Ira's Bio

Ira Hillyer is a non-practicing attorney with extensive experience in trust services, investment management, estate planning, wealth management, planned giving / non-profits, and state government. 

He is a member of the San Francisco, Marin, and Contra Costa County Bar Associations (former Co-Chair of Estate Planning and Probate Section), East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, and past President of four Bay Area Estate Planning Councils. Ira has served on Professional Advisory Councils and Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organizations, including:

  • Northern California Planned Giving Council
  • East Bay Regional Parks Foundation (Chair, Planned Giving Committee)
  • Mt Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Diablo Regional Arts Association
  • Diablo Valley College Foundation
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum
  • Contra Costa Council (now East Bay Leadership Council)
  • Professional Advisory Councils for East Bay Community Foundation, St Mary’s College, JFK University and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation

He has written articles, and made presentations on the topic of “Choosing a Trustee.” He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and served as General Counsel for the Texas Housing Finance Agency, and Chief Counsel for a Texas Senate Committee prior to his move to Northern California. He also has a Certified Financial Planner degree from the College for Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado.

Our Story

As a Quarterback during his football playing days, Ira recognized the importance of every member of the team. Throughout his professional career, he has been motivated to be a connector in bringing together teams of advisors for individuals and families to achieve their long term goals and objectives. He is now using his diverse background in wealth management and trust services as an independent voice to assist individuals and families in  making the most appropriate decisions for their unique circumstances. His many years of serving on non-profit boards and advisory councils has also given him an awareness of the importance of thinking about the future, as well as current needs of non-profit organizations. He is able to provide assistance in the implementation of legacy giving programs that will produce both current, as well as future gifts to the organization.