Attorneys & Staff

Attorney Profiles

Hugh Jackson

I graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and obtained my Juris Doctor degree in 1973. I have been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Family Law for 35 years. Following 53 years of full-time employment, including the past 45 years as a licensed attorney, I retired from the practice of law in September 2019.

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.

Jeannie Tran

I am an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California. I have been practicing law since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law and being admitted to the Bar in 2011. Prior to obtaining my Juris Doctor, I graduated from University of California: Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. My practice focuses on Probate, Trust Administration, Estate Planning, and Conservatorships. I am Chair of the Executive Committee of the Silicon Valley Bar Association.

Mariah Snowden

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 2016. Prior to obtaining my Juris Doctor, I graduated from University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor's Degree in International Political Economy where I was also an athlete on the women's swim team.

Office Staff

Kristina McHenery, Legal Secretary and Office Manager

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.