Attorney Patricia De Fonte is passionate about providing estate planning services to parents with minor children.

While earning her L.LM in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration at Golden Gate University, she established De Fonte Law in 2016 to work with families and individuals to provide the much needed stability and peace of mind that comes from knowing an estate is in order.

Patricia was born in St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission District of San Francisco. She grew up in San Jose, back when it was “Sa-na-zay”, and attended Santa Clara University, where she graduated with a BA in Communication and minor in Italian. After working at TBS in Atlanta and on “The Home Show” in Los Angeles, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she managed a television channel featuring American programming on the first satellite television platform in the Middle East. Returning to San Francisco in 1998, she met her future husband on her first day at Golden Gate University’s School of Law.

Patricia practiced entertainment and intellectual property law with the Idell Firm for five rewarding and exciting years. She has since been busy raising two wonderful boys, while serving as an award-winning Neighborhood Watch captain successfully raising funds to beautify her neighborhood with trees and plantings. Patricia also raised funds to improve her children’s public school with a garden and soccer field.

In her free time, Patricia spends time with family and friends, prepares for the zombie apocalypse, supports causes that are important to her and reads the New Yorker cover to cover. Naturally warm and relatable, she will treat you as one of her own, until Cards Against Humanity comes out, when all bets are off.


  • Friends of the Urban Forest
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Smile Train
  • America Scores Soccer Bay Area
  • Planned Parenthood
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Southern Poverty Law Center


  • Professional Women’s Network
  • Bay Networking Group
  • Attorney Action Club

Logo Story

When I was a child I asked my father what happens to us after we die. My father told me that we walk and walk, past the moon, past the sun until we get to the apple pie tree. I am grateful to fifth generation metal worker, jewelry maker and my friend  Aimee Golant for creating my “Apple Tree of Life” logo and necklace based on my father’s story, my love of Apple Pie and my work planting trees with Friends of the Urban Forest.