Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Jeryll S. Cohen, Partner

Jeryll S. Cohen's practice focuses on complex trust and estate administration and estate planning, as well as dispute resolution with regard to trusts, estates and estate tax matters.  Ms. Cohen has particular expertise in issues arising from careers in the music and film industries.

In complex matters, Ms. Cohen applies her numerous strengths to develop and execute creative and tax-efficient strategies, whether in the context of estate planning, trust, probate administration or litigation.

Ms. Cohen has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates Litigation.  She has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for ten consecutive years (2009-2018).

Ms. Cohen has lectured for many professional and charitable groups, including Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Rutter Group and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.  

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association | Trusts and Estates Section | Former Co-Chair, Executive Committee

Presentations & Publications

  • “Dorothy, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Venturing Outside of the Probate Court" | 43rd Annual USC 2017 Trust & Estate Conference | November 2017


  • Rutter Group California Probate Practice Guide | Co-Author | 2012 to Present