Born in Winchester, Virginia, Hal H. Bolen II and his family moved out West, where he eventually attended California State University, Fresno. There, Hal was awarded Bachelors of Arts and Science in Economics and Accounting degrees in 1971 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1973. Hal worked as an accountant during his college years, and upon graduation chose to attend law school at the University of California, Davis, where he served on the Moot Court Board and wrote for and served as Co-Managing Editor of the Law Review. Hal graduated and was admitted to the California Bar in 1976 and returned to Fresno to enter private practice with one of its oldest and largest local firms.
In 1986, Hal accepted the position of Regional Counsel for The Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Agricultural Realty Group in Sacramento, serving as the principal attorney in an office whose territory included the eleven western states. When Prudential’s management decided that Agricultural lawyers should be relocated to company headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, Hal chose instead to return to Fresno to co-found Bolen Fransen LLP along with Ken Fransen and former partner Donna Boostrom.
Hal’s practice focuses on real estate, finance, corporate, taxation and general business. He has taught Business Organizations and Real Property at California State University, Fresno and San Joaquin College of Law and lectures on a variety of subjects frequently.
Finding it difficult to ever say no, Hal has had the privilege of serving on several State Bar committees including acting as Co-Chair of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission in the years of its formation and following. He has and continues to serve on community Boards and organizations such as The Fresno Business Council, Operation Clean Air, Woodward Shakespeare Festival, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, The Fresno Metropolitan Museum, The Lively Arts Foundation, The Ag Lenders Society of California, AgOne Foundation, Fresno Coalition for Art, Science and History, Arts to Zoo Campaign, Fresno County Bar Association and Fresno County Young Lawyers Association.
Hal is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of Fresno Rotary.
Should he ever retire from his practice, Hal would likely pursue a second career as rock musician, stage actor or professional soccer player.