Attorneys & Staff

Attorney Profiles

Hugh Jackson

I am a lawyer licensed to practice as such before all Courts of this state. I have been practicing law in Santa Clara County since 1974. I am a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. My practice is dedicated exclusively to family law matters within Santa Clara County. Since 1984, I have been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Family Law. I have continuously maintained an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell since the early 1980s. *

James Efting

I am a duly licensed attorney in the State of California and have been practicing in Santa Clara County since 1979 after receiving my Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. I am a past President of the Silicon Valley Bar Association. I have been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law since 1992. My practice is limited to Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration.

Marcus Godfrey

I am a lawyer licensed to practice in the State of California. I have been practicing law in Santa Clara County since 2012 after receiving my Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to law school, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis, where I was also an athlete on the men's rowing team. I am a member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association and the Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association.

Katherine Efting

I am an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California. I have been practicing law in Santa Clara County since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law and being admitted to the Bar in 2013. Prior to obtaining my Juris Doctor, I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor's Degree in English. My practice focuses on Probate, Trust Administration, and Estate Planning. I am a member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association and the Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association.

*Martindale Hubbell is an independent company which evaluates law firms throughout the country. Only 5% of firms achieve this top rating, based on integrity, achievement and reputation and we are honored to be among those who have received and maintained the AV rating.

Office Staff

Cecilia Jackson, Office Manager & Paralegal

I am a lifelong resident of Santa Clara County, having graduated from Presentation High School before attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. I have been working in the legal field since 1985 and have been with Jackson & Efting since 1988.

Mary Hamilton, Paralegal

I started in family law in Santa Clara county in 1982. My skills as a paralegal have been focused on complex family law cases since 1990. I have worked with many Certified Family Law Specialists throughout the years. I have been fortunate to work with the family law team at Jackson & Efting since 2002.

Kristina McHenery, Legal Secretary

I have my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts Social Behavior from De Anza College in Cupertino and intend to enroll at San Jose State to obtain my Bachelor's of Science. I have been with Jackson & Efting since 2006 and pride myself on my attention to detail and understanding our clients' specific wishes.