time, she enjoys running, exploring the great outdoors, travelling with her family, and cheering for the Washington Football Team.

Edward A. Smith

Attorney

1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone:  916-920-5983
Toll Free:  800-965-1106
Fax:  916-920-9379

Bar Admissions
California State Bar #139950

Education
Graduate UC Davis, BA 1984, McGeorge School of Law, JD 1988

Edward has been licensed by the State Bar of California and has been in continuous practice as an attorney and litigator since 1989. He is married with two children. He is active in community service through Lions Clubs International, where he has served as a club (Roseville Host), district (4C-5), and state officer (MD-4).

Edward’s hobbies and interests focus on youth leadership development and education, including high school debate, speech competitions, scholarships, and in promoting growth of Lions Clubs at college campuses in the greater Sacramento area.

John J. Meissner, Jr.

Attorney

1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone:  916-920-5983
Toll Free:  800-965-1106
Fax:  916-920-9379

Mr. Meissner was admitted to the bar in 1977, California and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1982, U.S. Tax Court. He is the managing partner of the business law department at Meissner, Joseph, Palley & Ruggles. Mr. Meissner is recognized in Northern California Super Lawyers.

Irving B. Joseph

Attorney

1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone:  916-920-5983
Toll Free:  800-965-1106
Fax:  916-920-9379

Mr. Joseph was admitted to the bar in 1981, California and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1982, U.S. Tax Court.

EDUCATION: San Diego State University (B.S., 1975); McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D., 1981; LL.M., 1983). Order of the Coif; Traynor Society. Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Adjunct Professor, McGeorge School of Law, 1986-. Instructor, Golden Gate University, Masters in Taxation Program, 1983-.