By San Diego County District Attorney
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Charles M. Riffle, a founding partner of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol and Riffle APC, retired on January 1, 2023. Mr. Riffle practiced law in San Mateo County for 50 years. He was a former President of the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention. He also chaired both the family law and probate sections of the San Mateo County Bar Association.
Mr. Riffle was a prolific writer in both family law and probate law, and mentored many young attorneys, some of whom have become shareholders in Aaron, Riechert, Carpol and Riffle APC. He received the Dorothy M. Wolfe Award (twice) from the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, and the James M. Dennis, Diversity and Walter H. Harrington Awards from the San Mateo County Bar Association.
In 2014 Mr. Riffle won a national title at the North American Bridge Championships held in Las Vegas, NV.
Chuck Riffle with the Honorable Susan Greenberg
Chuck Riffle was awarded the Walter H. Harrington Award in Grateful Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Court, Bar And Public by the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association.
As of December 31, 2020, Catherine “Kitty” Raye-Wong has decided after 27 years of practice to retire. Catherine and the rest of Raye-Wong & Associates merged with ARCR in 2013. No one could have envisioned how well that merger would have worked out for both sides. Raye-Wong & Associates started when Kitty left her work at the court to work for Richard Henson. Shortly after she joined, Mr. Henson passed away suddenly of a heart attack, and Kitty found herself having to run Mr. Henson’s practice. Kitty ran that practice extremely well and grew it into Raye Wong & Associates. Many of the cases that we work on today come from Kitty’s hard work in developing a large, dedicated client base.
Kitty also added several strong pieces to her previous firm. And while Kitty is retiring, we are fortunate to have Leticia, Holly, Kathy, Karena, Billy & Jaedra still with us from Raye-Wong & Associates.
We wish Kitty the best of luck in retirement after her successful career. We hope that Kitty will continue to visit the office when she needs a break from retirement because we have read that “the trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”
And even if she does not need a break, we hope to continue to see and connect with Kitty in 2021 and beyond because, in the words of one wise attorney, “There are big ships. There are small ships. There are ships that sail the seas, but the greatest ships of all are friendships.”
Thank you again, Kitty!
With gratitude from your entire ARCR family ~
On May 10, Jessica L. Rowe, of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, received the Elinor Falvey Award from The Women Lawyers’s Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Each year, at the Women Lawyers Spring Judges’ Luncheon, the Elinor Falvey Award is presented to a person or organization that advances the interests of women.
This award is in memory of one of the first women attorneys in San Mateo County, noted for her deep belief in equal access to justice. Dorothy Wolfe was an ardent supporter of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County throughout her career.
”Every lawyer has the duty to uphold the honor and standards of our profession, and improve not only the law but the fair administration of justice. In our system of justice, all litigants, rich and poor, must have counsel to assure that disputes are fairly resolved.– CHUCK RIFFLE