Roger E. Fonseca, Esq.
It’s About the Client. Always.
“The greatest satisfaction I get from my practice comes from my clients. They come to me for legal advice and assistance in their time of need. They place their trust and confidence in me. There is no greater reward for a lawyer than knowing that the people to whom he provides services to have complete confidence in his integrity, ability, and character.”Roger E. Fonseca
- B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science from UCLA
- J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego
- LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Intellectual Property Law from Michigan State University College of Law
My passion for helping people protect their rights began while working as a law clerk for the public defender’s offices in San Diego and San Francisco, while attending law school. During this time I gained valuable experience in different areas of law, while also having the honor of serving the underprivileged and the accused.
My true passion for the law resides in having a positive impact on the lives of good people, and throughout my career, I have worked to help people who were struggling with various aspects of the legal system.
After graduating from law school, I continued to practice criminal law while working at a criminal defense firm in San Francisco. Thereafter, I took a year to work as a Staff Attorney at a non-profit in San Francisco, where I provided legal representation to low-income clients with severe physical and/or mental health issues in order to guarantee disability income and health insurance benefits. Many of my clients were either homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
Additionally, I gained civil litigation experience while working for a mid-sized firm in the East Bay Area, practicing insurance defense. However, I quickly realized that type of work isn’t why I dedicated years of my life to become an attorney.
Today, I continue to provide pro-bono volunteer work through the Alameda County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation to help protect the rights of those who do not have the financial means to access legal services otherwise. I am also on the panel of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Moderate Means Panel, through which I provide legal services to qualifying clients at a significantly reduced fee.
This “real-world” education has taught me the significance of the work attorneys do in protecting people’s rights, and that same passion for helping others has carried over into the work I now do in the field of estate planning. These collective experiences have not only given me a unique insight into the law, but have also inspired me to educate my clients about the law so they feel more comfortable and confident in making decisions that affect their lives.
I sometimes compare this work to that of a criminal defense attorney as they practice defending the rights of individuals accused of committing crimes prosecuted by the state. My work involves defending a person’s legacy when the government interferes and is in the position of deciding how to manage my clients’ assets when they die without a will, or when they become unable to care for themselves.
Both are a loss of liberty to the State, and both require strong legal representation.
Though I continue to help the less fortunate, my practice is focused on helping people understand the importance of estate planning and to protect their assets and those of their families so that the government, through the laws of intestacy, won’t be forced to decide for them.
Please give me a call to discuss your estate, and how together, we can develop a plan to protect your assets if you were were ever unable to do so yourself. Your family will thank you for it.