Serving The Bay Area And All Of California For More Than A Decade

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Nisha Bhakta

  • Associate Attorney

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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 2019
  • California State East Bay College
    • Paralegal Certification - 2014
  • UC San Diego
    • B.A.: Literature and Writing - 2012
    • Minor: Law and Society


Nisha Bhakta is an Associate Attorney in the Trusts and Estates Department at Johnston, Kinney, & Zulaica LLP. Nisha is experienced in estate planning, probate and trust administration, business formation and succession planning, and conservatorships.

Nisha graduated in the top 10% of her class from California Western School of Law in San Diego. Nisha received the 2024 Super Lawyers Rising Star award and served as the President of the San Diego Bench-Bar Committee in 2024.

Nisha lives in San Diego where she is a member of various legal and community service organizations. Nisha loves to spend her free time volunteering at local community service events, practicing yoga at the beach, hiking with friends, and cooking with her husband.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2019


  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2024
  • Deans Honor List 2016 -2019
  • California Western Law Review; Published Staff Writer

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Probate Bench-Bar Committee, President 2024, Member
  • Probate Attorney of San Diego, Member
  • Estate Planning Counsel San Diego, Member
  • Lawyer’s Club, Member
  • ProVisors, Member
  • South Asian Law Student Association, President 2017

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “Withdrawing/Withholding Life Sustaining Treatment” Probate Attorneys of San Diego Annual Symposium, Presenter 2021
  • "A Clash Between Culture and Law: A Comparative Look at the Conflict Between Quiet Title Actions in Hawaii, the Kuleana Act of 1850, and the Displacement of Indigenous People" California Western Law Review – International Journal, 2018

Community Involvement

  • Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego, Member
  • Junior League, San Diego, Member


  • Gujarati
  • Hindi