Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
ROBERT C. EROEN is a partner at Hill, Farrer & Burill, LLP in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Eroen has practiced primarily in the field of trust, estates and probate for over 25 years, and has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law since 2003. Mr. Eroen’s practice focuses primarily on litigation, including trust and will contests, fiduciary breaches and removal, and the increasingly important area of financial elder abuse. In addition to trust and estate litigation, Mr. Eroen handles a wide array of administrative proceedings involving trusts, estates, conservatorships and guardianships, and prepares estate and succession plans for individuals, families and businesses.
Mr. Eroen was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California in 1989, and in 2008 received a certificate as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®).
Mr. Eroen has received frequent court appointments to act in various capacities, including as trustee, special administrator, guardian ad litem, and as court-appointed counsel for proposed conservatees and wards. Mr. Eroen has been retained as an expert witness, and testified in court, on numerous occasions regarding the standard of care for fiduciaries and accountants, including several matters on behalf of the California State Bar.
Mr. Eroen argued the case of Carmack v. Reynolds (2 Cal. 5th 844) before the California Supreme Court in 2017, which provided guidance on the extent to which a creditor is able to enforce a judgment against a beneficiary’s interest in a trust. Mr. Eroen is counsel of record in other published and non-published appellate court decisions and frequently participates in presentations on various trust and estate issues.
Mr. Eroen received a B.S. degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Colorado in 1986, and was awarded a JD degree by Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Mr. Eroen’s past employers include the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., where he was a senior consultant for the family wealth & planning, tax controversies, and international taxation groups.