AMY ALVIS Attorney-Partner

Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Family Law, Divorce Mediation.

Amy's approach to estate planning is to focus on each client's unique needs and objectives. She helps identify her client’s unique needs and designs comprehensive estate plans for her clients that provide the maximum protection without compromise. For her family law clients, Amy strives to help them achieve an equitable resolution with dignity, expediency, and compassion. She tends toward a settlement focused approach when possible. As a trained mediator, Amy also provides mediation services for couples looking to find the least adversarial and most cost effective approach. Her broad experience enables her to provide keen insight for her clients. She is deeply committed to her clients and the ethical standards of her profession.


Amy attended college and law school in Chico, California. There she interned as the director of the Family Law Project division of the Community Legal Information Center and thereafter worked her way through law school as a Family Law and Personal Injury Paralegal. As a graduate of Cal Northern School of Law and passing the State Bar, she transitioned from a paralegal to an attorney in the personal injury field for a very traditional – long established law firm in downtown San Jose. However, as a new attorney and new mother, Amy was eventually presented with an important decision regarding the balance of work and family. Amy chose to put her career on hold and to stay home full time with her growing family.

Amy and her family relocated from San Jose to Brentwood in 2001 for many of the same reasons others have found Brentwood to be their home. It is a great place to raise a family, the community is warm and inviting, and the housing market gave them more bang for their buck. As her husband, Andy (now retired), was already working in San Francisco, Brentwood was the perfect place to plant their roots. After several years, Amy was ready to return to her legal career and knew that she was not willing to sacrifice the time she was able to have with her family and her community volunteer work. The concept of a job over the hill or in the City was out of the question. She knew she wanted to start her own law firm and work for herself. After mentoring under a Certified Estate Planning Specialist for two years, she began a new practice area for her in the Estate Planning field. After those two years, she took the leap to return full time to the practice and hang out her proverbial “shingle.” In 2012, Amy was introduced to Marie Quashnock and who eventually came into the firm as a Partner and from there, the two continued on their plan and a new type of Brentwood law firm began to take shape.

Amy enjoys traveling, trips to the wine country, paddleboarding, exploring new cuisine, and spending time with her husband, daughters, grandsons and two rescue Formosan Mountain Dogs.

MARIE QUASHNOCK Attorney-Partner

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Evictions, Business Law, Trademark & Intellectual Property

After over 35 years in private practice, Marie Quashnock has developed extensive experience representing individuals, startups, businesses, and public entities across a multitude of industries. In her transactional experience, Marie has advised real estate clients on a wide range of transactions, including sales contracts, lease arrangements, and debt and equity financing. Marie also developed a specialty in intellectual property law, having prosecuted hundreds of trademark registrations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of her clients. Marie also possesses a broad civil litigation experience in a variety of areas, focusing primarily on real estate and business litigation. Marie was named a Super Lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyer Magazine for two consecutive years, 2009 and 2010. Marie has been a partner at Alvis Quashnock and Associates in Brentwood since March 2013.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member of Real Estate Section of the California State Bar Association
  • Admitted to the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of the California District Court
  • Admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hobbies and Interests:

Marie speaks and writes fluent French, and she enjoys running and swimming, singing and music, home decorating and a good Chardonnay.

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