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Ellen Fenichel
Managing Partner – San Francisco/Walnut Creek

efenichel@vallemakoff.com
Phone: 415-796-0206
Fax: 415-986-8003

Ellen Fenichel
Partner – San Francisco/Walnut Creek

efenichel@vallemakoff.com
Phone: 415-796-0206
Fax: 415-986-8003

Ms. Fenichel’s practice focuses on business and real estate disputes in civil and family law matters. She represents high-net worth individuals, publicly-held corporations, closely-held companies, trusts and partnerships.  With over 20 years of litigation experience, she oversees matters for the life of the dispute - from fact investigation, risk assessment and pre-filing negotiations to initial court filings, discovery and motion practice, and then through to conclusion, whether by trial, settlement, judgment (and subsequent enforcement) or appeal, as necessary. Her multi-faceted matters regularly require advice regarding management, control, governance and employment issues, business valuation, the sale or division of jointly-held assets, domestic and international discovery (including the management of electronically-stored information (ESI)), forensic accounting and structured settlements.  

She is experienced in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Fenichel enjoys long-term relationships with many of her clients and provides these clients with on-going risk management services for the duration of their business ventures.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Fenichel manages Valle Makoff LLP’s Northern California operations, which include its San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Walnut Creek offices.

Ms. Fenichel is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts and the U.S. Tax Court. She arbitrates and mediates before AAA, JAMS and other panels and has been admitted pro hac vice in Delaware.  She currently is Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Subcommittee of the California Lawyers Association, and is a longtime member of Queen’s Bench.

Ms. Fenichel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1987 from the University of California at Berkeley, and she obtained her law degree in 1994 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings College of the Law, Ms. Fenichel served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal (1993-94).

Prior to law school, Ms. Fenichel worked in development for the New England Aquarium, and she continues to be passionate about animal welfare, the arts, the environment and East Bay charitable causes.