Mary Korkodian is an estate planner and probate/trust litigator with Baker, Burton & Lundy. Prior to joining the firm, Mary worked as a Contract Administration Director (and later In-House Counsel) at a commercial real estate management company, where she evaluated overall risk profiles for leases and tenants, negotiated and drafted various real estate contracts on behalf of high net worth real estate investors, resolved contractual disputes, and worked with outside counsel on numerous breach of contract lawsuits.
With many estates consisting of real property, Mary’s clients benefit from her 16 years of real estate experience when drafting an estate plan. She understands and appreciates the importance of reducing liability, protecting assets her clients have worked hard to acquire, and ensuring they are passed on to their loved ones.
Mary’s interest in the law started at an early age. Her interest turned into passion over the course of her real estate career, where she became fascinated by the mechanics of the law (and the policies behind them) in light of an array of legal issues she encountered. In following her passion, Mary attended law school and graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she was top 6% of her class and an associate editor of the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal. During law school, Mary was the recipient of the Distinguished Advocate Award for her compelling performance in the David M. Gill Trial Competition and five Academic Excellence Awards: Contracts I, Trial Practice, Legal Skills II, Insurance Law and Litigation, and Professional Responsibility and Advanced Legal Writing. Mary externed for the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia at the United States District Court, Southern District of California, where she was acknowledged for her contributions to Judge Battaglia’s 2019 Edition of Disclosure and Discovery Manual Under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
While Mary is a proud Los Angeles native, her cultural appreciation and adventurous spirit has sent her solo-traveling to over 18 countries spanning 4 continents over the years. Mary is passionate about empowering young women to elevate themselves and was a mentor with WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing opportunities for the youth. As an animal-lover, she has volunteered at many animal shelters and is the proud owner of her two rescue cats, Grayson and Fiona.
- State Bar of California 2020
- California Dept. of Real Estate; Broker’s License, 2006
- California Western School of Law, San Diego
- J.D., 2020, Magna Cum Laude
- Law Review: Associate Editor at California Western Law Review and International Law Journal
- Recipient of David M. Gill Trial Competition Distinguished Advocate Award
- University of California, Irvine
- B.A. Criminology, 2003
- Dean’s Honor List, six-time recipient
- California State Bar Association, Member
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- California Lawyers Association, Member