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Sep 10 2021

Feeling at Home: Bay Area Real Estate Lawyers Deal with the Deeply Personal

A real estate lawyer is generally defined as an attorney who either litigates real estate cases or handles the legal aspect of a real estate transaction. They can evaluate any offers a seller makes or a buyer receives to ensure that their parties’ interests are protected, and that everyone’s responsibilities in the transaction are clearly […]

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Aug 19 2021

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Edition

Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law Philip M. Jelley, Tax Law Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr., Trusts and Estates Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers in America rankings are based solely on […]

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Aug 18 2021

Senior Counsel Diea D. Schum Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Diea joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation, Real Estate, and Construction practices. She handles all phases of the litigation process, including appellate practice. Diea is an effective litigator who is not afraid to tackle the most complicated legal issues and tailors her approach to each client based on their objectives. Prior to joining the firm, Diea was […]

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Aug 12 2021

Congratulations to Yen Chau on her CLA Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Appointment

The Labor and Employment Law Section provides a forum for its members to further their expertise in labor and employment laws, develop their professional network, and serve the professional community and the public. Yen states, “I’m looking forward to serving on the CLA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Executive Committee to help advance its mission […]

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Jul 29 2021

Franchising and Trademarks: Where, Why and How?

Franchise definitional elements All franchise agreements are trademark licences, but not all trademark licences are franchise agreements. Although the statutory language varies among jurisdictions, a classic franchise has three core elements: The licensor grants the licensee a right to use licensor’s trademark. The licensee pays the licensor a fee, other than the wholesale price of […]

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Jul 27 2021

Senior Counsel Debbie Y. Chin Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Debbie joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Trusts and Estates and Tax practices. She focuses on sophisticated estate planning, wealth transfer planning, and tax planning for individuals and families. Debbie assists clients on the preparation and implementation of tax efficient plans for wealth preservation and transfers using a combination of strategies, such as grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), […]

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Jul 27 2021

Senior Counsel Mario M. Choi Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Mario joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation and Intellectual Property practices. He focuses on complex litigation matters, counseling, and representing clients through all phases of the litigation process. He also is experienced in representing individuals, companies, and public pension funds on a variety of securities, antitrust consumer protection, and privacy class actions. Mario earned his J.D. from […]

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Jul 7 2021

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Named 2021 Super Lawyers

Daniel B. Newbold: Estate & Trust Litigation David A. Stein: Construction Litigation Elizabeth M. Engh: Estate & Probate Jonathan McNeil Wong: Immigration Kristin A. Pace: Estate Planning & Probate Mary M. Rudser: Estate Planning & Probate Practice areas represented include estate & trust litigation, construction litigation, estate planning & probate, and immigration. The Northern California […]

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May 19 2021

Donahue Fitzgerald Elects New Partner

“We are delighted to welcome Yen to the firm’s partnership,” said Andrew MacKay, Managing Partner. “Yen is a core example of someone who demonstrates legal excellence and a client-first mentality. She characterizes what our firm stands for and we’re confident that her talent will further strengthen the firm.” Meet Donahue Fitzgerald’s newest partner: Yen Chau […]

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May 18 2021

Associate Charles J. McCurdy Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Charley joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, Music and Entertainment, and Bankruptcy practices. His intellectual property practice focuses on representing a wide range of businesses, including retail, hospitality, transportation, and construction companies. As a member of the Litigation Practice Group, he assists clients in all aspects of litigation, including pre-litigation investigation and resolution, discovery, motions […]

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