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Nicholas Paul Jellins

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Menlo Park, CA

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Nicholas Jellins

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
    California - CA 36 years
    Virginia - VA 40 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1982
    Associate No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    Representation of property managers, landlords and tenants in agreements and dispute resolution.

    36 years, 750 cases

  2. Probate
    Representation of estate administrators and heirs in probate administration and litigation.

    26 years, 100 cases

  3. Real estate
    Representation of buyers, sellers and developers in residential and commercial transactions and dispute resolution.

    41 years, 500 cases

  4. Land use and zoning
    Representation of property owners seeking land use entitlements before state, county and city agencies, such as Planning Commissions, Board of Supervisors and City Counsels.

    27 years, 100 cases

The Jellins Group, a Professional Law Corporation, counsels and represents individuals, families and businesses in real estate, civil litigation, business formation, probate and trust administration, probate litigation, landlord tenant relations and estate planning. The firm’s mission is to provide responsive, personalized service employing innovative strategies to facilitate the client’s attainment of their personal, business and estate planning goals.

Contact Nicholas

The Jellins Group APLC
841 Menlo Ave
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-4728


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Ian | June 28, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord/Tenant Issue
Although, I likely don't have a case yet, Nicholas was extremely polite and answered the phone after hours. He provided me some self-help tips on mitigating my current situation. Towards the end, we ended up talking about our kids. Very friendly and educational. Thank you!
Posted by Jennifer | February 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and kind!!
I am being sued by my old landlord and being that I have never been in trouble with the law or had to appear in court, I was terrified. I did an extensive search for attorneys that could assist me in preparing for my case. Most responses I received were very impersonal. Nicholas Jellins responded to my email in a timely manner and was available when I needed. He was very reassuring and made me feel less terrified about the court system and how to present my case. He listened to everything I had to say and gave me sound advice on each matter. He reassured me that I would have time to explain my situation because that was a big concern of mine. He is very knowledgeable and most importantly, very personable. After guiding me through the process and giving me sound advice, he said he would be available if I needed further assistance or had any other questions. I would highly recommend The Jellins Group for your legal matters!
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Posted by Patricia | August 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring, Knowledgeable Attorney
We had a consultation today with Mr. Jellins and found him to be patient, extremely helpful, and kind. He answered our questions in detail and brought up some issues we were not aware of. Made suggestions that should make our process more efficient and effective.
Posted by Marths | July 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Martha OBrien
Excellent help with a landlord that had rented a property to me that was not a legal residence. Went way out of his way to make sure my legal needs were taken care of. His office assistant Sean was also a great help to me. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone needing help of any kind. Great people!!
Posted by Tom | December 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deep research, wise advice and clear options for moving forward
I was very impressed overall. Nicholas reviewed a *lot* of information relating to my inquiry, and dug deep into the details of my real estate probate mystery (including consulting with other experts). He provided me with a clear context on what was going on, and established a path to resolution of the issue. He billed me exactly what he initially quoted, even though the situation was more complex than either of us would have originally anticipated. A well earned 5 stars. (Also, Sean was responsive and professional in helping me set up an appointment. These folks are very easy to work with.)
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Posted by Mohamed C | November 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Great Attorney
I can’t say enough about Nicholas and this firm. His expertise, intelligence, diligence and knowledge of the law is only matched by his decency and ethics. Nicholas turned around a potentially awful situation for myself and my child. I’d spoken with numerous experts and they missed key details that Nicholas found. More than just that Nicholas has a deeply human touch and is a gentlemen’s gentleman through and through. The respect he has in the field meant that the opposing counsel treated us with respect and a solution was found with ease. I can’t say enough. Additionally, Sean, his assistant exhibits the same qualities Nicholas carries. I recommend Nicholas Jellins without hesitation. Nicholas is a great lawyer and a good person who cares for his clients.
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Posted by Filip | November 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help with lease termination agreement
I was tenant in rent-protected apartment complex that was being remodeled and my landlord offered me lease termination agreement, at which point I hired Mr. Jellins to review to contract and explain it to me, which he did in timely and professional fashion. Mr. Jellins was very patient answering all and any questions I had.
Posted by Trevor | March 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer tenant-landlord disputes
We sought Mr. Jellins' help while navigating a dispute with our former landlords. In our initial phone call, he kindly and patiently outlined the routes we could potentially take, and how he could help us with each of them. After surveying a few other attorneys, we found the prospect of working with Mr. Jellins to be the most promising, so we moved forward with his services. He and his associates were very accommodating throughout our experience, doing research, providing resources, and helping us understand all aspects of our situation. This enabled us to prepare a letter to our landlords ourselves, which he then carefully edited. Through his assistance, we were able to attain a favorable result. We are grateful to have worked with him, and would not hesitate to do so again! Highly recommended.
