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Pillsbury Pillsbury Pillsbury
Silicon Valley
2550 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1115
Tel. +1.650.233.4097
Fax. +1.650.233.4545
State of California
LL.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2007
with honors
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Lewis & Clark College, 1995


Melinda B. Barker

Melinda B. Barker

Melinda Barker is a member of the law firm’s Estates, Trusts & Tax Planning practice and is certified by the State Bar of California as a legal specialist in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate. Ms. Barker counsels mid- and high-net worth individuals and families on their wealth management and estate planning needs, balancing their personal goals with tax management techniques. Ms. Barker also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in a variety of matters, including trust administration, probate and estate administration.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Barker was an Associate at Berliner Cohen in San Jose, CA, and Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC in Redwood City, CA. During law school, Ms. Barker interned for Judge John F. Herlihy of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

During her law school career, Ms. Barker received the Witkin Award for both Tax Policy and Criminal Law as well as CALI Awards for both Insurance Law and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Barker also served as Articles Editor on the Santa Clara Law Review.


Silicon Valley Bar Association; Santa Clara County Bar Association; State Bar of California (Trusts and Estates Section)


Supreme Court of California

External Publications
From Everson to Zelman. The Advent of 'True Private Choice' and the Erosion of the Wall Between Church and State, Santa Clara Law Review
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