Jill Jaffe specializes in litigating disputes between adjacent property owners and disputes involving public procurements and infrastructure projects.  She also litigates intellectual property, business disputes, and professional liability actions.

Jill has particular experience counseling clients on myriad aspects of public contracting and procurement disputes, including defending bid protest challenges and litigating construction claims.  Her construction claims experience includes representing clients before dispute review panels and board in multiple states and in high-stakes disputes on a myriad of issues that arise in the context of a complex infrastructure project, including utility adjustments and relocations, environmental permitting, environmental re-evaluation, and delay and disruption claims.  She helps clients address organizational conflicts under California and federal law, comply with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements and navigate the California Government Claims Act.  She also provides general counsel services to public transportation agencies on a wide variety of matters, including construction contracts, alternative procurement processes, the Brown Act and Public Records Act.

Jill 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 has successfully obtained verdicts for her clients as a first-chair trial attorney.  In addition, Jill 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.




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.

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.


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.


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.


Speaking Engagements


Community & Professional

Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Northern California Chapter, Board of Governors, Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Urban Land Institute (ULI), NEXT; NEXT Steering Committee

Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association, Member


Honors & Recognitions

Selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list, 2020



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