July 2020

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Sideman & Bancroft and its Attorneys as Leaders in Estate Planning and Family Law in 2020 High Net Worth Guide


Sideman & Bancroft is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again recognized the firm’s Estate Planning and Family Law practices as well as three of the firm’s attorneys in its annual High Net Worth (HNW) Guide, which ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.

Sideman & Bancroft was ranked in the Private Wealth Law (Northern California) category and in Family/Matrimonial Law: High Net Worth (California). Additionally, Ellen I. Kahn and Hilary C. Pierce received rankings in Private Wealth Law (Northern California). Monica Mazzei was ranked in Family/Matrimonial Law: High Net Worth (California).

Attorneys in Sideman & Bancroft’s Family Law group take a comprehensive approach to the complex financial and emotional issues facing clients during what can be challenging transitions. The group was recognized in the 2020 HNW guide for being in the “top tier of firms doing work in San Francisco.” Another source adds that Monica Mazzei is a “high-level attorney” who “really understands the issues” and is “effective at getting her clients good results.”

The firm’s Estate Planning group is composed of partner-level attorneys with a breadth of knowledge and experience gained through well over 100 years of law practice. The “first-class” team was recognized for being “exceptionally bright, well researched, thorough and thoughtful,” as well as “top in their industry.” Partner Ellen Kahn “is the best estate planning attorney I’ve worked with in San Francisco,” commented one source, who added: “She is very creative and has a super good bedside manner.” Hilary Pierce “has a good way with people,” said one interviewee, with another observing that she “is excellent and down to earth. She is really smart, approachable and practical.”

The Chambers HNW guide is aimed toward the international private wealth market, providing information on the top attorneys and law firms for wealthy families and individuals, as well as top accounting and tax firms, private banks, and wealth management firms. The recommendations are based on in-depth analysis provided by Chambers and Partners’ team of experienced researchers. The guide is used by family offices and professional advisers to high net worth individuals. Attorney rankings are based on independent private wealth researchers who perform hundreds of interviews with lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisers, bankers, investment managers and real estate agents in order to glean a comprehensive understanding of the private wealth sector.The 2020 HNW guide ranks 1,574 total organizations and 2,932 individual lawyers in 55 jurisdictions globally.