Adrienne Sauro Heckman
Of Counsel

Adrienne Sauro Heckman focuses exclusively on probate litigation, estate and trust administration, and estate planning.

Ms. Heckman was admitted to the Bar in 1986, the same year she began her 32 year career at The Orange County Counsel, focusing nearly exclusively on LPS and Probate conservatorships, guardianships, decedent’s estates and trusts, and related civil litigation, advisory and appellate matters. Integral to this practice was responding to the Orange County Superior Court’s orders to show cause, when neglect or malfeasance may have or did occur in private estates, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, triggering investigation by the County, and reporting directly to the Court. Often these cases would result in appointment of the appropriate County agency as successor fiduciary, requiring resolution of complex cases through litigation.

In 2014 Ms. Heckman was promoted to Supervisor of the newly formed County Counsel’s District Attorney-Public Administrator legal team, managing her team of attorneys and their entire caseload, while maintaining a full caseload of her own.

During her tenure at County Counsel, Ms. Heckman was a frequent lecturer and trainer for the County Counsel’s Association Probate/Mental Health Section; California State Association of Public Guardians, Public Administrators and Public Conservators; The Orange County Counsel; The Orange County District Attorney-Public Administrator; The Orange County Public Guardian; The Rutter Group; California Continuing Education of the Bar; Orange County Designated Facilities Group; and the Orange County Bar Association. She was also a regular advisor and presenter to the Orange County Financial Abuse Specialist Team, and the Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Team.

For approximately 10 years, Ms. Heckman was a co-editor of the “LPS Conservatorships” chapter of Conservatorships, published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar.

She is a past member of the Orange County Bar Association Elder Law Section, and Probate & Trusts Section, and served on the latter’s board of directors from 1996-2001, and as Chairperson in 2000.

Ms. Heckman and husband Don are long-time Irvine residents. They have two young adult sons, and three dogs


Case Western Reserve University School of Law,
Cleveland, Ohio. J.D. 1985

College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
B.A. History, with honors, 1982

Bar Admissions:

California Bar, June, 1986;
U. S. District Court, Central District of California,
September, 1986;