Attorney Profile

bioNan Dempsey Gelardo, Esq. is an active member of the California Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association’s sections on Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law. She is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Southern District of California and the United States Tax Court.

Since obtaining her law degree in 1996, Attorney Gelardo has gained extensive experience in the areas of estate planning and domestic and international asset protection law. She has drafted hundreds of trusts of various types and has expert knowledge in entity formation and structuring. Her current practice focuses on estate planning, trust administration and asset protection.

Attorney Gelardo has a broad range of management and business experience. She possesses excellent analytical and problem solving skills that she developed as a business professional and refined during her years as an attorney. Her business and management background provide invaluable insight and understanding, which she brings to her estate planning practice.

Attorney Gelardo earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at San Diego State University where she graduated magna cum laude with distinction in the field of Psychology. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 1996. Attorney Gelardo attended California Western School of Law on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She was both a staff writer and an editor of the California Western Law Review/International Law Journal. Her credits include a published article in the prestigious California Western International Law Journal. As the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Civil Procedure and Legal Writing and Research, she has demonstrated her commitment to high achievement and excellence in the field of law.

Outside her practice of law, Attorney Gelardo participates in various sports and activities but she particularly enjoys scuba diving. She has completed over three hundred dives around the world and has attained the level of Rescue Diver, an example of her desire and ability to accept high levels of responsibility and challenge for the benefit of others. This accomplishment is also indicative of her aspiration to excel in all aspects of her life, a quality that naturally extends to her practice of law.

You can reach Attorney Nan Dempsey Gelardo at (858) 634-0464 or by e-mail at