Robert L. Hobson
Robert L. Hobson graduated from
Wabash College and, after serving in the
US Navy as a commissioned officer,
received his J.D. from the University of
California, Hastings College of the Law.
He has been a member of the California
Bar since 1964 and is also admitted to
practice before the Supreme Court of
the United States.
Bob was Vice President and National
Director of the Endowment and
Charitable Trust Services Group at
Bank of America where he created the
Bank’s Pooled Income Fund
administration, which became an
industry leading service. Bob left Bank
of America in early 1986 to concentrate
on providing independent administration
services for charitable remainder trusts
and Pooled Income Funds.
He was formerly a Tax Attorney with
the Internal Revenue Service, General
Council for an investment advisory firm
and a special consultant to a national
fund raising consulting firm.
Bob presently devotes his law practice
to tax and estate planning for individuals,
particularly as it relates to charitable
trusts. He also works with many
charitable organizations in providing trust
administration for their charitable trusts
and Pooled Income Funds. Other
aspects of his practice include planning
for Wills, revocable living trusts and
probate. He has become a popular
speaker on these topics, both locally
He is a member of the California Bar
Association, the San Francisco Estate
Planning Council, the Mount Diablo
Estate Planning Council, the Northern
California Planned Giving Council and
the National Society of Fund Raising
Bob was the President of the
Endowment Board of the Methodist
Church, a member of the National
Advisory Committee of the YMCA and
Treasurer of Clausen House, an
organization which provides services for
developmentally disabled adults.
He was married to the late Mary L.
Hobson and has two sons of their
marriage, both graduates from the
University of California at Berkeley. His
older son, Steve, having spent 10 years
in the health insurance industry is now an
independent health and life insurance
broker. His younger son, Mike, also a
graduate of Hastings College of the
Law, recently rejoined Bob in practice.
His late wife, Mary, retired from school
counseling in the Pittsburgh School
Bob retired from the US Naval Reserve
and holds the permanent rank of
Exceeding expectations with
Michael B. Hobson
Mike received his Juris Doctorate
Degree from the University of
California, Hastings College of the
Law in 1995, and his Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Economics from the
University of California, Berkeley.
He has been a member of the
California Bar since 1995.
Mike started his career as an
associate Tax and Estate Attorney
practicing with his father, Robert
Hobson. For two years, Mike
practiced with his father primarily in
the areas of taxation, planned giving,
probate, and estates and trusts.
In 1997 Mike joined Ernst & Young’
s Private Client Service Practice.
Mike specialized in wealth transfer
planning, planned giving and tax
planning for individuals, estates and
trusts. He primarily focused on
advising high-net-worth individuals in
connection with wealth transfer
planning, income tax planning,
structuring of charitable gifts, and
planned giving associated with
private foundations and charitable
remainder trusts. Mike advised U.S.
Citizens, resident aliens, and non-
resident aliens, with both onshore
and offshore concerns. His clients
included exempt entities organized
within the United States. Mike also
acted as National Segment Leader
for the Private Client Service portion
of Ernst & Young’s Online Tax
Advisor. Mike led Ernst & Young’s
Gift and Estate Tax Network in the
Pacific Northwest. Mike has also
contributed to the Ernst and Young
Tax Guide for several years as an
author and as an editor. He enjoyed
a very challenging and rewarding
career with Ernst & Young, but
ultimately decided to return to the
practice of law.
Mike rejoined his father as a partner
in February of 2006 with a continued
focus on estate planning, planned
giving, trust and estate administration,
and income tax planning for
individuals, estates and trusts.
The State Bar's Board of Legal
Specialization has designated Mike a
Certified Specialist in Estate
Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Mike is a member of the California
Bar Association, the American Bar
Association, and the Northern
California Planned Giving Council.
He frequently speaks on various
areas of tax and estate planning.
Mike and his wife, Nina, live in Los
Gatos. Nina practices surgery in a
private group located in Los Gatos.
Mike and Nina enjoy spending time
with their 12-year-old son, Nicholas,
and 10-year-old daughter, Alexa.
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