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Michael T. Yu

Professor of Law

LL.M. New York University [taxation]
J.D. Columbia University
A.B. Harvard College [cum laude government]
225 Cedar Street
(619) 525-1695
Trusts & Estates, Community Property, Federal Income Tax, and Estate & Gift Tax

Michael Yu currently serves as an Associate Professor of Law (with tenure) at California Western School of Law. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law (Spring 2012) and as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Fall 2012).

Before teaching, he worked in private practice as a trusts and estates and tax lawyer in San Francisco and in Los Angeles. Before working in private practice, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas B. Wells, Judge, United States Tax Court, and, during law school, he served as an extern law clerk to The Honorable Theodore H. Katz, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. His teaching and research interests are in trusts and estates and tax law.


  • Michael T. Yu, Towards a New California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, 39 Loy. LA Ent. L. Rev. 115 (2018-2019).
  • Michael T. Yu, Deductions in a Proposed Calculation and Allocation of Distributable Net Income to the Separate Shares of a Trust or Estate, 5 Pitt. Tax Rev. 123 (2008).

Online reviews

  • Michael T. Yu, Disclaimers and Family Settlement Agreements as Possible Solutions to Election Out and Document Construction Problems, JOTWELL (August 18, 2011) (reviewing S. Alan Medlin, F. Ladson Boyle & Howard M. Zaritsky, 2010: It Was A Very Good Year . . . To Die—Or Was It?, 45 Real Prop. Tr. & Est. L.J. 589 (2011)).
  • Michael T. Yu, Estate Taxation of Reversions, JOTWELL (October 11, 2010) (reviewing F. Philip Manns, Jr., New Reasons to Remember the Estate Taxation of Reversions, 44 Real Prop.Tr. & Est. L.J. 323 (2009)).