Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Jeryll S. Cohen, Partner

Jeryll S. Cohen is Co-Chair of our Trusts and Estates Department.  Her practice focuses on complex trust and estate administration and estate planning as well as dispute resolution with regard to trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships.  Ms. Cohen has extensive experience with estate tax matters, from the preparation of estate tax returns, through defending the estate in audit, appeals and litigation.  Ms. Cohen has particular expertise in issues arising from careers in the music and film industries, including the valuation and post mortem administration and distribution of intellectual property rights.  

Ms. Cohen has been the lead attorney in numerous complex matters.  She often heads a team of tax, administrative and transaction specialists, frequently resolving disputes by settlement, employing creative solutions with tax-efficient strategies.  Among Ms. Cohen’s representative matters is the probate administration of the Estate of Michael Jackson.  

Ms. Cohen is the co-author of the Rutter Group Probate Practice Guide, commencing with the 2012 Edition.  Ms. Cohen has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2019 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 eleven consecutive years (2009-2019).

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


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