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Denise E Chambliss

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Pleasanton, CA

3.4   5 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 26 years
    Texas - TX 27 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Voluntary Resignation No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Denise

Learn Denise’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    50%
    Trust contest, will contest, undue influence, accounting, removal, surcharge, modification, reformation of testamentary documents, contested conservatorship.

    28 years

  2. Trusts
    20%
    Trust and Estate Litigation. Assist in resolution and trial of contested testamentary instruments.

    20 years

  3. Elder law
    10%
    Financial elder abuse, undue influence, contested conservatorships, durable power of attorney disputes

    20 years

  4. Probate
    10%
    Trust and Estate Litigation. Assist in resolution and trial of contested testamentary instruments.

    20 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Will contests, reformation, contested probate, undue influence, financial elder abuse

    20 years

I am a trial attorney with a focus on disputed inheritance cases, such as trust contests and estate/probate, as well as defending trustees against claims.  My practice covers pre-litigation dispute resolution, litigation, mediation, negotiated settlement, trials and appeals.  My practice covers most of California, with an emphasis in the counties in the Bay Area, which are Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.  I have been recognized as a California Super Lawyer each year since 2015 and nationally as a Best Lawyer since 2021 for my practice in trust and estate litigation.

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Location

Hoge Fenton
6801 Koll Center Pkwy
Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA, 94566
Hoge Fenton
55 South Market Street, Suite 900
San Jose, CA, 95113
Hoge Fenton
411 Borel Ave., Suite 310
San Mateo, CA, 94402
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Reviews

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Posted by Janine | January 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extreme trust fraud
I had a very emotional case of trust fraud. My brother stole all of my inheritance and Denise handled this with honesty, patience and willingness to see justice prevail. Eventually it finally did. Could never have gone through this process without her!!!
Posted by David | July 31, 2012
Highly recommended
Denise E Chambliss came highly recommended by an associate, and I am pleased to be able to pass on a similar recommendation. I had a client that was refusing to settle their account and I was facing a fairly substantial business loss. I hired Ms Chabliss to collect the money owed. Ms Chambliss was thorough, personable and realistic, offering what I believe was the best course of action throughout the process. Upon conclusion of the matter, she followed up with some information that will help my company avoid a similar situation in the future. I highly recommend her work.
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Posted by Julie | January 25, 2011
Great litigator!
Denise handled my litigation matter efficiently and compassionately. She understood the emotional strain a client suffers and empathized while being realistic in setting expectations. She is well versed in litigation tactics and in the underlying law of my case, and obtained a good settlement for me. I highly recommend Denise.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
wasted time and added to emotional stress
I spoke once to Denise and she suggested a process forward and asked for a check to continue the case my sister and I were pursuing. After more than adequate time for her to receive the check at first she didn't even know who I was when I called. Then she was totally rude in cutting me off and telling me she wasn't taking the case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2012
Worst Legal Experience Possible
We retained Denise to negotiate a settlement agreement for my son's estate after he passed away Christmas Day 2011. We hired her because she assured us, given all the facts of the situation, that she could help us avoid probate. Out of the many attorneys we spoke with this was the key motivation for retaining Denise. Our main goal was to save our family the pain of a lengthy legal process after our loss. Her first recommendation to us after receiving a retainer was to file for probate. Her actions during a very sensitive turning point cost all of us dearly, in legal fees and in emotional health. She alienated the parties by bolstering the party's attorney rather than proposing a settlement agreement. We canceled our retainer check. To make matters worse she is actually going to take my living son and I to small claims court over $2500. After the loss of my son.... the worst decision I made was talking to this firm and to Denise Chambliss.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder and Attorney (Litigation)
  • Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Houston
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wilkin v. Nelson (2020) 45 Cal.App.5th 802
  • Published Appellate Opinion
  • Foust v. Foust
  • Obtained Judgment after Trial to defeat real property interests based on invalid asset protection trust
  • Layhee v. Layhee
  • Negotiated settlement of benefiary claims against trustee
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Associations

  • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Director; Program Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Trial Section Executive Committee, Alameda County Bar Assn
  • Chair
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Trial Practice Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • California Best Lawyers - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Trust and Estate Litigation, Super Lawyer, Northern California
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Publications

  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act Adopted in California
  • 2022
  • California Trusts and Estates Quarterly
  • California’s Adoption of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act
  • 2022
  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • Standing to Sue Expands in Revocable Trust Disputes
  • 2013
  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • The 'treat 'em like they're dead' Remedy: Inheritance Forfeiture and Elder Abuse (Probate Code 259)
  • 2011
  • Alameda County Bar Association Bulletin
  • Addition of Alter Ego to Default Judgment
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • No More Fractional Discounts: California’s Adoption of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act
  • 2022
  • Webinar
  • Attorney’s Fee Awards to Trust Beneficiaries,
  • 2022
  • Conference
  • Contesting Trusts and Wills
  • 2022
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Undue Influence Contest In Will And Trust Litigation Under Probate Code §86 and Family Code §721
  • 2017
  • Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council
  • Dealing with Difficult Beneficiares: Risks and Rewards
  • 2015
  • C.E.B. Basics of Estate Planning Seminar, Monterey
  • Drafting a Will v. a Pour-over Will Presentation
  • 2015
  • Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • Dealing with Difficult Beneficiares: Risks and Rewards
  • 2014
  • MCLE Presentation, Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Lintz v. Lintz Case of Undue Influence and Financial Spousal Abuse
  • 2014
  • CEB Workshop, San Francisco
  • Will Drafting Comprehensive Training
  • 2013
  • Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council
  • Assessment and Litigation of Capacity in Trust and Estate Cases: Medical and Legal Perspectives
  • 2012
  • Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel Litigation Group
  • "Lost Your Marbles?": Updates on Judicial Determination of Testamentary Capacity
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Denise
Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Denise and I have been opposite each other on several cases (either directly or with other attorneys in my firm). She is a tenacious litigator who fights hard for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise is a sharp and hard-working attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Denise Chambliss for over 15 years. She is a smart and effective attorney. She is the "go to" person for trust and estate litigation in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area."
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