Jonathan H. Park is a partner in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on complex trust and estate litigation, probate and trust administration, conservatorship and guardianship matters. Mr. Park's clients include individuals, families, private fiduciaries and financial institutions. He is experienced in cases at the trial and appellate court levels involving will and trust disputes, contested conservatorships and guardianships, breach of fiduciary duty claims and financial elder abuse matters. In addition, Mr. Park has litigated matters involving trusts and estates with interests in complex commercial businesses and substantial real estate holdings. Mr. Park also has represented numerous national charities, nonprofit organizations and universities with respect to their trust and estate matters.
Representing Individuals, Families, Private Fiduciaries and Financial Institutions in Fiduciary Litigation. Mr. Park assists clients in all aspects of fiduciary litigation, whether it is bringing claims on behalf of individual beneficiaries or defending trustees faced with litigation. Mr. Park understands that litigation is not often the optimal path to resolving trust disputes, and therefore works with the client to properly assess the real issues driving the dispute and to determine the most efficient strategy to achieve the desired outcome, which often includes efforts at informal dispute resolution and formal mediation.
Preserving Bequests to Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations. A significant area of Mr. Park's practice is representing and advocating on behalf of a variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including national charities, universities, educational and religious organizations. Mr. Park works to effectuate donor intent by reducing administration fees, maximizing gift value and expediting distributions. When necessary, Mr. Park litigates on behalf of these organizations to preserve and protect their interests, including recovering misappropriated assets.
Avoiding Dispute Pitfalls in the Wealth Planning Process. Mr. Park works with individuals and families to assess potential disputes before they occur and to develop succession plans, which allow for the orderly transition of control, administration and distribution of estate assets. To this end, Mr. Park leverages the variety of high-level tax and business specialists within Holland & Knight to provide a comprehensive plan, which not only preserves wealth, but also family integrity and relationships.
Mr. Park is active in the community, including serving as a former provisional director of the Korean American United Foundation from 2018 to 2019 and has provided pro bono legal services to a wide variety of organizations such as We The Action (Election Protection), Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek and the Alliance for Children's Rights.
- The University of Chicago, B.A., Public Policy Studies
- New York University School of Law, J.D.
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Committee, Co-Chair
- State Bar of California, Trust and Estates Section
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trust and Estates Section
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
- Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014-2018
- Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2016