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Hart King Announces Managing Partner Transition

The founding partner of Southern California law firm Hart King, William R. Hart, will step down as managing partner, effective January 1, 2020. His new role within the firm will be Senior Counsel. Mr. Hart has been practicing law since 1976 and has spent his entire career at Hart King, establishing the firm in 1982. He has managed the firm’s finances and its successes for nearly 40 years.

Two Hart King Partners, John Pentecost and Andrew Kienle, who have collectively worked at the firm for over 50 years, will assume the new roles as “Shareholder & Managing Partner”.

John Pentecost has been with Hart King since 1988 and is a group leader in the firm’s manufactured housing practice. He has litigated multiple trials and has had extensive involvement in defending mobilehome communities— ranging from ground lease dispute issues, state and federal fair housing issues including discrimination, failure to maintain actions, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) matters. Mr. Pentecost graduated from University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law in 1981, and before that earned his B.S. from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.

Andrew Kienle is a litigation partner at Hart King with wide ranging experience representing trustees, beneficiaries and conservators in trust and estate disputes, as well as clients involved in complex business, real estate and employment matters in state and federal court. Mr. Kienle graduated from California Western School of Law in 1996, and before that earned his B.A. from Arizona State University.

“I believe that now is the right time for me personally, and for the Firm, to transition to our next chapter of leadership. Hart King has many talented professionals, and my decision is only possible because we have outstanding leaders ready to lead our Firm,” says William R. Hart, Managing Partner, Hart King. “I look forward to supporting the firm from a different role and I know that Hart King will continue to thrive and accomplish all their future legal and business objectives.”

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