About Spears & Shelf, LLP

Spears & Shelf, LLP, was born when Kimberley Spears and Amy Shelf merged their solo estate planning practices into a partnership in 2014. Both Amy and Kimberley began their legal careers in large Bay Area law firms, servicing high net worth individuals and companies, and then opened their own practices, which enabled them to provide comprehensive estate planning and administration services to their clients while still having time for their own families and other interests.

Kimberley Spears

Kimberley Spears began her professional career in book publishing in New York and San Francisco before going to law school at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a J.D. in 1998. At Boalt she earned the Moot Court Writing Award and the Prosser Award, and she served as Articles Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. She has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated in 1990 cum laude, junior Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her two teenaged sons.

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Amy Shelf

Amy took a winding path in becoming an attorney. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1992, she received her J.D. (with all sorts of exciting honors!) from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 2000, where she performed research and writing in the fields of tax, wills & trusts, and assisted conception. While in law school, Amy interned with the San Francisco Probate Department, learning as much about human psychology as she did about probate practice. Amy worked for seven years at the wonderful firm of Folger, Levin & Kahn, practicing primarily estate planning for high net worth clients, and practiced on her own for seven years before forming Spears & Shelf, LLP.

Amy and her husband own succulence: life and garden and have two children. Amy sings with Conspiracy of Venus, a women’s a capella alt-choir. Amy’s own life philosophy is founded in a joyous appreciation of the here and now, in the pleasures and beauty of food and nature, and in the practice of yoga.

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