Trainor Fairbrook Remembers
In Memory of Our Beloved Colleagues
Nancy Hotchkiss Smith was a highly respected Sacramento real estate attorney and the first attorney to join Charles Trainor to establish Trainor Fairbrook. Nancy spent her entire 32-year legal career with the firm, representing many of the largest real estate owners and lenders in the region. Nancy was legendary for her aggressive advocacy on behalf of her devoted clients. She was honored many times during her career including being rated as a "Preeminent Attorney" by her peers. She was the first Sacramento attorney to be certified by the American Bankruptcy Board for her knowledge of bankruptcy and creditor rights law.
Nancy Hotchkiss was the President of CREW Sacramento in 1989 and served on its Boards and Committees for many years. She was President of the California Receivers Forum and the Barrister's Club of Sacramento. Nancy was a long-time member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities including Board member, Nomination Committee, youth leader and Sunday school teacher. She lived her faith every day by how she treated and interacted with others. Her youth home worship meetings during the summer were famous, always ending with a BBQ and the pool.
Nancy was the heart of Trainor Fairbrook for many years. She was taken from us much too early after a valiant fight with brain cancer, but her lasting impact on her clients, co-workers, CREW members, family, friends and the community will never be forgotten. Her love of life, the law and this firm will always be remembered.
The Nancy Hotchkiss Women of Impact Award
Awarded at Crew Sacramento Women of Influence Awards Ceremony Dinner
Nancy Hotchkiss was a high achiever in all aspects of her life. As an attorney, she zealously represented her clients and developed significant personal relationships with her clients. She made decisions regarding her cases based upon ethics, pragmatism and her clients' best interests. To say that she excelled in her field is an understatement.
Each year CREW Sacramento hosts the Women of Influence Awards Ceremony where they honor the accomplishments of women in the commercial real estate industry who are leaders in their field and have made an impact on our community. In 2010, Nancy was given CREW Sacramento's coveted "Woman of Impact" award for her many contributions. In 2017, CREW Sacramento renamed its top award after Nancy Hotchkiss.
The Nancy Hotchkiss Woman of Impact Award recognizes a woman that has made an impact on the local commercial real estate industry, her family and the local community. The nominee should be an achiever in her field or occupation, considers family and friends equally, if not more important than, her career, and displays generosity to others. Her impact on the local community may derive through participation in community service organizations or through the impact on individuals through personal volunteerism done not for recognition, but simply because assisting others is the right thing to do regardless of the visibility of her actions.
• Barbara Hayes - 2018
• Meea Kang - 2017
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