Hoge Fenton Names Three New Shareholders

By Hoge Fenton | 01.4.2023 | Firm Announcements

San Jose, Calif., January 4, 2023 – Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California multi-service law firm, is pleased to announce the elevation of Ron C. FinleyJulie W. Wann, and Dennis S. Zell to shareholder status effective January 1, 2023.

“Our newly appointed shareholders further strengthen our outstanding group of attorneys and the future leadership of the firm,” says Daniel W. Ballesteros, Managing Shareholder of Hoge Fenton. “Ron, Julie, and Dennis each exemplify the core values of the firm: exceptional client service, serving our community, and being extraordinary lawyers.”

Finley is Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Security Practice Group. He is a highly skilled and dedicated litigator who has represented corporations, partnerships, and individuals in high-stakes lawsuits in state, federal, and appellate courts, including many federal district courts around the U.S.

Wann is a crucial contributor to the firm’s Corporate, Tax, and Estates & Trusts practice groups. She focuses on individual, partnership, and corporate taxation, and the formation of limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, and nonprofits. Wann works closely with her clients, advising them in estate and tax planning, wealth transfer, and estate and trust administration.

Zell chairs the firm’s Appellate practice group and is a key player in our Appellate, Business Litigation, and Trust and Estate Litigation practice areas. He is an accomplished attorney with over 25 years of civil litigation experience, including trial and appellate work in both California and Federal courts. Zell is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters including trusts, real estate transactions, commercial leases, business contracts, business torts, corporate governance disputes, and insurance.

Our newest Shareholders came to Hoge Fenton with established legal careers. Finley founded Beck, Bismonte & Finley, LLP, where he was a managing partner and practiced for 15 years. Wann previously worked at Hopkins & Carley and was also a senior tax associate at Arthur Andersen LLP, where she specialized in international tax consulting and planning for multinational corporations. Zell was a general practitioner at the Zell Law Firm and a senior litigation associate for Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley, & Babu, and Coddington, Hicks & Danforth, LLP.

Hoge Fenton is a multi-service law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the Tri-Valley and Peninsula. Our attorneys are highly focused practitioners who provide our clients with superior service and trusted counsel. Our dedicated attorneys help clients reach their business and/or personal goals. As a member of Mackrell International, a premier network of independent law firms in 60 countries, the firm’s reach extends around the world. Mackrell International has been named a Top Ranked Chambers Global Leading Law Firm Network.

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