Denae Hildebrand Budde
Managing Shareholder

Denae Budde is a California native with more than 20 years of experience in real estate, business and insurance coverage. Denae’s current practice emphasizes real estate and business matters both handling client’s transactions and efficiently resolving any litigation matter. Denae has tried over fifty cases to verdict including a multi-million dollar insurance coverage trial. Denae’s extensive trial experience, uniquely equips her to assess how agreements will be evaluated and handled in a dispute, which assists her in drafting documents and counseling in litigation matters. Denae attempts to provide clear and concise objective counsel to her clients along with the potential cost and consequences of certain decisions. Whether negotiating and drafting real estate agreements from acquisition documents, financing documents, leases or CC&Rs, Denae evaluates the client’s goals and provides the most cost effective options. In handling business matters from forming an entity for audiologist or business agreements for owner buy-outs, Denae focuses on her client’s goals. Clients not only rely on Denae for their transactional and litigation needs, but also seek her advice as outside general counsel. She has received the AV “Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Denae is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Associate including the real estate, business and women’s sections. She has served on the Board of Directors for CCCBA and has been an Affiliate Governor on the Board of California Women Lawyers and Past President of the Contra Costa County Women’s Section. Denae has been a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Law Committee and Women in the Law Committee. She has also been a member of the Contra Costa County chapter of the Robert G. McGrath Inn of Court. Denae graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1993 and was a Comments Editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal. After earning her master’s in education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986, she taught elementary school before attending law school. Denae also received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1985.

Denae has been a presenter on real estate, business and insurance matters as well as having authored articles on those subjects. Most recently she presented on “The Pros and Pitfalls of Binding Arbitration in California” and also gave a presentation on
“What’s Your Fiduciary Duty- A Comparison of Partnerships, LLCs, Corporations and Board Members.”

Denae was born in Mountain View, California and is married with three adult children.

Denae can be reached by e-mail at