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Hopkins & Carley, L.C.


70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
United States
(408) 286.9800

Firm Details

Hopkins & Carley’s history reflects the evolution, entrepreneurship and vibrancy of Silicon Valley, the Firm’s home since 1968. Over the past five decades, leading businesses in nearly all industries, high net worth individuals, and institutions, in Northern California and beyond, have sought our assistance with complex transactions, must-win litigation, and trusted counseling on significant business and personal issues.

Our business clients rely on us for transactions and litigation involving commercial, corporate, financial and real estate matters, IP litigation and protection, and employment counseling, litigation and class action defense. For our individual clients, we handle everything from sophisticated legacy planning to personal employment issues to complex trust and other litigation. We have a deep bench of well-respected trial attorneys who collectively have tried hundreds of cases in local, state and federal courts.

Since its founding, Hopkins & Carley has established deep and strong roots in Silicon Valley, and the firm is proud to work with the third and fourth generations of some of our original clients.  We have been honored to grow alongside a number of companies that have evolved from small brick and mortar enterprises to multi-national businesses.  The firm understands the industries in which our clients operate, and recognizes that legal and business issues often are inextricably intertwined.

We believe our longevity and growth are a result of exceptional attentive service, an understanding of each client's needs, and our direct and rapid response to their questions and concerns – delivered with respect, integrity and civility. Our clients tell us that we deliver sophisticated, practical legal counsel at a fair price.

Hopkins & Carley is committed to continuing to provide outstanding, legal services while improving our community through our service and involvement.


Jeffrey Essner
Managing Shareholder

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in San Jose with 8 lawyers


  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide: Top Tier for Private Wealth Law


Cory Cullen
Director of Marketing

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Union
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Palo Alto, CA

200 Page Mill Road, Suite 200

Palo Alto, CA 94306

United States

(650) 804.7600

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San Jose, CA

70 South First Street

San Jose, CA 95113

United States

(408) 286.9800

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