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Ellen Fenichel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Valle Makoff LLP
388 Market Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-986-8001
Fax: 415-986-8003
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (70%), Real Estate: Business (30%)
Attorney Profile

An attorney at Valle Makoff LLP, Ellen Fenichel is the managing partner of the firm’s Northern California offices, which are located in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Redwood City. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation matters, representing clients throughout the state. Ms. Fenichel has been admitted to practice in California since 1994, and she is additionally admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California as well as before the U.S. Tax Court.

Ms. Fenichel majored in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1987. After graduation, she held positions with an aquatic museum in Boston before deciding to pursue a legal education and enrolling at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While she was there, Ms. Fenichel served as the editor-in-chief of the Hastings Women Law Journal before being awarded her Juris Doctor in 1994. She has been with Valle Makoff LLP since January 2010.

Ms. Fenichel handles a variety of real estate and business disputes for her client base, which includes public and private companies, high-net-worth individuals, partnerships, and trusts. She has worked on issues including business valuations, disputes between trustees and beneficiaries, corporate governance, proxy fights, employment law matters, and the sale of marital property. In addition to her federal and state courtroom work, Ms. Fenichel has appeared before mediators and panels of arbitrators. She has received an “Excellent” peer-review rating from Avvo for the overall high quality of her work.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Business Litigation
  • 30%Real Estate: Business


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About Ellen Fenichel

First Admitted: 1994, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association’s Business Litigation subcommittee
  • Northern California Super Lawyer

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, 1987, University of California at Berkeley
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Office Location for Ellen Fenichel

388 Market Street
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-986-8001

Fax: 415-986-8003

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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