About Us

Davidson Estate Law is a Bay Area family owned and operated estate planning practice specializing in trusts, wills, trust administration, and probate. “A family serving families with expertise, compassion, and integrity since 1975.”

Steven and his son Eric are the firm’s estate planning attorneys, while Joelle (Steve’s wife of over 45 years), is the voice of the firm and handles client services. This arrangement works extremely well, creating a cohesive office environment allowing us to give our clients unparalleled personalized representation and communication that is often missing in larger firms.

Our main office is in Oakland City Center, with branch offices in Berkeley, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Jose, and San Mateo.

Steven E. Davidson

Steven E. Davidson


I began practicing law in California in 1975. Upon graduating from the University of LaVerne, I began working for my father Gilbert in his Southern California law firm. I eventually took over the practice from my father, and Gil and my brother, Tim, remained as associate attorneys. So collectively, the Davidson’s have over 115 years of legal practice experience.

Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area several years ago, I concentrated my practice on estate planning, and joined the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. During that time, I co-authored the book GENERATIONS, which was a collaboration with other members of the National Network. Also, during that time, I developed a very successful twelve-unit continuing education course for insurance professionals and taught that class to several-hundred insurance and financial professionals in Northern California. A natural offshoot of that class was the same estate-planning seminar that I offer throughout the Bay Area today.

The continuing education course and estate planning seminars provided quite a large volume of clients. The law firm known as Davidson & Sheehan expanded to five attorneys, became Davidson, Sheehan & Jewel, and successfully created living trust based estate plans for thousands of Bay Area individuals and families. Due to lifestyle and personal decisions, the partners decided to dissolve the relationship and now continue equally successful estate planning practices in different Bay Area locales.

Eric E. Davidson

Eric E. Davidson


I studied political science at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 2005. After five years as a commercial real estate broker, I became my father’s paralegal in 2009. After working in my father’s firm for 5 years and drafting hundreds of estate plans, I decided to go to law school to eventually join my father as a lawyer in the firm. I attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco where I focused on estate planning and probate law, with the aim to add many additional years of legal service (and the third generation) to the Davidson law practice.

In 2017, I finished law school and passed the California bar. Furthermore, in order to expand my legal knowledge and to be able better serve my clients, I am currently completing the LL.M in Estate Planning and Taxation program at Golden Gate University.

Joelle Davidson

Joelle Davidson

Client Services


1300 Clay Street, Suite 600

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 527-6774


Oakland City Center Office

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600

Oakland, CA 94612

San Francisco Office

201 Spear Street, Suite 1100

San Francisco, CA 94105

Berkeley Office

2081 Center Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

Walnut Creek Office

1990 North California Blvd, 8th Floor

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

San Mateo Office

1900 South Norfolk, Suite 350

San Mateo, CA 94403

San Jose Office

111 North Market Street, Suite 300

San Jose, CA 95113


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