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Christopher Duane Hirz

Estate planning Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.9   17 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

I focus my practice primarily on Estate Planning, Probate, and Family Law matters in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz County and beyond.   

Please give us a call to schedule a Free 1 Hour Consultation to discuss your legal matter at (408) 294-4525, or visit our website at www.DelPonteandHirz.com.

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Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/09/2022

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

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Christopher Duane Hirz
75 E Santa Clara St Ste 275
San Jose, CA, 95113

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Michael T. Avila | June 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer!!!
My experience with Mr. Christopher Hirz is one that I actually wish had started 3 years sooner! I was force to change representation due to poor performance, basically incompetence bordering on malpractice. My girlfriend was kind enough to help me sort thru several options thru Yelp and other social reviewing platforms. She recommended that I try 3 options and I settled on Chris after one quick meeting! We met at his office in downtown SJ for initial consult and we hit it off immediately. The office is very nice, the staff incredibly helpful and kind so it was a pretty easy choice! After our meeting, he put into place a quick plan based on my interview and we were off! I placed my retainer, provided as much new information as I could and he reviewed the rest of the information from previous counsel. Our plan was followed to a tee! The result was a total victory! I felt very strongly that my case had merit and unlike my prior attorney, he believed in me. That was the difference all along. It was never about the money, he actually refunded me half the trial retainer stating that he was going to get most of it settled at the SOC…which of course, he did! The most strategic part of our plan was to take the high road on every item possible. Don’t bite on the bait and stay focused. I must say this was more difficult than I could have ever imagined! His words and logic matched by girlfriends so it was welcomed support on both ends! I am terribly hotheaded at times and dealing with the ex can be worse than dental surgery and yet he accomplished his / our goal! His preparation, detailed and concise, was key to this trial. During the trial, he referenced documents, emails and other correspondence as if he had it memorized! His legal team, Rosa and Adrian, are awesome…! I cannot speak more highly of them both! When you are faced with the challenge of choosing counsel, please understand that the review of personal experience is an invaluable resource. I asked if I could send this review, as I felt compelled to help anyone that was in a similar situation. I truly understand the emotions that go into even filling for divorce. The decision is made more difficult because then you have to pick the right attorney! Coming from someone who picked the wrong one initially, I’m convinced that Chris Hirz is the right choice the first time! My hope is that if you’re reading this that you don’t make the wrong decision like I did… choose Chris from the very beginning…you will not be sorry, I promise!
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Posted by Michelle | May 22, 2015
Awesome Family Law lawyer, highly recommend!
I hired Chris to help me with my divorce. He was extremely helpful, hard-working and knowledgeable about Family Law. He was able to answer every question I had, offer helpful suggestions and assisted me in making the best decisions for my case. He was honest and always returned calls and emails in a timely manner. He really helped me navigate through the divorce process in the smoothest way possible. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Deb | October 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thnak YOU
Chris to the rescue. 40K in fees to a firm that was supposed to be "The Best in Northern California" with no results led us to him. Chris is a pit bull. He doesn't let up until he gets what is deserved. He knows procedure. He gets the job done. Chris is VERY aware of costs and strives for the most cost effective way to get the best result. His office staff is supportive, knowledgeable and super responsive. Without Chris we'd still be trying to dig out from under a bogus TRO with a company that does nothing but BILL. I would not think twice about hiring Chris and his staff again in the future. Thanks all!
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Posted by Felicia Mejia | April 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in town
Chris Hirz was God sent to help me finish my divorce papers I had no idea what I was doing and it was very hard on me until I reach out and meet Chris then things got better thanks so much for everything Chris
Posted by Tim | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, rich experience in family court, responsible and compassionate to clients
My divorce lawsuit lasted for six years. In the fifth year, I met Christopher Hirz. During the year of working with him, we went through several court appearances and tedious matters of various sizes. He handled everything very well. He is very experienced in family law. He has a wealth of experience in court appearances, and he is very smart at fighting for his clients on the hearing. And he has a profound knowledge of law. I strongly recommend this lawyer to everyone. With his help, your case will become smoother. Now I often think that if I hired him as my lawyer earlier, maybe my case in the first five years would go smoother and faster.
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Posted by Paul | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extensive knowledge, and prompt, professional help.
After a particularly bad breakup I had a property, and pet dispute with my ex. Chris was able to listen to the details, and come up with a few viable options for me to proceed with. When I needed him to review agreements prior to signing them, he did so promptly, and gave me better versions to use instead. His knowledge and experience not only made this whole process a lot easier, but also made me much less stressed. He was able to do all this while transitioning from his office to working from home due to the stay at home order because of covid-19. Thank you, Chris.
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Posted by Karl | March 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Couldn't ask for better service
Chris helped me with my divorce and settling with my ex-wife. I feel he went the extra mile to make me feel comfortable with making good choices through this tough time. My case was out of the area otherwise I would have just hired Chris and let him handle all of the details.
Posted by jeanne | September 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I hired Chris to represent us for a civil matter. Chris was calm and reassuring. He explained the process clearly and what we would expect. He took the time to listen to our concerns, not rush us out the door when our free consultation was up. We had a positive outcome. I highly recommend Chris Hirz.
Posted by Ray | December 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied with Chris' service
Chris is smart, knowledgeable, responsive and very professional. I really appreciate his service and would be happy to recommend him.
Posted by Mike | May 29, 2015
Worth the time and money
Chris rocks! $9,000 in lawyer fees and over a year later with nothing to show but frustration and delays from my ex I fired my lawyer and switched to Chris. Chris listened to what I was looking for in updating my divorce agreement. In less than 4 months and saving me more than 3/4's of the cost that I had already spent on my previous lawyer. Chris accomplished exactly what I initially was needing. Man I wish I knew about Chris before. Thanks for everything. His name is the first on the list when I run into someone needing help.
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Posted by Amy | May 28, 2015
Great Experience!
Chris is a great lawyer. He took care of my issue quickly and professionally . I felt clearly communicated with and understood. I recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney.
Posted by Jill | May 25, 2015
Smart, sharp, and got the job done (and quickly)
Christopher was great to work with, even in a less than great situation. He was extremely knowledgeable of the law and family law procedures, and kept me informed (and answered my million questions) along the way. I felt like he always had my best interests in mind and fought hard for me when he needed to. I don't plan to get divorced again, but I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in that situation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
Finally ... a trustworthy attorney!
Chris really came through to get me through a rough time in my life (divorce). He was honest, kind and a good person. My wife's atty. was the opposite and I think I can say that there is something to the ole saying ... "you reap what you sow". P.S - It is very difficult to find a good attorney P.SS - Cut and pasted from my Yelp review
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Posted by Anuj | December 20, 2014
Excellent Lawyer, Would highly recommend him
I sought Chris's help with a painful and complicated personal situation. Chris offered a free consultation initially during which he heard me , processed the information quickly and laid down the exact plan on how he would proceed, estimated time frame and cost with as much accuracy and transparency as possible. Chris was very honest and transparent about how his team functions, where the costs come from. During the course of the case in the subsequent months, Chris and his team were prompt at every step responding to all questions, requests with-in a day. He was also pro-active in suggesting alternatives at each step which were either better for getting a speedy judgement or financially. I was also very impressed with his knowledge about how the legal system works and understanding of nuances of the case. Things proceeded as I hoped and I got the final judgement, as Chris promised, well with-in the initial time estimates and at a lower cost than I had anticipated. There are few other things which I was impressed with - Chris offered personal advice along with professional. He understood my weak emotional situation and helped me with calming my nerves on the day of hearing which was a big deal for me. He is also very smart and at the top of his profession. He had answers to all my questions, concerns, comments at every step of the process and he seemed to have dealt with cases much more complicated than mine, which was very comforting to know. Overall, I would hope that no one in my family and friends get into a situation like mine, but if they do then I will undoubtedly recommend Chris Hirz to them.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Fantastic Representation by Christopher Hirz
Chris and his staff provided me with excellent, professional, and caring service during my case. He has an excellent understanding of the law and provided me with a smart, well strategized approach to my case. I am very happy with the outcome and felt I was in good hands with Chris. I recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2013
Excellent Representation
I found the services provided by Chris and his staff to be excellent. He was knowledgable, personable, and communicated well with me. I felt my case was in good hands with his firm.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2014
Dissatisfied
I was dissatisfied with the services provided by Christopher Hirz. My retainer was cleaned out and a lot more in a matter of weeks without even appearing at the court once and made very little progress to the case. He had his junior attorney work hours on a supplementary form to a document that was previous filed with the court. The supplemental form never got filed with the court and ended up being the most expensive, unproductive piece of document. He was very opinionated about how he wanted the case to progress and I didn't feel peace about it. I felt that I was going to lose even before we appeared at the court. This is just my opinion. Other than that, he is intelligent and knows the family law. His communication skills were good. He was good at quickly returning emails and phone calls.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law - Partner
  • Del Ponte and Hirz
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney at Law - Associate
  • Law Office of Dennis Del Ponte
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Keegan and Myers
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Community Legal Services
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Victims of Crime Resource Center
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • San Jose State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • D v. H
  • Successful litigated result
  • Marriage of M
  • Favorable Settlement for Client
  • Marriage of P
  • Multi-day child custody trial resulted in ruling in client's favor.
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Associations

