Attorneys at Law

Robert M. Henderson

Bob Henderson is the senior partner and has practiced law in the Tahoe Basin for thirty-five years. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a major in economics. Bob received his law degree from the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, graduating with honors including membership to the Thurston Society and the Order of the Coif.

Bob represents many Tahoe businesses and handled the successful sale of Sunset Ranch to the Tahoe Conservancy, at the time the largest sale of this nature in the history of the South Shore. He is admitted to both the California and Nevada State Bar Associations and is an active litigator in the courts of both states. His firm specialty is real property litigation, business formation, and insurance defense.

Published Opinions:

  • City Of South Lake Tahoe v. Superior Court, 62 Cal. App.4th 971 (1998)
  • Perry v. Heavenly Valley, 163 Cal App.3d 495 (1985)
  • Hale v. Morgan, 22 Cal.3d 388 (1978)

Michael K. Johnson

Michael Johnson is the managing partner of the firm. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. Mike was licensed in Nevada in 1997, in California in 1998 and in Colorado in 2002 (inactive). He serves as a judge pro tem in Douglas County Tahoe Township Justice Court, Dispute Resolution Conference judge pro tem in El Dorado County Superior Court, and is a qualified arbitrator for the Nevada Court Annexed Arbitration program. He is also on the State Bar of Nevada discipline screening panel (Northern). Mike is a member of the Washoe and Douglas County Bar Associations.

Mike’s law practice includes business and corporation law, civil litigation, real estate, construction, collection of commercial debts, appeals, insurance defense, contract law, environmental law, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) issues, insurance law and Federal Court practice.

Clients represented by Mike include ski areas, casinos, real estate brokers and developers, governmental entities, homeowners associations, hotels and a wide variety of businesses and individuals.

Mike is active as a member of the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club.

Michael P. Hambsch – Of Counsel

Michael P. Hambsch was admitted to practice law in 1974 and has been practicing in the Lake Tahoe Basin since 1980. He received his B.A. from University of California and law degree from California Western School of Law. Michael was licensed in 1974 to practice in all state courts in California and in Nevada in 1981. He served as judge pro tem in Orange County and currently here in El Dorado County, mediator and alternative dispute resolution arbitrator.

Formerly a partner with the Orange County law firm of Lawton, Christenson, Fazio, McDonell, Briggs, Ward & DeSales. Formerly the principal and managing attorney for the Law Offices of Michael P. Hambsch in South Lake Tahoe.

Michael’s law practice includes family law, real estate transactions, business formation, will and estate planning, and probate.

Kenneth C. Rollston – Emeritus

Ken Rollston, retired partner of Rollston, Henderson & Johnson, practiced law in the Tahoe Basin since 1974. Ken’s undergraduate and law degrees were from Columbia University.

Ken was the original staff attorney for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and served as counsel on various matters for the city of South Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe Public Utility District. He represented many Tahoe businesses including Tahoe Seasons Resort, Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association, Alpine Rentals, and Tamarack Rentals. He was successful in representing a client in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ken was on the Lake Tahoe Community College district board for 25 years and served as its president four times. He was instrumental in bringing the Court Appointed Special Advocates program for children to the South Lake Tahoe court system, and he supported youth sports for many years as a baseball coach from Little League up to Senior Babe Ruth.

Ken had many passions, but he especially loved fly fishing, from streams in Big Sky and Kodiak Island to the saltwater flats of Los Roques and Christmas Island. He was a world traveler, an inveterate golfer, a wine connoisseur, and a Dodgers fan since childhood. In recent years, he became a fearsome fantasy football player. Mr. Rollston died on Jan. 3, 2017, while on a trip to Monterey.

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Geographic Areas of Regular Practice

El Dorado and Alpine County California, including South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Markleeville, Kirkwood, and Homewood

Douglas County Nevada, including Stateline, Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Genoa, Minden, Gardnerville