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Dennis W. Del Ponte

Estate planning Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.7   6 reviews
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  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2015
Greatly exceeded my expectations!
When I was interviewing attorneys to help me with my very nasty divorce, Dennis was recommended to my by another attorney who had worked with him on her own divorce. I'm very grateful to her for that! Dennis walks the high road and I appreciate that. The high road isn't the easy one, for sure, and he was tough on me along the way to provide disclosure, keep court appointments and timelines, and follow his instructions even when I didn't understand them. There were moments in the process that I felt completely hopeless and he assured me in a professional manner to keep to the process and do what *I* was supposed to do so he could do what he was supposed to do and then we'll get through the next step. The outcome for me was SO much better than I could have hoped for! Better support, for a longer period of time, and a responsive attorney I can call for guidance when I need it. I was able to closely observe what a not-so-good attorney looks like during this process. My ex hired a very unprofessional one. She ignored timelines, played games with disclosure, didn't respond to phone calls, made numerous mistakes that revealed that she didn't even read documents, failed to file a response and generally displayed unprofessional behavior all along the way. Dennis pointed out her mistakes and failings without being nasty. It had to be hard for him to work with that, but he managed to get it done in spite of having to deal with her lack of ethics, experience or professionalism. I continue to recommended him to my friends and clients.
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Posted by Katie T. | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Dennis Del Ponte assisted my husband and I in creating a living trust and estate plan. Dennis was a pleasure to work with and did high quality work for a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend Del Ponte and Hirz for anyone with estate planning needs.
Posted by Michael | July 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Dennis has been representing us on a Trust case. He has been thorough, and unrelenting in his commitment to the trust document while always being professional. His fees are very reasonable and knowledge of Estate planning has been invaluable
Posted by Gregory | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I contacted Dennis for Estate Planning. He was knowledgeable and thorough in his explanations, never spoke "lawyer" to me, and had a friendly manner. He was a pleasure to work with and made the process easy. I highly recommend Dennis.
Posted by P. Kumar | May 10, 2015
Dissolution of Marriage and Dissolution of Assets
Mr. Del Ponte understood a very complex case and became familiar with all of the facts. Based on that he was able to guide me throughout with the options, the risks, and potential litigation outcomes. He was realistic and carefully analyzed each option for me. Mr. Del Ponte was very diligent in trying to reach an amicable solution and succeeded in working out an amicable settlement rather than extending the litigation. In court he argued my case well and was always very well prepared with the facts, circumstances, related case law and all court processes. I would highly recommend Mr. Del Ponte for anyone looking for a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who who represents them well and looks after their best interests.
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Posted by Sonya | November 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Difficult working with him on my estate case. He is gruff and does things his way. He refused to do things I requested. The end result was satisfactory. However, now he working for the other party to handle the court approved settlement. I'm hiring another attorney to go back to court for final resolution. Dennis is fair with the fees he charges. I'm not in favor of his law practices.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Del Ponte & Herz
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Dennis Del Ponte
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Staff Attorney
  • Douglas, Zingheim & Vernon
  • 1978 - 1989
  • Public Defender
  • Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office
  • 1976 - 1978
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  • Lincoln University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Santa Clara University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Pampalone
  • All of Decedent's property documented


  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Dennis Del Ponte. He is an outstanding estate planning and family law attorney/litigator, who is highly respected in the legal community. He is very effective in crafting effective and creative solutions to complex legal issues and problems."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis is an excellent advocate and seasoned litigator who knows when and how to try a case very effectively."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis has been opposing counsel on a number of matters through the years. He is always professional and pleasant to deal with. He knows what he is doing and works towards getting a case resolved, not dragging it out."
Estate planning Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Del Ponte is an extremely proficient attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. He has the respect of all the judges and opposing counsel in all of his cases."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dennis is an excellent lawyer. I endorse him 100%."
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San Jose Estate planning Lawyer Dennis W. Del Ponte
Dennis W. Del Ponte
Estate planning Attorney
San Jose, CA
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