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Hon. Olga Álvarez

Judge Alvarez was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego in 2019. Before her appointment, Judge Álvarez was a lawyer in private practice for over sixteen years. She was a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and Co-Founder of Heisner Álvarez, APC in La Jolla, California. Judge Álvarez was rated AV®-Preeminent™ by Martindale and received the Women Who Mean Business award in 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal for her entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. She was named a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Super Lawyer, as well as one of the Top 50 lawyers in San Diego Super Lawyers List. In 2016, the San Diego County Bar Association honored her with the Service to Diversity Award and was twice named a finalist for the San Diego Magazine’s Women of the Year award, Top Attorney in Trusts and Estates by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and one of San Diego’s Best Attorneys in 2015 and 2013 by San Diego Metro Magazine. She was selected as San Diego Magazine’s Top Attorney in 2017, 2018, and 2019, as well as San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for three consecutive years. Prior to co-founding Heisner Álvarez, APC, Judge Álvarez was Of Counsel at Sullivan, Hill, Rez & Engel in estate planning, trust and probate. In 2017-2018, she served as the President of Lawyers Club, the women’s bar association in San Diego, and over the years she has served on the Board of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association as well as non-profit boards in Balboa Park and the University of San Diego School of Law Visitor’s Board.

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