George R. Dirkes (January 7, 1943 – December 6, 2015)
With heavy hearts we report the passing of our friend and partner, George R. Dirkes, due to complications from replacement heart valve surgery. George’s brilliant professional work was uniquely matched by his kind, gentle, and genuinely caring demeanor. He was a wonderful friend, mentor, and counselor to everyone at the firm and to his clients, as well as a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. We are grateful that he was part of our firm for over forty-one years.
If you need any assistance with any matter previously handled by George, please contact Cynthia Trutner or Genevieve Moore in our Larkspur office or John McClintic in our Walnut Creek office.
George represented individual clients with substantial wealth in estate planning, and matters relating to estate and trust administration. In addition he represented many trusts, foundations, and trustees. For many years, he was the co-author of the Matthew Bender practice guidebook “Client’s Guide to Administering the California Trust.”
George was a graduate of Bucknell University B.A.- 1964, St. John’s University School of Law J.D.- 1967, and New York University Graduate School of Law (Master of Laws in Taxation) – 1974
George was a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the former chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Probate and Trust Law Section.
For a number of years George was selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.” In addition, for many years George was selected by his peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer”, placing him in the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California.
George was mayor of the Town of Ross, California (1985) and served as a planning commissioner of the City of Larkspur (1977-1979). From 1991 to 1999 he served on the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, serving as chair in 1998 and 1999.