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Pillsbury
Silicon Valley
2550 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1115
Tel. +1.650.233.4097
Fax. +1.650.233.4545
Admissions
State of California
Education
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

Professionals

Melinda B. Barker

Melinda B. Barker
Partner

Melinda Barker is a partner in the law firm’s Estates, Trust & Tax Planning practice and is primarily located in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Melinda also frequently works out of the San Francisco and Sacramento offices.

As a certified specialist in the State of California in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate, Melinda advises high net worth clients on all matters related to transmitting wealth from one generation to the next in a manner that minimizes death taxes and emphasizes the personal goals of the family members for transition of wealth.

Melinda’s practice cover a broad range of tax issues, including estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and gift, estate, generation-skipping, income and property tax planning for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. Melinda has significant experience drafting Trusts (revocable and irrevocable), Wills, Powers of Attorney, Buy-Sell Agreements and other corporate documents and private foundations.

Melinda recently spoke at the Conference of Charitable Giving 2014 presented by Stanford University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on the topic of “Planning and Drafting Considerations when a Charity is a Beneficiary of an Estate Plan.”

Ms. Barker currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Women Attorney’s Network of the firm and was recently appointed to the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Affiliations

State of California, Board of Legal Specialization; Silicon Valley Bar Association; Santa Clara County Bar Association; Board Member, Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, Silicon Valley Chapter; Member, Kasner Estate Planning Symposium Planning Committee; and Treasurer, Baker Institute for Children with Hearing Loss.

Courts

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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