Giving Back

Giving Back

At Hopkins & Carley, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we work and live.  We honor and continue the tradition started by John Hopkins, our founder, of using our abilities and resources for the benefit of others, whether we are helping the community gain access to our legal system through pro bono work, providing financial support or devoting personal time in volunteer service to non-profit, civic and professional organizations.

We value the well-being of our community as we would that of our own children.
– John Hopkins, Founder

Our people take a personal interest in the vitality of the communities around Silicon Valley, and our firm strongly supports individual commitments to community service and leadership.  For nearly 50 years, our attorneys and staff have demonstrated their commitment by serving on the governing boards and in leadership positions of many organizations.  We have also successfully tried numerous pro bono white-collar criminal cases for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office.  Recent examples of volunteer leadership roles held by Hopkins & Carley employees include Mayor of Gilroy, Chair of the San Jose City Council Planning Commission, Chairs of the Palo Alto and Silicon Valley/San Jose Chambers of Commerce, and board and executive leadership positions in Black Women Lawyers of California, Boy Scouts of America, California Women Lawyers, March of Dimes, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Rotary Club and the YMCA. 

For a list that captures our commitment, involvement, and common desire to give back to our communities, please click below:

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
Allonn Levy, Past President/Chair and Vice Chairperson 

Alum Rock Counseling Center
Jennifer S. Coleman, Advisory Board Member

Bill Wilson Center
Erika Gasaway, Board Member

Boy Scouts of America, Pacific Skyline Council
Garth E. Pickett, Executive Board Member and Past Council President 

City of Gilroy
Perry Woodward, Former Mayor

City of San Jose Mayor’s Arts 20/20 Task Force
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Chair

Community Gatepath Advisory Board
Gail M. Hashimoto, Board of Directors

CreaTV San Jose
Jennifer S. Coleman, Board of Directors

El Camino Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Council
Laurie-Ann Look, Member  

Good Karma Bikes
William S. Klein, Board Chair

Graceful Giving
Maria S. Bellafronto, Co-Founder 

Happy Hollow Foundation
Matthew P. James, Board of Directors  

IP Justice
Allonn E. Levy, Board of Directors  

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Charles H. Packer, Chair of the Legal and Tax Professional Subcommittee

Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay
Jedidiah L. Dooley, Advisory Board Member     

Junior League of San Jose
Dori L. Kilmer, Board of Directors 

Leadership San Jose
Dori L. Kilmer, Class of 2009
Jedidiah L. Dooley, Class of 2011
Erika J. Gasaway, Class of 2015

Little Italy San Jose
Maria S. Bellafronto, Advisory Board Member 

Los Altos Community Foundation Planned Giving Council
Laurie-Ann Look, Member 

Notre Dame High School
Dori L. Kilmer, Board of Directors

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
Peter F. Stone, Chair of the Board of Directors

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Peter LaBoskey, Former Board Member 

Peninsula Joint Powers Authority
Perry Woodward, Board of Directors (Caltrain), Chair of the Board of Directors

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Joan R. Gallo, Chair, Board of Directors 

REACH Youth Scholarships
Ryan D. Cunningham, Board Member  

Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation
Jay M. Ross, Board of Directors
Chuck Reed 1990-Present, Director 1996-99

San Jose Downtown Association
Liam O’Connor, Treasurer and Executive, and Finance Committee Board Member
Cory B. Cullen, Historic District Committee Member
Chuck Reed, Director 1988-95, President 1989

San Jose’s First Community Housing
Matthew P. James, Board Member

San Jose Planning Commission
Dori L. Kilmer, Past Chair
Chuck Reed, Past Chair
Jay M. Ross, Former 2-Term Chair 

Santa Clara University Planned Giving Advisory Council
Charles H. Packer, Chair  

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Perry Woodward, Member
Chuck Reed, Member

Second Harvest Food Bank
Mark Heyl, Former Board Member

Silicon Valley Bar Association
Ellen McKissock, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section

Silicon Valley Creates
Cary Chien, Board Member
Gail M. Hashimoto, Past President and Board of Directors
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Former Chair

Silicon Valley FACES
Daniel F. Pyne, Board Member 

Silicon Valley March of Dimes
Jeffrey Essner, Chair, Annual Fundraising Event Committee   

Silicon Valley Organization (SVO)
William S. Klein, Former Legal Counsel and Past Board Chair
Chuck Reed, Director 1984-92, Chair of the Board of Directors 1990

Silicon Valley Organization (SVO) PAC
Jay M. Ross, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Former Chair
Cary Chien, Board Member

Silicon Valley Organization (SVO) NextGen
Jedidiah L. Dooley, Board Member

Silicon Valley Talent Partnership
Chuck Reed, Board Chair

Thirty One Women
Maria S. Bellafronto, Co-Founder 
Dori L. Kilmer, Member
Karen Reinhold, Member

YMCA – Palo Alto
Peter F. Stone, Board Member and Fundraising Program Organizer

YMCA of Santa Clara Valley
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Board of Directors and Executive Committee

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