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Stephen W. Bucher


Tax, Trust & Estate


Stephen W. Bucher joined the Firm’s Tax, Trust, and Estate group in 2022. Steve’s practice focuses on estate planning, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wealth transfer planning, property tax matters, and post-death trust and probate administration, including post-death property transfers and dealing with beneficiaries.

Prior to joining the Ferrari Ottoboni team, Steve operated a successful solo law practice focusing on estate and trust matters for over 16 years. Prior to that, Steve was a senior associate litigation attorney at the Palo Alto, California headquarters of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he handled business and corporate litigation disputes and shareholder disputes, primarily representing company officers and directors. Steve began his legal career in the Financial Fraud Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice assisting in the prosecution of consumer fraud, antitrust, and government contract cases. In 1994-95, Mr. Bucher was a Foreign Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

By invitation, Steve occasionally speaks on estate planning topics to large and small groups, including corporate human resource events. He also has been a guest speaker on local radio programming.

Steve is a licensed attorney in California and New York. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, and the Trusts and Estates sections of the State Bar of California and Santa Clara County Bar Association.


  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Willamette University Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution
  • B.A., with honors, Santa Clara University
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • Federal: Northern District of California; Southern District of California


Steve was born and raised in San Jose, California, where he continues to live with his wife and son.

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