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Where Legal Excellence Meets Friendly Faces – Your Trustworthy Team for Your Legal Journey!

With over four decades of unwavering commitment, our legal team has stood as a beacon of trust and expertise. For more than 40 years, we have been dedicated to providing unparalleled service, offering our clients a steadfast ally in their legal journeys. Our legacy of excellence is not just a testament to our experience but a promise of continued dedication to delivering trusted, compassionate, and effective legal solutions.

Doug Atkinson

Doug Atkinson, ESQ.

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 2009
CALI Award for Top Examinee, Securities Regulation
B.A., Saint Michael’s College, 2006
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa honor society

Founding member Doug Atkinson practices law in Business and Construction Law, Sports and Entertainment Law, Personal Injury Law, and general civil litigation, and represents clients in a wide number of civil and appellate fields, including: real estate matters, contract disputes, construction defect disputes, investment fraud, dangerous products, property, roadways and other accidents, trespass of real property, employment law defense, tax and audit matters, wills and trusts, probate, temporary retraining orders (TROs), ADA defense, debt collection, divorce and family law, and many other types of lawsuits and claims.

Doug is also the executive board member for his community’s homeowner’s association.

Doug graduated Magna Cum Laude, with election to the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society, with a B.A. Philosophy, Minor in Classics, from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Doug received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he received the CALI Award for top examinee in Securities Regulation. While in law school, Doug worked with the research attorneys’ office at Marin Superior Court, and in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. Doug practiced with two San Francisco Bay Area law firms before establishing Atkinson & Associates.

Doug studied with Learning as Leadership in the late 1990s and early 2000s, graduating from their One Year leadership development program in 2000 alongside business teams from top companies across the world. In college, Doug enjoyed studying ancient Greek and Latin languages, as well as mathematics and philosophy. Doug lives in San Francisco with his wife, son and two daughters, and enjoys traveling the great state of California in his free time, as well as bicycling. Doug is a member of City Church of San Francisco.

Doug is the son of an engineer who contracted cancer and died as a result of his exposure to toxic chemicals while working for a major U.S. corporation. Doug uses this life experience to help relate to and understand his clients, expanding this understanding to all clients and the importance of proper legal redress. Our goal at Atkinson & Shenfield is to always strive for the best case results possible.

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Chris Shenfield

Chris Shenfield, ESQ.

J.D., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1995
Masters in Trial Program, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016
Trial Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2012

Christopher (“Chris”) Shenfield is an experienced civil litigation attorney and trial lawyer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 27 years’ experience handling difficult cases, Chris has a track record of winning litigation in a wide variety of civil matters. Chris is also a Certified Public Accountant with in depth knowledge of tax and audit matters. Chris has represented individuals and businesses in numerous jury trials and handled cases throughout California in state and federal courts, in matters spanning probate, appeals, business, real estate, real property, construction defect, personal injury and wrongful death, employment, contracts, and much more.

Chris is an active member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, Latino Professional Services, and San Mateo Professional Alliance.

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