Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr. (A.B., Northwestern, 1944(47), LL.B. Harvard, 1949), is Senior Of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm, in its Los Angeles office. He has practiced law in Los Angeles and throughout California since 1950 in the areas of probate trust, fiduciary, and tax practice and counseling, and trial and appellate litigation on behalf of individuals and institutional fiduciaries, including public employee retirement systems such as LACERA (the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association).
Since 1964, he has been the principal author of Nossaman & Wyatt, Trust Administration and Taxation, a 4-volume text with semi-annual revisions published by LexisNexis/Matthew Bender & Company. He has lectured since 1962 to lawyer and financial institution continuing education programs in California and other states, and to the American Bar and American Bankers associations. He has taught fiduciary law and preventive law (avoiding and managing litigation) at Pacific Coast Banking School (University of Washington) and Southwest Graduate School of Banking (Southern Methodist University) from 1963-1992. He testifies as an expert witness in the areas of his practice.
He is a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law; Taxation; and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law and is past Chair of that Section’s Committee on Estate and Trust Litigation and Controversy, and past Chair of that Section’s Special Study Committee on Law Reform, and writes and lectures on ethical problems of lawyers for fiduciaries. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; and the American Law Institute (ALI), where he currently serves as an Adviser since 1988 to the Restatement of Trusts, 3d, now in preparation by the ALI.
His public activities include past membership on the California State Personnel Board, the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the anti-poverty agencies of Pasadena and Los Angeles, and the Board of Trustees of Pacific Oaks College, a college and children’s school that focuses on early childhood education and child care.
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