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Jill N. Jaffe


T 415.438.7275
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jill Jaffe, CIPP/US, is a business litigator who partners with clients in resolving a broad range of disputes, with a particular emphasis on corporate liability actions, privacy and data protection, and financial services.  She is experienced in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, including pre-litigation government investigations, pleadings, discovery and e-Discovery, dispositive motions, mediation, and trial preparation.  She also represents clients in appellate proceedings. 

Ms. Jaffe has expertise in all aspects of e-Discovery including developing ESI protocols; managing ESI productions and privilege screens; negotiating protective orders in state and federal court; negotiating and developing search term queries; and managing document reviews.

Additionally, Ms. Jaffe represents public utilities and industrial clients in proceedings before administrative agencies in California, such as the California Public Utilities Commission.  She regularly provides counsel in rate-setting and rulemaking proceedings, and defends claims based on air quality and water quality regulations.

Representative Work


Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center, Inc. et al. v. Blue Cross of California, et. al. (United States District Court, Central District of California).  Represent welfare plan defendant in ERISA action involving hundreds of parties.  Motions to dismiss complaint are pending.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Represents the FDIC in a variety of commercial litigation matters resulting from recent bank failures; assists in investigations of professional liability claims against officers and directors and outside professionals.

  • R-G Premier Bank of Puerto Rico. (United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico).  Represents the FDIC as receiver for R-G Premier Bank in claims against former officers and directors of the failed bank.  The case involves unsafe and unsound CRE lending and the failure to properly supervise the Bank’s CRE lending function.  The litigation also includes a direct action against the insurance carrier.
  • Alliance Bank. (United States District Court, Central District of California).  Represented the FDIC as receiver for Alliance Bank in claims against former officers and directors.  The lawsuit involved large and risky CRE loans as well as legal issues ranging from the applicable statute of limitations to the scope of the business judgment rule.  This case resulted in a settlement involving the second largest personal contribution by the defendants to date of all FDIC litigation ensuing from the recent banking crises.
  • 1st Centennial Bank. (United States District Court, Central District of California).  Represented FDIC as receiver for 1st Centennial Bank in the professional liability litigation against former officers and directors.  This litigation resolved in a favorable settlement for the FDIC.
  • FDIC as Receiver for La Jolla Bank v. Tarkanian.  (United States District Court, District of Nevada; United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada).  Member of the team that successfully litigated and negotiated a settlement involving a multi-million dollar judgment.

City of Oakland v. PFRS.  (California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District).  Represents the City of Oakland in post-trial matters in a lawsuit to determine the proper level of pension benefits under a closed pension plan.   

Texas Capital Bank, N.A. (California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District; United States District Court, Northern District of California).  Represents Texas Capital Bank, N.A. in disputes stemming from foreclosure proceedings brought in state and federal court.

Orozco v. Conrad. Successfully represented Ms. Orozco, who ran a Mexican restaurant and was fraudulently coerced into signing a lease with her new landlord.  She ended up suing for a variety of torts in connection with an unpleasant lock-out and actions by the landlord to retain her fixtures, furniture, and equipment. The jury made findings of fraud and returned a verdict of over $2.1 million in punitive damages after a one-month trial.

Counseling and Advice

San Francisco County Transportation Authority.  Member of the team serving as general counsel to SFCTA.  Provides advice on Brown Act and administrative code matters at public agency and committee meetings.  Provides pre-litigation counseling regarding bid protests, potential contract award disputes, and stop notices.

California Water Association.  Represents the statewide association representing investor-owned public utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission in proceedings relevant to recycled water, water contamination, conservation and other policy matters impacting the delivery of safe, reliable water service at reasonable rates.

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority.  Member of the Nossaman team that served as general counsel to WETA.  Provided advice on Brown Act matters at public agency meetings.  Provided pre-litigation counseling regarding bid protests and contract disputes.

Jill N. Jaffe
Jill N. Jaffe



J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2012, Order of the Coif, Environmental Law Certificate, Articles Editor and Submissions Coordinator, Ecology Law Quarterly

B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008, Highest Honors and College Honors



U.S. District Court, Central District of CA

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CA

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Litigation Section

Advisory Board Member, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, Berkeley, CA     

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

San Francisco Bar Association, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

Leadership Development Board, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Francisco Chapter

Earl Warren American Inn of Court

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