John M. Andersen


A recognized leader in the field, John Andersen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association which advises the California legislature on laws effecting estate planning. John is a “Top Lawyer” Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate, and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California State Bar since 2008. John guides families, individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and public figures of all means, in all aspects of estate planning, trusts and probate. John has extensive experience with complex wealth transfer planning, business succession planning, special needs planning and personal privacy planning. John represents trustees, executors and beneficiaries with the administration of trusts and probates and is authorized to practice before the IRS.

John graduated from the University of California, Hastings College in 1992 and began practicing in 1993. Prior to joining Ferguson Case Orr Paterson, John’s decades of expertise was honed at leading national and local law firms of Nordman, Cormany, Hair and Compton also in Ventura, CA , Carr, Mclellan, Ingersoll, Thompson and Horn in the San Francisco bay area and Perkins Coie in Seattle, WA.

John lives in Westlake Village and is bilingual in English and Danish. He is Co-Chair of Channel Islands University Planned Giving Council and recently served as President of the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council. John is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys running, hiking, surfing, golf, skiing, and jousting – yes, on a horse with a lance and shield, and spending time with his family.

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • Washington State Bar (inactive)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, by the State Bar of California
  • California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section (Member, Executive Committee “TEXCOM,” 2017 – )
  • Ventura County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section (Member, Executive Committee)
  • Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council (former President)


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1992
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, History, 1986


  • California State University, Channel IslandsĀ (Co-Chair, Planned Giving Advisory Council)

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