With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, the San Francisco Bay Area lawyers at Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau are uniquely qualified to handle any litigation in the Silicon Valley. From complex commercial disputes to sensitive criminal matters, our firm has an unparalleled record of success through more than 200 jury trials to verdict for individuals and businesses in state and federal courts. We are equally successful in pre-litigation problem solving to avoid going to trial. We have also mediated and arbitrated more than 100 cases.
Aggressive representation because it always counts
Based in Redwood City, California, Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau enjoys a reputation for being aggressive and highly professional. Our philosophy is simple: as a small, efficient firm charging fair rates and providing excellent personal service, we obtain results that match or exceed any firm of any size in northern California or elsewhere. Our firm is known within the legal community, including — judges, courts, opposing attorneys, mediators and arbitrators in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. We know the lay of the land and how to use it.
Our diverse group of clients includes technology companies, retailers, publicly traded companies, international businesses, professional athletes, venture capitalists, "mom and pop" businesses, young people and the elderly. We are ready to accomplish your legal objectives in any area including:
Labor and employment litigation
Probate and trust litigation
Real estate litigation
Successfully serving clients in the Silicon Valley and beyond
Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau vigorously represents individuals and businesses throughout northern California focusing on the cities of San Francisco and Redwood City and the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
Our lawyers have been remarkably involved, respected and relied on in our community, from serving on the city council to coaching and sponsoring youth teams to being involved at the state and national level. We’re dedicated to serving our communities in northern California.