Professional Biography

Richard J. Guggenhime Senior Counsel

  • San Francisco

    D +1.415.344.7034

    F +1.415.344.7050

    San Francisco

    505 Howard Street, Suite 1000

    San Francisco, CA 94105-3204


  • Palo Alto

    T +1.650.838.4300

    F +1.650.838.4350

    Palo Alto

    3150 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1212




Richard Guggenhime has counseled several generations of clients and has helped them plan and manage their wealth preservation and transfer wishes. Rich advises a range of clients, including individuals and families seeking to protect their hard-earned assets and high net worth clients with sophisticated personal planning and federal taxation related to gifts and estates, guiding them through the challenges associated with complex estates.

Well regarded within the wealth management profession, particularly for working productively with his clients’ home office and affiliated professionals and advisers, Rich has called upon nearly every estate planning tool in service to upholding his clients’ goals. From drafting revocable and irrevocable trusts for U.S. citizens and non-citizens to advising owners of family and closely held business entities to trust administration, Rich offers an insightful, caring and comprehensive perspective through every stage of personal planning.

Rich is the president of the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation and has an extensive background in public service in San Francisco’s leading civic organizations. He has served on the city’s Parking Authority, Board of Permit Appeals, Fire Commission, Recreation and Parks Commission, and he currently is a member of the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission, as well as the State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2011 - 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rated – Preeminent in Ethical Standards and Legal Ability" by Martindale-Hubbell, 2003 - 2020
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council, Member
  • State Bar of California, Trust and Probate Section, Member

Community Involvement

  • Stanford University Associates, Member
  • The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, President
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors, Member, 2020 - present
  • City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission, Member, 2006 - present
  • San Francisco Opera Association, Executive Committee, Past Director and Past Member
  • San Francisco University High School Board of Trustees, Past Chair and Past Member
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory School Board of Regents, Past Member
  • City and County of San Francisco Fire Commission, Past Member, 1985 - 1989
  • City and County of San Francisco Board of Appeals, Past Member, 1978 - 1985
  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission, Past Member, 1989 - 1993, 2004 - 2005
  • San Francisco Parking Authority Commission, Past Member, 1975 - 1978



Bar and Court Admissions

  • California


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1964
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1961