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Bob has been practicing law in San Mateo since 1982.  He is a native of the peninsula.  Interests include rowing, tennis and soccer when he is not practicing law.  Bob is married to Chris Vale. The couple has one child, Harrison, who currently attends Berkeley.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 20%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    30 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 10%
    15 years, 20 cases
  5. Power Of Attorney: 10%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

2070 Pioneer Ct
San Mateo, CA, 94403


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dorothy M. Wolfe AwardSan Mateo County Legal Aid Society2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcdowall Cotter APC1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Special Needs Plannersmember2007 - Present
WealthCounselMember2004 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Associationmember1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2002
University of Santa ClaraBusinessMaster of Business Administration1979
Univ of California DavisN/AundergraduateN/A
McGeorge SOL Univ of the PacificN/AlawN/A