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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

When our clients encounter serious conflicts involving serious losses or threats, our experienced advocates at Gilfix & La Poll offer a range of dispute resolution services, from evaluation to negotiation to court representation.

Conflicts might involve a will, trust, or conservatorship, insurance coverage issue, investment or business or real estate disaster, or elder abuse. With over 30 years of experience, we have honed our expertise in dealing with such disputes.

Our litigation team works hard to resolve disputes informally when appropriate, pursuing peace as well as justice, whether as advocates or as mediators, especially when long-term relationships are in the mix. However, aggressive action is sometimes needed, and then our team takes aggressive legal action.

Leading our litigation team is Stephen Vernon, a Stanford Law School graduate with more than three decades experience. Cecelia Fusich, a University of California, Berkeley School of Law graduate, has been a trial attorney for over two decades. Together, and with their experienced staff, our litigation team pursues justice vigorously in federal or state court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings to get the results to which our clients are entitled.

U.S. Superior Court Justice Felix Frankfurter once opined, “Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.” We at Gilfix & La Poll bring that kind of mature perspective to your case.

We have a rich history of success in the following areas:

  • Will & Trust Contests
  • Questioned Transactions
  • Contested Conservatorships
  • Fiduciary (Executor, Trustee or Conservator) Conduct
  • Losses of Trust and Estate Value
  • Real Estate, Insurance and Business Disputes
  • Elder Abuse

Helping families with litigation & dispute resolution in San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View, Los Altos, Menlo Park, San Mateo, Fremont, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and San Mateo County.