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About me

My family and I enjoy bicycling, hiking, frisbee golf, exploring local history and gardening.  We love to try new activities and often have weekend adventures.  I am an active member of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and have served on the board of a small opera company in Palo Alto.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    7 years, 360 cases
  2. Elder Law: 25%
    7 years, 150 cases
  3. Tax: 10%
    7 years, 60 cases
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    7 years, 30 cases



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Cash, Check

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Contact info

Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP

2300 Geng Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CompetitorPhillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition2009
CompetitorStanford Invitational Mock Trial Competition2009
Litigation Certificate, with HonorsGolden Gate University School of Law2009
Cali Award for Academic Excellence, Pre-Trial LitigationGolden Gate University School of Law2008
EditorGolden Gate University Annual Survey of International Law2008
Masters Degree ScholarshipSan Jose State University2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGilfix & La Poll Associates2013 - Present
AttorneyCarney, Sugai & Sudweeks, LLP2010 - 2013
AttorneyThe Schinner Law Group2010 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2014 - Present
The National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyMember2013 - Present
Foundation Fighting BlindnessMember2011 - Present
J. Reuben Clarke Law SocietyMember2008 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationChair, Executive Committee, Trust and Estates Section2013 - 2014
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationCo-Chair of Education Committee2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate PlansSuccessfully drafted dozens of estate plans
Long Term Care PlanningClient obtained government benefits and assets protected from recovery
Real Estate NegotiationClient received fair market value buyout
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2010
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Training, Office of the Public Guardian, Santa Clara CountyPersonal Property Transfers2014
Silicon Valley CalCPAProfessionals Serving as Trustees2014
Silicon Valley CalCPAThe Crisis of Medi-Cal Long Term Care2014
Mendocino Community Foundation Professional Advisors RoundtableProfessionals Serving as a Trustee2014
Mendocino Community Foundation Professional Advisors RoundtableIRA Trusts: Using Retirement Accounts in Estate Planning2014
Attorneys Roundtable; Silicon Valley Bar AssociationIRA Trusts; Using Retirement Accounts in Trusts and Estate Planning2014
Attorney Roundtable; Silicon Valley Bar AssociationDurable Powers of Attorney: A Guide to Planning for Flexibility and Avoiding Financial Abuse2014
Citibank Private Client Services Group10 Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them2010