Jill Jaffe 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.
Ms. Jaffe contributes her comments and insights on court decisions and news impacting privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection to the Firm’s Privacy Law Report blog.
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.
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.
Counseling and Advice
San Francisco Country 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 serving as general counsel to WETA. Provides advice on Brown Act matters at public agency meetings. Provides pre-litigation counseling regarding bid protests and contract disputes.