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  1. Trusts: 50%
    33 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 50%



Hourly ($435/hour)

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  • Sheri Lynn Sudweeks

    Ellen is a consummate professional. I have worked with her on a number of cases, educational programs, and bar association endeavors. In every situation she is prepared, organized, competent and professional. I frequently recommend her to my clients in need of litigation counsel because I know that I can trust her to zealously advocate for them and to act in their best interest.


    Sheri Sudweeks Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation

70 So. First Street
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
TWIN AwardYWCA2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHopkins & Carley2002 - Present
Outside counselCity of Santa Clara, Electric Utility1996 - 2002
AssociateThelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges1986 - 1996
AssociateBooth, Mitchel, Strange & Smith1983 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Subcommittee on Trusts & EstatesExecutive Committee2013 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationPresident2013 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2011 - Present
Morgan Hill Library Culture & Arts CommissionChair2009 - 2010
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationChair, Executive Committee2009 - 2011
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationChair, Education Committee2008 - 2009
Leadership Morgan HillClass member2007 - 2008
Morgan Hill Library Culture & Arts CommissionCommissioner2007 - 2011
Charter School of Morgan Hill, Steering CommitteeMember of Steering Committee2000 - 2001
Charter School of Morgan HillPro Bono Counsel to the Board1999 - 2010
Women Lawyer's Committee, Santa Clara County BarPresident1996 - 1997
Women Lawyer's Committee, Santa Clara County BarMember1990 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Daily Journal"If You Can't Swindle Them, Marry Them"2014
Trust & Estates Quarterly"A New Use for Confidential Marriages: Elder Abuse"2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of CaliforniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts with Distinction1980
University of California - BerkeleyJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southern California Tax & Estate"A New Use for Confidential Marriage: Elder Abuse"2013
Mock Trial"But He Loves Her"2012
National Business Institute"Litigating the Case in Probate Court"2010
Silicon Vallen Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar, Southern California Estate and Tax"Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nearly Every Statute of Limitation", Silicon Valley Bar, April 2009; San Mateo County Bar, March 2010; San Diego, 2010; California State Bar, Trust & Estates Section, January 20112009
San Jose Estate Planning CouncilThe New No Contest Clause Statute, California Probate Code section 213102009
Silicon Valley Bar Association"3:10 the Road to Discoveryville: Discovery in Probate Court is not Like in the Movies" presented with the Hon. Socrates Manoukian2007
Silicon Vallen Bar Association, and Young Lawyers"Probate Court Jurisdiction" Silicon Valley Bar2007