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Jessica Ann Dayton

Domestic violence Attorney at San Mateo, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
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About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Domestic violence
    40%
    Representation of domestic violence victims in family law cases, civil torts, and enforcement of victims' rights in criminal cases.

    20 years

  2. Personal injury
    40%
    Pursuit of compensation for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault against abusers and third parties.

    20 years

  3. Family
    20%

    20 years

AS A ZEALOUS LITIGATOR AND COMPASSIONATE ADVOCATE, I USE MY STRENGTHS TO REPRESENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ALL AREAS OF THE LAW. CALL NOW AT (650) 679-7067!

Jessica Dayton, a founding partner of ADZ Law, LLP, is a Certified Family Law Specialist who dedicates her practice to representing victims of domestic violence with their civil legal needs, including restraining order, custody and tort cases, as well as advising and advocating for victim’s rights in criminal cases.

Ms. Dayton was the Manager of Legal Services at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) for 10 years. Prior to that, she advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities on access issues at a plaintiffs' litigation firm. Directly after law school Ms. Dayton clerked for Judge Michael Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Ms. Dayton received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2003, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont. During law school, she published a legal article titled "The Silencing of a Woman's Choice: Mandatory Arrest and No Drop Prosecution Policies in Domestic Violence Cases," which explores whether mandatory arrest and no drop policies are respectful of survivors' choices and their empowerment. More recently, Ms. Dayton published "Bridging the Gap Between the Civil and Criminal Legal Systems for Domestic Violence Survivors," which details the importance of understanding and pursuing justice for victims in both the civil and criminal court systems.

Ms. Dayton currently serves on the advisory board of the Family Violence Appellate Project, and the boards of directors of WOMEN-SV and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Dayton has served on the Board of Directors for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and was the co-chairperson of the San Mateo County Legal Process Committee of the Domestic Violence Council. Ms. Dayton is active in local and national public policy research and advocacy and has worked on many legislative campaigns regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and and victims' rights.

Ms. Dayton also mentors and trains pro bono attorneys. She has been invited to present regarding her practice areas locally and nationally, including to the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and the San Mateo County Bar Association.

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Location

ADZ Law, LLP
2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas Ste 161
San Mateo, CA, 94403-1270

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Posted by Jennifer | August 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Strategic, Knowledgable
Jessica was referred to me by a local non-profit that supports domestic violence survivors for her experience in that field. It can be very difficult to communicate your case or make really tough decisions that will impact your life during emotionally complex times, but Jessica was able to make the process something to be navigated, not feared. During the consultation, Jessica took time to assess what my personal goals were after the divorce. The compassion and respect she provided is not something I had experienced in prior attorney-client interactions. My personal goals were honored throughout the case. Jessica developed strategic approaches to major decision paths and was transparent with possible outcomes of each. She didn't promise me an outcome, rather she helped identify the possible pros and cons of each move (both long and short term). It helped me to come to informed conclusions with how I wanted to proceed. What is really unique about Jessica is that it's her client's wishes that matter, not what the court wants or what every other case is about. She doesn't fit you into a box; she allows you to see the box, observe the box and make decisions about how you want to exist in that box. The box representing the constraints of the current law. And that allows the handling of the case to feel customized because you are given a degree of control in how to proceed. It's not just the relationship you have with your attorney that matters, it's also their reputation in the justice system and with their peers. Attorneys often have to work together to resolve client cases. Every interaction with opposing counsel and the court was courteous, respectful, informative and professional; keeping her, her firm's and my reputation from being compromised. I firmly believe that I wasn't the only one that enjoyed working with her throughout my case. Cool, calm, collected, informed, and steadfast can be the pillars of success as you navigate what is an unpleasant process, regardless of how amicable the parties are.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2020
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Highly Recommended
Jesicca Dayton was referred to me by a respected attorney for her professionalism and experience, particularly with domestic violence cases. Jessica's approach is straightforward and I highly recommend her as an excellent and knowledgeable attorney who knows how to navigate the court system. She is respectful and supportive, especially with sensitive issues, while providing helpful guidance. Jessica and the team at ADZ Law have been very responsive in answering all questions, which has been appreciated.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • ADZ Law, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • District Of Columbia Court Of Appeals
  • 2003 - 2004

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Vermont
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • WOMEN-SV
  • Advisory Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Family Violence Appellate Project
  • Advisory Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2018

Publications

  • ACFLS Family Law Specialist
  • The Intersection of Family Law and Torts in Domestic Abuse Cases
  • 2021
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Bridging the Gap Between the Civil and Criminal Legal Systems for Domestic Violence Survivors
  • 2015
  • 9 Cardozo Women's L.J. 281
  • The Silencing of a Woman's Choice: Mandatory Arrest and No Drop Prosecution Policies in Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Intersection of Family Law and Torts
  • 2021
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association webinar
  • Beyond the Restraining Order: Civil Options for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • 2020
  • Masters Seminar
  • How to Break Through a Stalled Mediation
  • 2020
  • 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • Civil Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
  • 2018
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Civil Remedies for Victims of Crime in California
  • 2017
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Ethical Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • 2013
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Family Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Jessica for more than 10 years in a personal and professional capacity. Jessica's attention to detail, extensive legal knowledge, and courage make her one of the best lawyers I know. I trust her and have complete confidence in her ability to handle complex family law matters."
Domestic violence Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica and I worked together as advocates for victims of domestic violence. Her knowledge combined with her compassion and dedication are astounding."
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San Mateo Domestic violence Lawyer Jessica Ann Dayton
Jessica Ann Dayton
Domestic violence Attorney
San Mateo, CA
Licensed for 20 years