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Posted by M. Moreno | May 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Got help as tenant
Mr. Nicholas and Mr. Sean helped me in my doubts related to a problem with my current landlord. They guide and gave good tips and how we can move forward. Their professionalism and proactive way to conduct my case gave me enough confidence, to keep them for this, and future needs. Highly recommended.
Posted by Wilson | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable and Professional
I engaged Mr. Jellins to handle a tenant issue. I found Mr. Jellins to be very professional and highly knowledgable about landlord/tenant issues. Before I engaged him to perform work, he provided very helpful guidance. After interviewing a number of other attorneys, I found Mr. Jellin's guidance to be most thorough, thus I engaged him for services. He did the research and provided me with all of the necessary information. From there, we agreed that I could save on fees if I prepared the letter to the tenant myself armed with his research. He refunded a part of the retainer for work he did not need to perform. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Ethan | May 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer for landlord-tenant disputes
I am a tenant involved in a landlord-tenant dispute. My experience with Mr. Jellins has been excellent. - He had responded promptly to communications, - He seemed very knowledgeable and up to date about the how the law applied during the COVID-19 outbreak, - He has been easy to communicate with and very accommodating, - He is able to explain the complex situation in an easy to understand way, - The knowledge Mr. Jellins provided helped reduce my anxiety. I would highly recommend him to anyone having landlord-tenant issues.
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Posted by AP | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I consulted with Nicholas on a tree/boundary dispute I am facing with my neighbor. Nicholas was exceptional - first asking a series of methodical questions to understand the situation and then proposing a couple of possible paths for me to proceed. Most importantly, he answered my core question about the legal issues involved in my case without obfuscation or hedging. He is very knowledgeable about the law as well as its practical application by cities and counties on the peninsula. A short consultation with him was all I needed to get me started in tackling my issue, but if I need more formal legal support on this, there is no question in my mind that I would hire Nicholas. I would recommend him to anybody looking for an a top-class attorney.
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Posted by PJ | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!
Nicholas helped me out of a sticky housing situation. He was very responsive, knowledgeable and dealt with the housing authority very well. I highly recommend Nicholas for anyone experience trouble with their landlord or apartment management company.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional and Knowledgeable
I don't usually write reviews. I had a consultation with Mr. Jellins on a landlord -tenant issue. Mr. Jellins provided me with invaluable legal advises. I am very impressed with his vast knowledge and sharp mind. I felt he actually cares about his clients beyond $$. If at the end, I decide to hire an attorney to handle my issue, Mr. Jellins would certainly be my top choice.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional attorney and associates, great results
From the initial consultation to the conclusion of our case, Attorney Jellins was very informative and always giving updates along the way. We had the pleasure to work with a few of his associates, whether it be through email or phone calls, they made everything easy to understand and let us know exactly what stage of our case we were at. We initially contacted Attorney Jellins with a very last minute court matter, but he was kind and walked us through the steps needed to get things done. All around, they were a complete joy to work with, and I would recommend to anyone needing legal matters resolved.
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Response from Nicholas Jellins October 31, 2016
This client presented an unusual set of facts with complex legal issues. After reviewing the case file and interviewing the client, we prepared a strategy that enabled the client to retain our services with a small deposit to cover the court filing fees and then pay our attorney's fees from the recovery at the end.
Posted by Stan | May 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I had a consultation with Mr. Jellins to discuss a buyer's breach of contract with a house I was selling. Mr. Jellins listened to my situation and was able to provide the different options available to me. If my situation moves to a point where I require an attorney, I would definitely engage Mr. Jellins' services.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I consulted Mr. Jellins regarding a real estate deal in escrow facing some issues. He explained to me in clear terms general obligations and responsibilities and that the contract must be followed. He gave me good general advice and a list of questions to ask the seller's agent. As he does not have the full contract and other signed forms, he was not able to provide more detailed recommendations. But even with the general guidance and the recommended list of questions to, he was extremely helpful. We are not yet at a stage where I need to hire him, but I will if things get to that point or I need legal counsel.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • The Jellins Group, APLC
  • 1995 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Menlo College
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Mayor
  • The City of Menlo Park
  • 2000 - 2006


  • Univ of Virginia SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Harvard University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979


  • Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • San Mateo County Criminal Justice Council
  • Chairman
  • 2005 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Nicholas
Real estate Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sometimes a single answer can be so "on point" that the attorney merits an endorsement on that basis alone. The answer was accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Menlo Park Landlord or tenant Lawyer Nicholas Paul Jellins
Nicholas Paul Jellins
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Menlo Park, CA
Licensed for 40 years
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