Palo Alto and San Jose, Calif. – December 6, 2016 - Hopkins & Carley, a leading Silicon Valley law firm for more than 45 years, announced today that three attorneys have been elected shareholders effective January 1, 2017. In addition, four associates recently have joined the firm, bringing the number of new attorneys joining the firm in 2016 to 10.

“I’m delighted that we are welcoming three very talented attorneys as shareholders of the firm. Their practice areas reflect two of our core strengths – estate planning and real estate. The client demand for experienced practitioners with proven legal acumen in those areas continues to grow,” said Jeff Essner, Managing Shareholder of Hopkins & Carley. “In addition, they all exhibit the collegial spirit and dedication to clients that are hallmarks of Hopkins & Carley attorneys.”

The new shareholders are:

David Brown (San Jose, Real Estate). David joined the firm in 2007. He specializes in transactional real estate, including commercial leasing, purchase and sale contracts, and representing homeowners and condominium associations. Before joining Hopkins & Carley, David was an in-house counsel for two nationally recognized wireless communications carriers; he continues to work extensively with clients in the tech and telecommunications industries.  

John Golden (Palo Alto, Family Wealth & Tax Planning). John joined Hopkins & Carley in 2014 after 30 years of practice in San Mateo. His practice focuses on wealth planning, including related business formations, audits and tax returns. He also frequently advises clients on real estate matters and trust and estate litigation. John is a California Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Law. 

Jim Hager (San Jose, Family Wealth & Tax Planning). Jim rejoined Hopkins & Carley in 2014; he is one of several Hopkins & Carley “boomerangs” who joined, left and then returned to the firm during their careers. Jim’s tax background (which includes an LL.M. and experience as a partner in a public accounting firm) makes him uniquely suited to advise clients on a broad range of strategic planning matters, from structuring their estates, business enterprises, and family foundations, to financing sports stadiums. Jim is Co-Chair, along with Chuck Packer, of the Family Wealth & Tax Planning Practice. 

Hopkins & Carley’s Family Wealth & Tax Planning practice is one of only five firms ranked for Private Wealth law in Northern California by the Chambers High Net Worth 2016 Guide. Also, both the Family Wealth and Real Estate practices are ranked in Tier 1 by the 2017 U.S. News Best Law Firms publication.

The associates who recently joined Hopkins & Carley are: 

Jennifer Mispagel (San Jose, Family Wealth & Tax Planning). Jennifer is a 2008 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. She represents individuals, families, and third party representatives in estate planning, wealth preservation and transfer, business formation, family business organizations, estate and trust administration and probate.

Jamie Pereyda (San Jose, Litigation). Jamie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016. She also holds a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Jamie recently was a judicial extern in the United States District Court for the Honorable Beth Freeman.                                                                                           

Alyssa Scott (San Jose, Litigation). Alyssa is a 2011 graduate of Columbia University School of Law. She specializes in a broad range of commercial disputes involving complex contracts, commercial banking, real estate and non-competition and trade secrets. She also has extensive trust and estate litigation experience.

Anthony Verdugo (Palo Alto, Corporate). Anthony is a 2013 graduate of UC-Hastings Law School. His practice focuses on business transactions, including technology, M&A and real estate transactions, entity formations and corporate and partnership tax.

About Hopkins & Carley

Hopkins & Carley is a premier Silicon Valley law firm with offices in San Jose and Palo Alto. Meeting the legal needs of entrepreneurs, business owners, midsize and public companies, and high-net-worth individuals in a variety of industries for more than 45 years, Hopkins & Carley specializes in business litigation, intellectual property, real estate, employment, estate planning, and corporate, tax and business transactions.