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Frank Hespe, Esq. graduated with a J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He also graduated and earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University. 


Frank Hespe has been an attorney for 30 years. Since 2009 he has been a Partner with the Law Offices of Nicora and Hespe LLP, in Carmel, California,focusing on Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Conservatorships and complex Trust Litigation. 

From 2005-2009 Mr. Hespe worked for the American Bar Association in a number of different positions over a four year period, including Legal Specialist, Country Director and Regional Director in such places as Qatar, Azerbaijan, and the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Mr. Hespe specialized in being Chief of Party for Rule of Law programs in challenging and post-conflict environments, including directing programs on anti-corruption, gender equality, training judges, law school development, curriculum reform, continuing legal education and Bar Association development.

Before his work abroad, Mr. Hespe served as Dean of the Monterey College of Law, after previously working there for 12 years as an Adjunct Professor of International Law and the Director of Clinical Studies Program.  From 1993 to 2001, he served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Seniors, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low income senior citizens in Monterey County.

In the area of Community Service, Mr. Hespe has been Judge Pro Tem of the Small Claims and Traffic Court Division of the Monterey Superior Court; President and Treasurer of the Monterey County Bar Association; member of the United Nations Association, co-chair of the United Way of the Salinas Valley; past president and member of the board of directors of the Charitable Council of Monterey County; member of the City of Pacific Grove Senior Housing Committee; member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council of California State University, Monterey Bay; member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Monterey County chapter; and member of the board of directors of the Berkeley Community Law Center and founding member of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s free legal clinic.

Frank Hespe was also the winner of the 2010 Chief Justice Gibson Award, an annual honor given by the Monterey County Bar Association.   Check out the article and get to know more about Mr. Hespe at 2010 Gibson Winner, Frank Hespe.​

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