August 2021

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Sideman & Bancroft and its Attorneys as Leaders in Estate Planning and Family Law in 2021 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 prestigious 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).

The annual Chambers HNW guide provides 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. 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.

Sideman & Bancroft’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 group was recognized in the 2021 HNW guide as being one of the “top boutique estate planning groups in the entire San Francisco Bay Area,” with a “high-calibre” team that is “thoughtful, thorough, innovative and collaborative.” Partner Hilary Pierce is “very capable” in the practice area, said one interviewee, while Partner Ellen Kahn was observed to be “very empathetic to client family situations.” Another added, “she is also an excellent listener, a very valuable skill when dealing with such complex topics as tax law and estate planning.”

Attorneys in the firm’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 2021 HNW guide for its expertise in marital agreements, marriage dissolutions, and both family mediation and litigation matters. Sideman & Bancroft is a “great firm in San Francisco,” commented a peer, who added, “I enjoy working with them; they are highly regarded and they know what they are doing.” Another source adds that Monica Mazzei is “very competent and smart,” in her practice serving high net worth clients.