Esther Yao | J.D

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About: Esther Yao serves as the marketing director at Alley Law. Since joining the team in 2014, she has helped the team with a variety of responsibilities, including teaching education seminars, drafting estate planning documents and meeting clients. Esther often works with clients whose preferred language is Mandarin Chinese. Esther is bilingual, fully fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese; she is trained in simultaneous interpretation as well as translation of documents into both simplified and traditional Chinese.

Esther earned her juris doctor degree from Rutgers Law School—Camden in New Jersey, where she was on the Dean’s List. She received her bachelor’s in political science with a specialization in international politics and a minor in classical civilizations from the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she was on the Dean’s List as well as in the Honors Society for Political Science.

Prior to Alley Law, Esther worked as a criminal justice professor at Florida Technical College. In 2013, she was awarded Professor of the Year in her department. Her other work experiences include stints at the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She also clerked for the Hon. John A. Almeida, a former Superior Court judge in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Esther is a mother to two children. She is an active member of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and Serving Training Empowering Moms (STEMS).

Specialties: Alley Law is a boutique estate planning law firm providing comprehensive strategic solutions in the areas of estate planning, international estate planning, business succession, trust administration, probate, and charitable giving. We provide holistic legal services to clients ranging from private individuals to corporations, as well as multinational corporations, and not-for-profit groups. The firm's clients conduct business on a local, state, national and international basis.

Alley Law is a vibrant family-friendly firm with team members who are parents ourselves. We understand the needs to protect our assets and children. By listening closely to what you are concerned about and hope to achieve, we gain the understanding necessary to design and implement a plan to meet all of your needs. We focus on clients’ desires, and attentively listen to their goals, so that we can provide quality and responsive solutions that are custom to each client's situation.

The firm has been built on our client relationships, fostered by mutual respect, integrity, and honesty. By adhering to these core values, we have established life-long relationships with our clients and their families, and we are proud and honored to serve as their trusted advisors.

Quote: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin

Connect: Contact Esther at, or at (626) 600-9026 or visit her website below!