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Chiles and Prochnow LLP

2600 El Camino Real Suite 412

Palo Alto, California 94306

United States

Company Description

At Chiles and Prochnow, we provide forceful advocacy. We have developed relationships with estate planning and transactional lawyers who refer their clients to us. These lawyers turn to us when disputes arise. Our attorneys have 70 plus years of combined ... more

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Employment History

Civil Litigator

Leonard , Street and Deinard


Law Offices of Kenneth H. Prochnow, Palo Alto, CA


Columbia College

New York University School of Law

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Robert C. Chiles | Chiles and Prochnow, LLP [cached]

Kenneth H. Prochnow

Following Mr. Cox's death in 2003 Mr. Chiles moved his practice to Palo Alto, and in 2006, joined with Kenneth Prochnow to form Chiles and Prochnow, LLP.
Ken Prochnow has been handling cases of this type for many years, and Mr. Chiles had significant experience in the 1970s working on prominent probate estates.

Robert Chiles | Chiles & Prochnow [cached]

Following Mr. Cox's death in 2003 Mr. Chiles moved his practice to Palo Alto and in 2006 joined with Kenneth Prochnow to form Chiles and Prochnow, LLP.

Anita assists both Robert Chiles and ... [cached]

Anita assists both Robert Chiles and Ken Prochnow with their clients and cases, manages the office and serves as marketing director for the firm.

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Kenneth H. Prochnow

Kenneth Prochnow was retained by the children of a Santa Clara County resident. The children's mother was deceased; their father had remarried several times. With his fourth wife, the father left the United States and he was living abroad at the time of his death.
After the father's death, the widow/fourth wife funded the father's trust with assets of dubious and substantially overstated value. Ken filed suit on the children's behalf to secure their residual interest in the trust, and recorded a lis pendens on real property that was still held in the father's name.
After a Santa Clara County Superior Court trial, the children's claim against the fourth wife was upheld. The father's liened property was sold and the proceeds of sale were applied to fund the family trust in the amount called for by the declaration of trust. Ken recovered prevailing party attorneys' fees for their clients in excess of $150,000 against the fourth wife, based upon her resistance to the children's claim.
The fourth wife then filed a probate petition to drain the trust of its just-acquired assets, now claiming that those assets were required for her support and maintenance. Attorney Prochnow defended the trust and the children's interest in it against the fourth wife's claim, which was rejected after a second Superior Court trial.
In a recently resolved estate contest, Kenneth Prochnow represented the stepchildren of a decedent. The children's father had predeceased their stepmother. His will was never found and his estate was not probated; the children received nothing at the time of his death. The stepmother then created a personal services agreement with a caregiver that, if fully realized, would have given the caregiver all her assets. In addition, the stepmother later executed two wills, and a trust, leaving her entire estate to her surviving son and/or the caregiver.
Kenneth Prochnow was retained by the former spouse of a decedent; the deceased spouse left a purported trust leaving substantial assets to his sister, brother and mother, despite alleged promises and assurances that his assets would be left in trust for the son that he had when married to the firm's client.
In a recent construction dispute, Kenneth Prochnow was retained by a homeowner whose contractor had recorded a mechanics' lien against his home for amounts allegedly due and owing under a home improvement contract.
In an employment dispute, Kenneth Prochnow was retained by a brokerage firm employee who alleged that she was wrongfully terminated by the brokerage firm and the registered representative for whom she worked. The brokerage firm petitioned to dismiss or stay the firm's civil action and its jury trial threat by claiming the benefit of an arbitration clause contained in the employment application the client had filled out at the time the brokerage firm hired her, and signed again when she changed jobs within the firm.
In an employment dispute, Robert Chiles and Kenneth Prochnow were retained by the former employee of a Silicon Valley high-tech company.

Kenneth H. Prochnow | Chiles and Prochnow, LLP [cached]

Kenneth H. Prochnow

Attorneys > Kenneth H. Prochnow
Born in Wisconsin, Kenneth Prochnow was educated at Columbia College and the New York University School of Law. At NYU, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After clerking for Judge Leonard Garth (U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit), Mr. Prochnow practiced briefly in New York as an associate with a Wall Street firm before returning to the Midwest.
Mr. Prochnow's litigation practice as an associate and partner in Minnesota featured exposure to a broad variety of civil litigation, involving issues and cases from substantial securities class action work to commercial and real estate cases. His practice covered jury trials, arbitrations and appeals. Mr. Prochnow's Minnesota experience was highlighted by his completion of intensive trial lawyer training at a National Institute for Trial Advocacy National Session in Boulder, Colorado.
In 1984, Mr. Prochnow moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. His practice as a Palo Alto trial attorney has included commercial disputes, real estate matters, fraud and investment cases, investment and mutual fund cases, broker-dealer and broker-customer litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy cases, and intellectual property and computer law litigation.
In recent years, Mr. Prochnow has increasingly concentrated his practice in probate litigation.
Kenneth Prochnow continues to practice as a trial lawyer in commercial litigation matters, breach of contract cases, disputes including allegations of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty, and real estate cases. He has been A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years.

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