Jennifer M. McGibbons




Focus Areas:

estate planning
estate and trust administration
charitable planning

Jennifer is a founding partner of Sullivan, McGibbons, Crickard & Associates, LLP in San Diego, California.  Jennifer’s practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate, and charitable planning.  She has extensive experience in estate planning for individuals and families, including trust formation, charitable giving, transfer tax planning, incapacity planning, intra-family transactions, and trust and probate administrations.

Prior to forming Sullivan, McGibbons, Crickard & Associates, LLP, Jennifer was a Partner at Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney LLP, in San Diego, and an associate in the Family Wealth and Exempt Organizations Practice Group at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, in San Diego.


  • Juris Doctorate, University of San Diego School of Law (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University (1995)

Professional Memberships

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (since 2011)
  • North County Estate Planning Council (since 2008)
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section (since 2002)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (since 2002)


  • Top 25 Women Super Lawyer – San Diego (2019 and 2024)
  • Top 50 Super Lawyer – San Diego (2024)
  • AV Preeminent from the Martindale Hubbell® (since 2017)
  • Top Attorney, Estate and Trust Planning, San Diego Magazine (since 2018)
  • California Super Lawyer (since 2016)
  • San Diego County Top Attorney, Estate Planning/Probate & Trust/Tax, The San Diego Daily Transcript (2015)
  • Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal (2015)

Community Involvement

  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Advisory Council (since 2019) (Chair 2021-present)
  • Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Estates and Trusts Executive Committee (since 2015)
  • Scripps Health Foundation, Chair of the Gift Planning Advisory Board (former chair)
  • Scripps Health Foundation, Gift Planning Advisory Board (former member)

Speaking Engagements

  • Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Women & Finance Workshop, What is a Trust and Do I Need One? (August 31, 2023)
  • CEB, How to Administer a Revocable Trust? (March 2023 webinar presentation)
  • ABA 2023 Midyear Tax Meeting, Successor Trustees and Section 672(c) (February 10, 2023)
  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council, Estate Planning for Blended Families:  Yours, Mine & Ours (January 18, 2023)
  • Estate Planning Council of San Diego, Planning for (and BEFORE) the December 31, 2025 Exemption Cliff for the $15 to $30 Million Estates (January 17, 2023)
  • Cal CPA Estate Planning Forum, Planning for Blended Families (November 17, 2022)
  • California Lawyers Association 29th Annual Estate and Gift Tax Conference, Estate Planning for Blended Families: Yours, Mine and Ours (July 29, 2022)
  • San Diego Public Library Foundation, What is a Living Trust and Do You Need One? (October 28, 2021)
  • Cal CPA Estate Planning Forum, Challenges of Being a Trustee and Ways to Mitigate (August 26, 2020)
  • Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, The ABCs of RMDs (January 28, 2020)
  • North County Estate Planning Council, Estate Planning for Blended Families: Yours, Mine and Ours (August 6, 2019)
  • Scripps Health Foundation, Nuts and Bolts of Charitable Remainder Trusts (May 7, 2018)
  • San Diego Estate Planning Council, Family Conversations (January 16, 2018)
  • Scripps Health Foundation, Nuts and Bolts of Charitable Remainder Trusts (September 16, 2016)
  • CEB, How to Administer a Revocable Trust (April 23, 2015)
  • Scripps Health Foundation, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Planning Today for a Meaningful Tomorrow (August 21, 2014)
  • Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Mabel Jessop Women’s Financial Symposium, So You’re the Trustee of Your Family Trust … Now What? (March 5, 2014)
  • CEB, Revocable Trust Drafting Workshop (October 25, 2013)
  • North County Estate Planning Council, Planning for $10,000,000 Estates in 2012: Building Flexibility for 2012 and Beyond (July 10, 2012)
  • North County Estate Planning Council, Overview of Estate Planning Issues in 2010 (February 2, 2010)