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Who We Are

For more than 40 years, Gaw Van Male has been the premier law firm regionally and statewide for estate planning, wine law and business transactions. We serve California’s leading winery, vineyard, farm and business owners.

GVM serves and preserves family businesses for owners, families and employees. We are trusted advisors and confidants dedicated to providing first-class service to our clients. We strive to create lifelong relationships.

We provide personal service by building a relationship with our clients. We make it a point to learn about you, your needs and desires to develop a legal strategy that will achieve your goals. We strive to always be responsive and understand your objectives, demonstrating our integrity and ability to serve as your trusted advisor. We consistently challenge you to think in a way that you have never thought of before.

We take practicing law very seriously, and we’re good at what we do. One of our core values is to practice law in a friendly and approachable manner. We create a comfortable environment for you that fosters open communication.

As a team, we have a deep commitment to our communities. We consistently lend our time to local organizations. Volunteering is our privilege, and we do it because we’re wholly invested in our communities. When we’re not in the office, you can find us spending time with our families, traveling the world, coaching little league, volunteering, cooking, gardening and, of course, enjoying (and sometimes making) wine from the beautiful Napa Valley.