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Who We Are

Since its founding in Sacramento, California in 1896, Hefner Law has advised clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to major corporations and financial institutions in a variety of matters including litigation; real estate, land use and environmental law; business and corporate transactions; and bankruptcy and insolvency.

Hefner Law has been recognized as one of the U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms by Martindale-Hubbell, a nation-wide organization that evaluates and ranks firms across the country. The law firm has achieved and maintained the highest rating of “AV Preeminent” for many years. This recognition also appears in Fortune Magazine’s “Investor’s Guide 2015,” signifying the firm’s professional standing as a preeminent law firm in the region. Our attorneys have long been recognized as experts concerning land use matters, real estate transactions, litigation, debtor/creditor rights and bankruptcy.

We handle cases throughout central and northern California in state and federal courts and before local government agencies, including Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, and Planning Commissions. In addition to our law practice, we are committed to our community. Our attorneys continue to serve in leadership roles in civic, political and social organizations in the greater Sacramento region.

Practice Areas

Business & Commercial

Expert counsel on the optimal forms of legal entities or the combination of entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, and non-profit entities.

Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights

We represent creditors, including institutional and private lenders, landlords, vendors, collectors, public agencies and individuals, in the prosecution and/or defense of contested matters, adversary proceedings, plan confirmation issues, stay relief actions, avoidance proceedings and other matters.

Litigation & Arbitration

A wide range of business, real estate and commercial matters. Our attorneys pride themselves as problem-solvers in seeking cost-effective, practical solutions wherever possible; but stand ready to proceed to court if required to protect a client’s interests.

Public Infrastructure & Services Financing

Advice for real estate developers with regard to various public infrastructure and services mechanisms which will facilitate development of their projects, and the formation and implementation of Mello Roos Community Facilities District financing of public infrastructure and services.

Real Estate & Land Use

A broad range of real estate and land use matters. Our attorneys offer considerable experience on a wide variety of real property transactions and regularly advise developers, merchant homebuilders, private landowners, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.

Our Attorneys Work For You

Why Choose Hefner Law?

For 125 years, our firm has been a respected part of the fabric of the Sacramento region.  Our attorneys draw on years of hard-earned experience to achieve results for our clients.  
Three core values guide our practice every day:


We utilize our deep experience to advance our clients’ interests.


We leave no stone unturned in advocating our clients’ interests.


We are persistent in seeking to achieve our clients’ goals no matter the obstacles.

What Our Clients Say

"Our relationship with the Hefner firm in handling several real estate acquisitions, many with complex issues, has been quite successful over the years. We have enjoyed working with the firm’s attorneys and staff, all of whom have given our needs prompt and effective service."

"I have relied upon the quality advice and counsel of the Hefner attorneys on matters ranging from lawsuits involving former business partners, to preparing the necessary documentation in selling a business, to giving advice in leasing an office building. In each instance, the attorneys have promptly responded to my concerns and questions, while handling these matters in a cost-efficient manner."
"Operating our marina business in the Sacramento area has become increasingly complex and difficult in several ways. Fortunately, we have had the benefit of the expertise and experience of the attorneys at the Hefner law firm to guide us through many of these problems. If we need an attorney, we know who to call."

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