In view of the current COVID-19 epidemic affecting our county and the “Shelter-in-Place-at-Home” orders issued by Santa Clara County and the State of California, we urge all clients to stay at home whenever possible and to maintain social distancing when out of the home. Protecting our clients and their legacies remains our most important focus. We will continue to provide services to clients and to new clients, while we practice social distancing and maintain safety measures in compliance with these governmental orders. If you are concerned about your estate plan or other legal issue, we encourage you to contact us by phone or email to discuss your situation. Videoconferencing may also be an option for meetings where in-person meetings are not permitted. Please stay safe and stay healthy.

Providing Peace Of Mind, Preserving Your Legacy

Providing Peace Of Mind, Preserving Your Legacy

Thomas E. Rossmeissl
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Thomas E. Rossmeissl is the owner and founder of the Law Office of Thomas E. Rossmeissl. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Rossmeissl has significant experience in assisting individuals and families achieve their estate planning, wealth transfer and philanthropic goals. Tom works with each client and family's unique circumstances to craft an estate plan that will achieve that client's objectives.

Tom's experience includes working with clients of all economic backgrounds, including high net worth clients. His practice includes preparing new estate plans and revising existing estate plans, counseling clients regarding selection of fiduciaries, the use of powers of attorney, and planning in anticipation of serious illness and incapacity. Tom previously served as the Regional Trust Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Palo Alto, where he supervised complex trust administration and collaborated with and managed a team of wealth management professionals in assisting high net worth clients build, manage and transition their wealth to their children and to future generations.

Tom also represents trustees and executors in the administration of trusts and estates and represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate litigation matters.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Trust and Estate Litigation

Past Positions

  • Terra Law LLP, Founder of trusts and estates practice group
  • Wells Fargo Private Bank, Vice President and Regional Trust Manager
  • Mount & Stoelker, Estate Planning Attorney
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Estate Planning Attorney
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California, Law Clerk

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Professional Associations

  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, President, Board of Trustees, 2020
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, Executive Committee, Past Chair, 2019
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, Judicial Liaison Santa Clara County, 2019, Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, Education Committee, Past Co-Chair, Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1993 to Present
  • State Bar of California


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. – 1990
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Davis, California
    • B.A. – 1984
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa


  • Super Lawyer rating,
  • Peer rated “AV Preeminent” for ethical standards and legal ability, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb, Top Estate Planning Attorney
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb, Top Litigation Attorney
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award, Estate Planning
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award, Estate Planning
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award, Litigation

Community Activities

  • Union School District, President, Board of Trustees
  • Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, Union School District, Past Member
  • District 7-11 Committee, Union School District, Past Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization