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Janelle Smith

About me

I represent clients from all walks of life, from individuals involved in business disputes to employees with wage and hour claims. If you are looking for employment or business counseling, need to resolve a dispute, or have been served with a lawsuit, find out how I can help.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    5 years
  2. Employment: 35%
    5 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
    5 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Buffett-Kennedy & Smith LLP

1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA, 94710


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Legal Research and WritingCALI Award2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBuffett-Kennedy & Smith LLP2015 - Present
AttorneyStall Parker LLP2012 - 2015
AttorneyThe Law Office of Janelle J. Smith2011 - 2012
Judicial ExternUnited States District Court (N.D. Cal)2010 - 2011
Volunteer AttorneyThe Sustainable Economies Law Center2010 - 2013
Law Review Comments EditorUniversity Of San Francisco School Of Law2010 - 2011
Law ClerkLaw Office of Anthony J. Sperber2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Lawyers for the ArtsMember2015 - Present
California Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
California Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual FreedomAttorney Member2010 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoAttorney Member2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Joint Employer WagesAll parties satisfied
Sexual Orientation DiscriminationSettled in client's favor
Contract disputeSettled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
University of California - BerkeleyAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alchemy Collective CafeResilient Communities Legal Cafe2014
Community Economic Development Practice / Green‐Collar Communities Clinic (GC3)Business Developement Advice Clinic2012