Eugene C. Payne III

Of Counsel


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Gene advises businesses and financial institutions on transactional matters pertaining to general corporate law, loan documentation, operations advice, contract and lease negotiation and preparation, and regulatory matters. Gene was in the Office of the General Counsel at Bank of America before he joined Tobin & Tobin in 1978. He has represented acquirers and the acquired in merger and acquisition transactions involving financial institutions. He served terms as chair of the San Francisco Bank Attorneys’ Association and as co-chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Banking, Business and
Corporation Law Sections.

As a director of and legal advisor to numerous nonprofits, Gene understands the legal issues of concern to charitable organizations. He represented University of San Francisco, St. Ignatius College Preparatory and Hanna Boys Center in connection with each corporation’s participation in financings supported by the issuance of California State Revenue Bonds. Gene served on the executive committee of the board of directors of Hanna Boys Center (Sonoma), and the board of directors/regents for the following: the Archbishop Alemany Scholarship Fund (San Francisco), St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco), the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center (San Francisco), and the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation (San Francisco). He serves as secretary and on the board of directors of San Francisco-based Waterbridge Outreach: Books + Water. He served as a director of the Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage and as a director and treasurer of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

In 1995, Gene received the St. Thomas More Award given annually to a member of the legal profession by San Francisco’s St. Thomas More Society. The award citation read, in part:

“The Apostle Paul writes, ‘I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some’ (1 Cor. 9:22). So also Thomas More was, and so also Gene Payne is. As was our patron, he is a man of consequence without pretense, an advocate without rancor, and a Catholic Christian without boast.”

Gene has been a member of the Order of Malta since 1990 and served from 2003 through 2008 as Hospitaller of the Western Association, whose committee oversees the charitable works of the Order.


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1973

A.B., Georgetown University, 1969


San Francisco Bar Association, Banking, Business and Corporation Law Section
Past Co-Chair

San Francisco Bank Attorneys’ Association
Past Chair

St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco
Past President


St. Thomas More Award