Meet the Attorneys at Black & McGhee, A. P. L. C.:

Kimberly R. McGhee - Attorney At Law:

Kimberly R. McGhee Ms. McGhee is an elder law attorney with Black & McGhee, A Professional Law Corporation, who focuses her practice on advocating and protecting her clients' best interests. She has a strong background in commercial litigation which gives her clients an advantage when she assists them plan for and protect their future. She possesses a broad range of experience in the areas of estate planning, elder law, long-term care planning, asset protection, retirement planning, banking, real estate and legal ethics. She uses her knowledge and passion to provide her clients with a complete plan for caring for themselves or their loved ones, asset preservation and to ensure that her clients' wishes are respected.

She is a member of the State Bars of California and Nevada, Vice-President of the Southern California National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Vice-Chair of the North County Bar Association California Conference of Delegates, Board member of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center and Board member and Secretary of the San Diego Dementia Consortium. She takes an active role in the dementia and elder care community providing hands-on support to not only the San Diego Dementia Consortium and Southern Caregiver Resource Center, but other community organizations, such as Alzheimer's San Diego.

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • Associate Editor, California Western Law Review
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Barbara L. Major of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Law Clerk and Certified Law Student, Office of the California Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division, San Diego, California
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A. in Economics

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


LANGUAGES: English   Email: Kim McGhee

Karen E. Black - Attorney At Law:

Karen Black Certified Specialist Probate, Trusts, Edler Law. Estate Planning Certified Specialist CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization; Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation accredited by the California State Bar, VA Accredited Attorney.

Position: Attorney. Admitted to bar, 1983, California; 1986, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.

EDUCATION: San Diego State University (B.S. in Business Administration, 1979); University of San Diego (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1982); National Law Center; George Washington University (LL.M., in Taxation with highest honors, 1986).

ORGANIZATIONS: North County Bar Association San Diego (1986 to present) - Board of Directors (1992-1995, secretary 1992); Tax Section (Chair 1989-1991); Founder and member - Elder Law Section; Member - Probate Section; Delegate to State Bar Convention (1991-2001). Member - State Bar of California; Law Advisory Commission of the California Board of Specialization, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Section, 1997-1999, chair 2000. Member - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Southern California Chapter of NAELA, Past President. Associate Professor, Probate, Elder Law, Palomar Community College (Paralegal program); Superior Court of San Diego County - Judge Pro Tem (since 1992); Attorney Arbitration Panel (since 1992)

PUBLICATIONS: The Law and You, weekly article, North County Times 1993-2000, Code of Conduct, a novel, (see below).

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish   Email: Karen Black
Code of Conduct, book written by Karen Black, inspired by Cole Black, and his Vietnam ex-POW buddies, whose combined experiences provided the details for the prison episodes
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Read more here about: Code of Conduct a novel, written by Karen Black.
Karen's husband Cole Black spent almost seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, his POW experiences provided the inspiration and background for the novel. The personal relationship portion of the book is purely fictional. But the prison scenes are based on actual events that happened to the POWs in Vietnam.