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Richard J. Guggenhime

Of Counsel

In My Own Words

Schiff Hardin
Richard J. Guggenhime's legal practice emphasizes estate planning, estate and trust administration and federal estate and gift tax.

Mr. Guggenhime has represented resident and nonresident individuals in diverse estate planning matters and has represented both domiciliary and ancillary personal representatives in estate administration. He has drafted revocable and irrevocable living trusts for U.S. residents and nonresidents of the United States and for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of the United States. Mr. Guggenhime has prepared buy-and-sell agreements for owners of closely held businesses.

Speeches and Presentations

Mr. Guggenhime has lectured on numerous occasions as a panelist on the Continuing Education of the Bar Courses on Estate Administration.

Previous Experience

Before joining Schiff Hardin, Mr. Guggenhime was a partner at Heller Ehrman where he served as Chair of the Wealth Management Practice Group from 1987-2005. Mr. Guggenhime has spent decades actively involved in contributing to the San Francisco community beginning his public service as a member of the Parking Authority from 1975-1978. He was then appointed to the Board of Permit Appeals (1978-1985), the Fire Commission (1985 to 1989) and the Recreation and Parks Commission (1989-1993 and 2004-2005). He was appointed to the Airport Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom in August 2006 and reappointed in August 2009. Mr. Guggenhime is also Past Director of the Commercial Bank of San Francisco, Global Savings Bank and North American Trust Company.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
AV Rated — Martindale-Hubbell
Northern California Super Lawyers – Estate & Probate
Who's Who In American Law


Harvard Law School(J.D., 1964)
Stanford University(B.A., with distinction, 1961)

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
      Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
State Bar of California
      Trust and Probate Section
Bar Association of San Francisco
San Francisco Estate Planning Council

Civic and Charitable Memberships

Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
      President, Board of Trustees
The Olympic Club
      Past President
Stanford University Associates
San Francisco University High School
      Past Chair, Board of Trustees
St. Ignatius College Preparatory School
      Past Member, Board of Regents
San Francisco Opera Association
      Past Director and Member, Executive Committee