Ian R. Greensides


Ian R. Greensides has been practicing law since 2004.  Ian has actively successfully defended and litigated many cases to trial, including several successful appeals.

As your attorney, he will provide you with the information to make your decisions based on the law and facts.

Ian was the President of the Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association from 2020 through 2023.

Ian recently served as Interim Executive Director of People Acting in Community Together (PACT), a community organizing non-profit that advocates for social and economic justice.  PACT fights for equity for tenants, affordable housing, justice system reform, and police accountability.

Before becoming an attorney, Ian worked in financial services, advising individuals regarding investments, insurance, lending, retirement, and college planning. He also taught as an insurance licensing instructor in the South Bay.

Ian earned his Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy School of Law, his Masters in Public Administration from California State University East Bay, his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and he also attended the College of San Mateo, earning his Associate of Arts degree in English.

Ian is active in as a community volunteer.  He has also served as the President of the Cupertino Rotary Housing Corporation and has served on the Board of Directors for nonprofit organizations including the Fremont Union High School District Foundation (Sunnyvale), Campfire USA Golden Empire Council, the Lake Vera Mutual Water Company.  He has served on the City of Pleasant Hill's Rehabilitation Loan Committee, and was a Commissioner for the City of Pleasant Hill's Schools and Education Advisory Commission.  Ian was also a co-founder of Camp Saint Francis and served as its director for 16 years.

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  • An absolute pleasure to work with!

    My husband and I recently got our trust and will done by Ian. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. Mr. Greensides exhibits the utmost in professionalism, and he truly understands all aspects of wills and trusts. We felt totally comfortable in his able and experienced hands. All of our questi...
  • A Rare Find

    I've been around attorney's my whole life.  My mom worked for the DA in New York and my wife is a court reporter.  We had Ian handle two real estate cases for us, recommended Ian to a family member for a real estate issue and recommended Ian to a neighbor as well.  Everyone was thrilled by the wa...
  • Consider Consulting Ian

    Ian handled a real estate case for me in 2015. He did an excellent job and was very professional. I had a lot of questions and concerns regarding my case and Ian was very helpful and through in explaining everything. If anyone needs a good attorney you should consider consulting Ian.
  • Knowledgeable & Experienced

    Mr. Greensides was able to tell me everything I needed to know very clearly and succinctly in a short and efficient meeting.  He was obviously knowledgeable and experienced in this area and I plan on coming back to him for other issues as well.   Much thanks!
  • Knowledgeable & Professional

    He is very knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy. He is also very funny, this is a big plus when you are sitting with attorney.
  • A Great Help

    As my attorney Mr Greensides was a great help to me and my family I know that I can trust him and rely on him. He has served me and my father well we couldn't thank him enough. If your looking for a name you can count on look no further as Ian R. Greensides will be at your side. (No representati...
  • I Finally Met a Great Attorney

    After many years of being in need of an attorney I finally met a great attorney who knows what he is doing. With the great knowledge and expertise and willingness to help I am happy to highly recommend Ian R. Greensides. He is highly intelligent, detail oriented,  quick in getting back to you. I...
  • Knowledgeable, Responsive, and Easy to Work With

    Ian helped review my 2006 living trust and gave my husband and I very valuable advice how to have a better arrangement, given the changes in family structure and Estate Law.  He is very knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with.   He spent time explain and educated us for any questions we ...
  • He Made the Process Simple for Us

    We had Mr. Greensides do our will and trust earlier this year.  He was a great help.  Communicated well and explained everything we needed to do.  I could tell he was very knowledgeable and experienced by the way he answered my questions.  He made the process simple for us.   I'd highly recommen...
  • Thanks For All That You Have Done for Me and My Family!

    I've known Ian for many years through his volunteer capacities at a children's summer camp.  So when my mother needed an attorney who could "clean up" her estate, we naturally thought of Ian.  He took a partially completed trust and updated it so that when Mom passed, it was a simple matter to ad...
  • Made it Really Simple and Efficient

    Ian held us with wills and trust for the family.  Working with him was great, one simple phone conversation explained the process.  He sent the documents to be filled by email and I replied back . . . Experience of meeting him in person was even better, walked us through all our questions and qu...
  • He Saved Our Family Nearly $50,000 in Attorney's Fees

    Not only did Ian give me solid, helpful advice regarding that case, he also saved our family nearly $50,000 in attorney's fees. If you want to hire a mean, unprincipled, aggressive, unskilled, and costly attorney, Ian is NOT your man. He has an extremely strong moral compass, and a non-challengin...
  • We Were Very Happy With Their Service and Would Not Hesitate to Recommend Them to Others

    We were moving overseas for a work assignment and needed to set up a Trust, execute Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.  It was a compressed timeframe as our move was booked.  Greensides Law provided fantastic service to ensure the information was captured, the documents were created, executed...
  • Mr. Greensides made it painless

    We used the law services of Mr. Greensides several times. He worked with us on creating a will, a family trust and transferring property to the trust. Working with him has been a frictionless experience throughout. He did not waste our time and was efficient in getting the information he needed. ...