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Law is my second career. I have an MFA from UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. I have worked as a university professor and an independent filmmaker. I directed two feature films. (Google my name - Jeanne Collachia - and find out all sorts of nefarious things about me.) My background in motion pictures, and creative writing helps me tell your story in a compelling way. My background in law enables me to apply the facts (your story) to the law so that I can persuade a court to give you the relief you seek.


I represent both appellants and respondents, but for some reason it is mostly would-be appellants who contact me. I have represented appellants in 16 appeals that were pursued from filing the Notice of Appeal through written opinion by the Court of Appeal. I have gotten 5 reversals. Each time that I have represented a respondent the Court of Appeal has affirmed. I pride myself on my ability to advocate clearly, simply, and effectively in plain English.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 80%
    15 years, 25 cases
  2. Unspecified: 20%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I endorse this lawyer. From discussing cases with her, it is obvious that she is extremely knowledgeable about the procedural and substantive issues raised in her trial and appellate cases. She is exceptionally diligent, hard-working, and thorough in preparing her briefs and other written materials.


    Thomas Ray
    Relationship: Friend

  • Wm Todd Berry

    I endorse this lawyer. I am a workers' compensation attorney and needed the assistance of an experienced appellate attorney in a large death case to prepare a writ. I was pleased with Ms. Collachia and very impressed with the briefs.


    Wm Berry Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

20236 Leadwell St
Winnetka, CA, 91306


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor SocietyPhi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity1998
First Honors Award Children and the LawLoyola Law School1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Jeanne Collachia2003 - Present
AssociateMarone Robinson Frederick & Foster2003 - 2003
AssociateKemalyan & Richland2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appellate Forum - Linked Inmember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Reno Air Racing Assn., Inc. v. McCord 452 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2006)reversal on an abuse of discretion standard - represented appellant
Marriage of Lafkas (2007) 153 Cal. App. 4th 1429dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction
Ghadrdan v. Gorabi (2010) 182 Cal. App. 4th 416affirmed - represented appellant
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalUnderdogs Make Their Marks by Alan I. Cyrlin (an article about my case Reno Air Racing Assn. v. McCord)2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Northwestern UniversityTheatreN/AN/A
University of California - Los AngelesMotion Picture / Television ProductionMFAN/A