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California State Bar - Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Champion Award - Platinum Level
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in San Jose
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Best Probate Attorneys in San Jose
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Best Estate Planners San Jose
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum Level
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • People Love Us on Yelp
  • Yelp.com
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum Level
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum Level
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • People Love us on Yelp
  • Yelp.com
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Law Firms for California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Law Firms for California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • People Love Us On Yelp
  • Yelp.com
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum Level
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • People Love Us on Yelp Award
  • Yelp.com
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • The Legal Network
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 2006
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Mastering Personal Property Arbitration: Selected Substantive and Procedural Issues and Problem Areas
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (15)
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Christopher Hirz. He is an outstanding family law advocate and litigator, and is highly respected in the legal communitiy."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Hirz is an excellent advocate for his clients. He is compassionate yet aggressive when the circumstances require."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, and has an excellent rapport with his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Chris on more than one case and always enjoy doing so. He is knowledgeable and an excellent advocate for his client but also fair and reasonable."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a great family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is an excellent attorney. He uses his best efforts to resolve matters on behalf of his client and is a pleasure to have as opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris and I have worked on several cases together and, despite our duty to represent our client's interests, I have never found Chris to be unprofessional or discourteous in advocating for his client. I enjoy having Chris part of our professional community."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Hirz is an excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an outstanding family law attorney. I would highly recommend him without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Chris Hirz is an extremely competent attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. Chris has the respect of all courts he appears in."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Chris is an excellent lawyer who puts the needs of his clients first and consistently applies his considerable talents towards that end."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Hirz is an extremely proficient attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. He has the respect of all the judges he appears before."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Hirz since I started practicing family law and I have come to him in the past for advice on case scenarios I have undertaken to get his opinion on what to do and to see whether my strategy was inline with his. Mr. Hirz's knowledge and grasp of family law is superior and I trust his legal opinion."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Christopher since I started the practice of law. He is a highly skilled and professional attorney that will help you navigate your way through your legal matter."
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San Jose Estate planning Lawyer Christopher Duane Hirz
Christopher Duane Hirz
Estate planning Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation