It is with great pride that we publish this edition of Perspectives for we are looking forward to Carr McClellan’s 60th  birthday in September 2005. That pride is based on the knowledge that in our first 60 years we have made a positive difference in the lives of our clients and our community. It is also based on the conviction that our lawyers, paralegals and staff continue to make that positive difference and that as a Firm we are dedicated to carry that commitment forward for another 60 years.

Our founding partners, on whose values of integrity, hard work and dedication to client service our firm has been built, also laid the bedrock principle that is the sine qua non of a successful law practice: excellent lawyering. I am proud to say that our lawyers today continue to exemplify these attributes. The directors in our Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Groups, including Keith Bartel, Dan Morris, Mark Hudak, George Wailes, Mike McQuaid and Michelle Leu Zaccone, bring varied skills and experiences to any disputes that need resolution, whether they be estate and trust matters, land use, real estate construction, or commercial controversies. Luther Carr would indeed be impressed by their skills. Steve Anderson, Marion Brown and Golnar Yazdi, who form the nucleus of our Estate Planning, Trusts & Wealth Transfer team, have taken our premier estate planning practice to new levels of financial and legal sophistication while maintaining an understanding of and sensitivity to family dynamics. Jed McClellan would be, and Al Horn is, exceedingly proud of their accomplishments. My fellow directors in our Corporate & Business Group, Mike Telleen, Lage Andersen, Penny Greenberg, Ed Willig and Lori Lutzker have transformed our practice into one that can serve the needs of traditional “bricks and mortar” businesses as well as enterprises of the “new economy” that need lawyers who understand financial engineering, deal structuring, intellectual property and how to be “deal makers.” We are honored to carry on Frank Ingersoll’s legacy. Norm Book, Carol Schwartz and Lisa Stalteri, our Real Estate group directors, have built on our firm’s rich history of being at the forefront of the development of much of San Mateo County, and have expanded their talents to projects and transactions state wide. Bob Thompson would be in awe of the value they bring to our clients’ real estate deals.

Our directors could not be so successful without the able assistance of bright, skillful and dedicated special counsel, associates, paralegals and support staff. We are very fortunate to have in place one of the strongest teams the firm has
ever had.

Our 60-year legacy is a stable foundation on which we have built a new generation of service to our clients. Although practicing law is not quite like what it was in 1945, we are proud to say that the same values of integrity, hard work and dedication to client service are still provided  to every client, every day. Thank you for allowing us to continue to serve you. We look forward to doing so for another 60 years.