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
Steve began practicing law in California in 1975. Upon graduating from the University of LaVerne, he began working for his father Gilbert in his Southern California law firm. Steve eventually took over the practice from his father, and Gil and his 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, Steve concentrated his practice on estate planning, and joined the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. During that time, he co-authored the book GENERATIONS, which was a collaboration with other members of the National Network. Also, during that time, he 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 Davidson Estate Law offers throughout the Bay Area today.
Married to Joelle since 1972 they are quite proud of their sons Ryan, Eric and Scott. Ryan is a commercial real estate broker in the East Bay, Eric is now an attorney at Davidson Estate Law and Scott is a brewer and the owner of Ocean View Brew Works in Albany, California. Hobbies include flyfishing and restoring Volkswagon Syncro Vanagon camper vans. The entire Davidson family loves to explore the backroads and remote areas of California and the beaches of Baja Mexico.
Steve believes that his success as an estate planning attorney is rooted in a natural ability to communicate complex legal principals in a friendly, easy to understand manner. Teaching rather than preaching works best for him and makes the practice interesting and rewarding. He looks forward to many more years and many more happy and satisfied clients.
Eric E. Davidson
A fifth generation Californian, Eric E. Davidson grew up in Berkeley where he attended Berkeley High School and U.C. Berkeley. During high school, Eric excelled as a member of the Berkeley High rowing team, which lead to his selection to represent the US at the World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Eric was also a member of Berkeley’s Boy Scout Troop 6, where he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. At Cal, Eric earned his B.A. in Political Science and was a member of the rowing team.
After college, Eric became a licensed real estate agent and worked as a commercial/industrial agent in the East Bay Area for five years. This time as an agent developed Eric into a skilled client-focused counselor, where he excelled at understanding specific client needs and guiding clients through complex negotiations and transactions.
During this time, Eric also became an International Kiteboarding Association Certified Kiteboarding instructor, and taught kiteboarding on the SF Bay. This experience contributed greatly to Eric’s skills as a teacher and counselor.
Eric began working with his father Steven as his paralegal in 2009. As a paralegal, Eric learned the intricacies of estate planning through drafting hundreds of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other legal documents. As a naturally analytical problem solver with an acute attention to detail, Eric found that law, and specifically estate planning, were a perfect fit for his skill set.
While working as a paralegal, Eric earned his JD at Golden Gate University (GGU) in San Francisco. GGU is the only law school in the Bay area with a department focused on estate planning law, thus Eric’s time in law school was extremely focused and pertinent to his future practice. After law school, Eric joined his father as a lawyer at Davidson Estate Law, adding many additional years of legal service (and the third generation) to the Davidson law practice.
As an estate planning attorney, Eric strives to understand each of his client’s unique needs, goals, and concerns. Furthermore, in order to expand his legal knowledge and to be able better serve his clients, Eric is currently completing the LL.M in Estate Planning and Taxation program at GGU.
When not in the office, Eric can be found enjoying the California outdoors. Eric is an avid kiteboarder, mountain biker, skier, snowboarder, fly fisherman, camper, and traveler. Furthermore, Eric has a passion for restoring and traveling in 4-wheel drive Volkswagen vans. For their honeymoon, Eric, his wife Natalie, and their boxer dog Oso, explored North America for one year in their 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro camper van. They even have an Instagram account! @lifeofadvanture.
Joelle is the heart, soul and voice of Davidson Estate Law. As the firm’s first responder she takes great pride in personally knowing all of her clients and assuring them that we really do care and will be there in good times and not so.
Joelle has been married to Steve since 1972 and her wonderful sons are Ryan, Eric and Scott. So far, she has four grandchildren and cherish’s her role as “gramma”. In her former career, she worked in Hollywood and New York as a fashion model and commercial actress.
Free time includes road trips in the VW camper van with “Otis” the Norwich terrier and leading visitor groups, as a docent, through the U.C. Berkeley botanical garden.
1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland City Center Office
1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
San Francisco Office
201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
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