Eric Despotes became the newest attorney at Lonich & Patton, LLP in February 2010 and assists in all areas of the firm's practice, Family Law, Estate Planning, and Business Law
Eric grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in Poltical Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He then returned to the Bay Area to attend law school. Eric graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009. He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Children and the Law. He also served as an editor of Santa Clara Law Review and authored an article that was published in the journal.
While at Santa Clara, Eric was a judicial and clinical intern with the Santa Clara Couty Superior Court, Family Division. He also made numerous court appearances at misdemeanor pre-trial conferences as a Bar-certified law student for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office. In addition, Eric had the opportunity to assist in the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted prisoner while working at the Northern California Innocence Project during law school.
In his free time, Eric enjoys playing and watching sports, a wide variety of music, reading a good book, and the company of friends and family.
Eric Despotes is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, where he is a member of the Barristers and Family Law Sections, and the State Bar of California.
- Santa Clara University School of Law
- J.D. (2009)
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Activities: Law Review
- California State University - Long Beach
- B.A. (2005) | Political Science
- Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha
- Lonich and Patton, LLP
- - Current
- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Children and the Law
- State Bar of California
- Santa Clara County Bar Association
- Business Law
- Estate Planning
- Family Law