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Hoge Fenton Promotes Attorneys Karen Meckstroth and Eugene Ashley to Shareholder

By Hoge Fenton | 01.8.2019 | Firm Post

    SAN JOSE, Calif.  — January 8, 2019 — Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, today announced the promotion of Karen A. Meckstroth and Eugene “Geno” Ashley to shareholder status, effective January 1, 2019. Meckstroth chairs the Trusts and Estates Group and has led the growth of the team in sophisticated estate planning, charitable planning, and the representation of tax exempt organizations. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law under the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. She works closely with clients, including Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and young generations of legacy families, to create estate plans designed to have a positive impact on family members and the community, in addition to tax planning. Ashley is an instrumental contributor to the firm’s Business Litigation and Real Estate Groups. As a veteran trial lawyer, his experience ranges from “bet the company” lawsuits with multimillion-dollar outcomes to prosecuting and defending actions arising out of contract and business torts, unfair business practices, trade secrets claims, and complex construction and real estate disputes. Both Meckstroth and Ashley came to Hoge Fenton with distinguished legal careers. Meckstroth previously worked for Bingham McCutchen LLP and Hopkins & Carley. Ashley was a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, where he was a member of the Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Practice Groups. He also served as the firm’s General Counsel. “I joined Hoge Fenton to work with some of the most talented and trusted estate planning attorneys and litigators in […]

David W. Mitchell Passes

By Hoge Fenton | 01.2.2019 | Firm Post

With profound sadness, Hoge Fenton announces the death of our longtime colleague and friend, David W. Mitchell. Dave passed away on December 19th at the age of 83 after a battle with lymphoma. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law, Dave joined Hoge Fenton as a shareholder in 1993, the only attorney ever to do so. His practice was dedicated to family business succession, sophisticated estate planning, and nonprofit law. Many businesses and nonprofit organizations came to rely heavily on Dave’s wise counsel over the decades, earning him the affectionate office nickname of ‘consigliere.’ In recent years Dave became Of Counsel to the firm in an (largely unsuccessful) effort to scale back his law practice, allowing him to dedicate more of his time and efforts to philanthropic endeavors – of which there were many. Dave was a longtime member of the Board of Directors for Peninsula Open Space Trust, providing many years of sophisticated legal advice to the organization. An Eagle Scout, he cared deeply about the POST mission and was committed to protecting open space for future generations. He also was dedicated to the Rotary Club of San Jose, attending a meeting just the week before he passed away, and was a leader in the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto for more than 50 years. “Give more than you take,” reflected Dan Ballesteros, Hoge Fenton’s Managing Shareholder. “Dave was a brilliant attorney and a caring individual who lived by this credo, and inspired others to do the […]

Hoge Fenton Welcomes Cara Mae Acibo

By Hoge Fenton | 12.4.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton congratulates our newest associate, Cara Mae Acibo. Yesterday Cara was sworn in by Hoge Fenton alumni, the Honorable Peter H. Kirwan. A 2018 graduate of Santa Clara Law School, Cara has been recognized for her academic achievements. She was an Emery Merit scholar and a recipient of the High Tech Law Certificate, with honors. Cara joins our Business Litigation Group and will assist clients with their litigation needs. Congratulations Cara! View her professional profile here.

Hoge Fenton Recognized in Two Practice Areas in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

By Hoge Fenton | 11.16.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton has been recognized in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Selection for inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” consists of rigorous methodology and reflects the quality of legal services provided by the firm.  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and includes 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This year Hoge Fenton’s Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates Law practice areas have been recognized.  Hoge Fenton is proud of its continued inclusion in such notable rankings.

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