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About me

I'm an attorney dedicated to employee rights.  I practice all aspects of employment law and represent individuals in matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistle blowing, wrongful discharge, family medical leave, fraud, unpaid wages, and unemployment benefits.  I also assist executives with employment contracts and severance agreements.

I believe in providing my clients with the very best representation and do so with compassion and zeal.  My experience includes all phases of state and federal trial litigation as well as appellate work in state and federal courts.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 95%
    7 years
  2. Appeals: 5%
    5 years



Hourly ($400-425/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (20 minutes)

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    We are colleagues. She is an outstanding advocate, who is thoroughly knowledgable in the employment law field


    John McGuinn General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Traci Michelle Hinden

    I endorse this lawyer. Jeannette is a ball of dynamic, kick ass energy. I would not want her on the other side of a case.... She's a straight shooter and very committed to employee rights. She's refreshing and brilliant!


    Traci Hinden Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky

535 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Magna Cum LaudeLewis & Clark Law School2009
Best BriefLewis & Clark Law School2007
Best Oral ArgumentLewis & Clark Law School2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Jeannette A. Vaccaro2012 - Present
Associate AttorneyBusse & Hunt2009 - 2012
Law ClerkAnderson & Anderson2006 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Barristers ClubCommittee Member2015 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Marin County Women Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2012 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2009 - Present
Queen's Bench Bar AssociationMember2013 - 2015
Oregon Women Lawyers FoundationBoard Member2010 - 2012
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Curran v. Schools of the Sacred Heart - San FranciscoJury Verdict for Plaintiff on her Labor Code Claims
ConfidentialSettled out of court
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice: NLD SidebarYoung v. UPS: New Life For Pregnancy Discrimination Cases2015
Plaintiff Magazine (California)Dutra and the Future of Wrongful Termination Claims2013
Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal EducationCoauthor, Equal Employment Opportunity: Enforcement2011
Interpreting Oregon Law, Oregon State Bar PublicationCoauthor, Chapter 1 "Text and Context"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of California - BerkeleyResource MgmtBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employing Interns and Volunteers: The Laws You Need to KnowEmploying Interns and Volunteers: The Laws You Need to Know2015