Charles M. Palmer
Charlie Palmer is an experienced estate planning attorney who brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to his practice. Charlie obtained a B.A. in English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota. He completed all the coursework towards a Masters in English Literature from Fresno State, joining the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society with a 4.0 GPA.
Charlie obtained his Juris Doctorate from the San Joaquin College of Law. While at law school, he served as Judicial Extern to Chief Judge Anthony W. Ishii of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Charlie won the Best Brief award in the Hopper Moot Court Competition, and the Witkin Award for Federal Courts. He is currently licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California, as well as the United States District Court, Central District.
Charlie is an active member of the Fresno Estate Planning Council and the Fresno County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Section. He maintains close ties with accountants, financial advisors and other professional who can assist with his clients’ overall estate plans.
Every year from 2015 to 2018, Charlie has received the “Wiley W. Manuel Certificate For Pro Bono Legal Services” for his work providing free legal services to veterans and low-income senior citizens. In 2016, Palmer Kucera LLP was awarded “Pro Bono Law Firm of The Year” by the Fresno County Bar Association. Charlie regularly attends “stand downs” to offer free legal counseling to veterans, and “senior law days” at the San Joaquin College of Law to similarly assist seniors. Mr. Palmer is happy to meet clients in their homes, care facilities or hospital rooms, and even to execute all documents there (he is also a notary public).
Born and raised in Chicago, Charlie has lived in Fresno, off and on, since the early nineties and now considers the Central Valley his home.He enjoys traveling, going to concerts and spending time with his three children who keep him busy and (mostly) amused.
Andrew S. Kucera
Andy Kucera is a full-time Professor of Law at San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL) in Clovis, CA, where he teaches Real Property, Real Property Drafting, Remedies, and “Practice 99” (a combination of law practice management, technology, and access to justice). In 2014 and 2017, he received the Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.
Mr. Kucera is also a partner at Palmer Kucera LLP in Clovis, CA, where he practices civil litigation, real estate/business law, landlord/tenant law, and estate planning. He is admitted to practice in all California courts and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Mr. Kucera is also a founder and executive director of the Law Practice Institute (www.lawpracticeinstitute.com), a nonprofit legal incubator that educates and trains lawyers in practice management and substantive law. He has presented to bar associations and lawyers around the country on the topic of “paperless” law offices.
Mr. Kucera was Valedictorian of the 2013 graduating class of SJCL, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate with High Honors. At SJCL, he received the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence and seventeen Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence.
In 2005, Mr. Kucera obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. At CSUF, he published a thesis entitled “Effects of Mediators and Cases on Mandatory Settlement Conferences.” Prof. Kucera also received the Fresno Merchants Association and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation scholarships.
In 2004, Mr. Kucera co-founded Valley Vista Properties, a real estate sales, finance, and property management company in Clovis, CA, where he remains a Shareholder and Director. He has been a licensed California Real Estate Broker since 2001 and obtained the GRI designation in 2009.
In 1997, Mr. Kucera obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, with Distinction in Economics, and a minor in Real Estate, from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he received nominations from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key national honor societies.
Mr. Kucera is also a volunteer member and Team Leader of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team. In 2016, the SAR Team and Mr. Kucera received an Official Commendation for Achievement from Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims for their role in the nine-day search for missing hiker Miyuki Harwood.
Mr. Kucera is happily married with two great children.He and his family enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking, horse packing, reading, gardening, and road trips.
Andrew K. Earl
Drew Earl is a Law Clerk at Palmer|Kucera LLP. Mr. Earl assists those who are involved or anticipate being involved in civil litigation. Mr. Earl has helped clients in a wide array of matters including personal injury, construction defect, elder abuse claims, misappropriation of estate assets, improper trust and probate administration, creditor collection, breach of contract, business disputes, general contract and business matters, real estate transactions, zoning regulation, and municipal code violations.
At Palmer Kucera LLP, Mr. Earl is an advocate for those seeking justice and equitable treatment under the law. Mr. Earl is versed in the adversarial process of the California court system with experience ranging from defending clients threatened by criminal punishment to prosecuting civil claims on behalf of clients who here harmed.
Mr. Earl obtained his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law having earned a Witkin Award for Excellence in Business Organizations while also having worked for the Tulare County Public Defender and multiple civil practice law firms. Mr. Earl also attended California State University, Fresno where he obtained a Bachelor of Science, in Criminology with an emphasis in Law Enforcement having also been recognized as both a Dean’s and President’s List recipient for academic achievement.
Away from his work, Mr. Earl considers himself a foodie and appreciates the locally owned food joints the community of Fresno County has to offer. On the weekends, Drew can also be found riding his Harley Davidson through the hills or snowboarding down China Peak in the winter.
Nicholas R. Urgesi
Nick Urgesi is a Law Clerk at Palmer|Kucera LLP. Nick has lived in the Central Valley since 2001 after relocating from the Midwest. Nick received a degree in Business Management-Finance from California State University, Fresno, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the San Joaquin College of Law.
While at law school, he received the Witkin Award of Academic Excellence in Contract Law, Real Property Law, and Individual Income Tax Law. He law clerked for several litigation firms, including Palmer Kucera LLP.
Nick enjoys practicing personal injury law because he is representing someone in need, rather than a faceless business. Having been a victim in a personal injury case himself, Nick understands his clients needs, but more importantly he understands what the insurance companies are looking for. Having this knowledge, Nick zealously advocates on his clients’ behalf to obtain favorable results.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys fishing, snowboarding, attending Fresno State football games, golfing, and spending time with his family.