July 2019

Sideman & Bancroft’s Family Law and Estate Planning Practices, Partners Recognized in the 2019 Chambers High Net Worth Guide


Chambers and Partners has once again recognized Sideman & Bancroft’s Estate Planning and Family Law practices as well as four of the firm’s attorneys in the its annual High Net Worth (HNW) guide. This is the third consecutive year Sideman & Bancroft has been included in the Chambers HNW Guide, which ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.

The firm was ranked Band 2 in the Private Wealth Law (Northern California) and Band 3 in Family/Matrimonial Law: High Net Worth (California). Additionally, Ellen Kahn and Hilary Pierce received Band 2 rankings in Private Wealth Law (Northern California). Diana Richmond was ranked Band 2 and Monica Mazzei Band 4 in Family/Matrimonial Law: High Net Worth (California).

Sideman & Bancroft’s Estate Planning Group is composed of partner-level attorneys with a breadth of knowledge and experience gained through close to 100 years of law practice. Recognized in the HNW guide for being “a best of the best firm that consistently provides a high level of professional expertise that ultra-affluent clients are accustomed to and expect,” another source added that Sideman & Bancroft is “one of the most important estate planning firms in the Bay Area.” Estate Planning Partner Ellen Kahn is observed to be amazingly competent” and a “go-to attorney in San Francisco,” while a source describes Partner Hilary Pierce as “very diligent in making sure her client is represented appropriately.”

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 as “well regarded” in the HNW guide. Partner Diana Richmond is described as having a “sterling reputation,” particularly when handling particular expertise in high-asset divorces, and Monica Mazzei “is so knowledgeable, articulate and is able to explain things to clients in such an easy manner.”

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 2019 HNW guide ranks 1,500 departments and 2,643 individual lawyers in 53 jurisdictions globally.