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Nossaman LLP

Jill N. Jaffe


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

Jill Jaffe is a business litigator who specializes in disputes between adjacent property owners as well as those involving public procurements and infrastructure projects. She also litigates IP/privacy and data protection matters in addition to professional liability actions.  She is experienced in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, including pre-litigation government investigations, pleadings, e-Discovery, dispositive motions, mediation, and trial.  She also represents clients in appellate proceedings. 

Additionally, Ms. Jaffe has expertise in all aspects of e-Discovery.  She has developed ESI protocols, managed ESI productions and privilege screens, negotiated protective orders in state and federal court, negotiated and developed search term queries, and managed large and complex document reviews.

Representative Work

Real Estate and Infrastructure Litigation

  • Custom House v. City of Monterey.  Represented client in dispute stemming from damage to hotel due to City’s construction activities, and potential impacts to hotel’s property rights due to City’s activities.  Dispute resolved in successful settlement between the parties.
  • Johnson v. Meyer et al.  Represented insured of Fidelity National Title Company regarding an easement dispute, including preparation of the motion for summary judgment.
  • Local Transportation Agencies. Represented San Francisco County Transportation Agency in pre-litigation claims negotiations related to stop loss notice filed by worker of general contractor, and San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority and other transportation agencies in California on issues related to public bidding process and protests.
  • Orozco v. Conrad. Successfully represented Ms. Orozco, who was fraudulently coerced into signing a lease with her new landlord. The jury made findings of fraud and returned a verdict of over $2.1 million in punitive damages after a one-month trial.
  • Telecommunications Company.  Represented tenant in dispute related to impact of tenant’s equipment on roof of building.  Dispute resolved in successful settlement between the parties.
  • West Coast v. SANDAG et al. Represented SANDAG in bid protest proceeding.  The court denied the protester’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt SANDAG’s award of the contract, and the case resolved favorably and quickly for SANDAG.  As a result, SANDAG was able to move forward with awarding the contract within the time frame set forth in the bid documents.

Intellectual Property and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • California Water Association.  Represents the statewide association representing investor-owned public utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission in proceedings affecting the delivery of safe, reliable water service at reasonable rates as well as provide advice regarding cybersecurity/privacy regulations.
  • Furniture Company.  Represent client in a trade secret dispute, involving the misappropriation of trade secret material by former employee.

Financial Services

  • Guido et al. v. Strategic Funding Source.  Represented client in class action brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law, which settled before the client was required to file a responsive pleading.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Represents the FDIC in a variety of commercial litigation matters resulting from bank failures; assists in investigations of professional liability claims against officers and directors and outside professionals.
    • R-G Premier Bank 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 litigation also includes a direct action against the insurance carrier.
    • Alliance Bank. Represented the FDIC as receiver for Alliance Bank in claims against former officers and directors.  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. 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.  Member of the team that successfully litigated and negotiated a settlement involving a multi-million dollar judgment.
  • Student Debt Document Preparation Companies. Defend client in the student loan document preparation industry in litigation against the Federal Trade Commission.  Claims include violations of the FTC Act and Telemarketing Sales Rule compliance.
  • Texas Capital Bank, N.A. Represented Texas Capital Bank, N.A. in disputes stemming from foreclosure proceedings brought in state and federal court.
Jill N. Jaffe
Jill N. Jaffe



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

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



U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations

Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Litigation Section

San Francisco Bar Association, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter

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