Jacquelyn Brown


Jacquelyn Brown is the firm’s Managing Attorney. She is licensed by the State Bar of California, a certified mediator, and an arbitrator.

Jacquelyn is extensively involved in the legal community, and relentlessly pursues accessibility to justice and legal representation for all. As a result, she has been selected for many honors and opportunities, such as (partial list):

  • Named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for being ranked in the highest 2.5% of attorneys in Family Law in the past two years.
  • Selected and appointed to serve as a Director of the San Mateo County Bar Association (“SMCBA”) Board of Directors.
  • Recipient (by unanimous vote) of the 2017 SMCBA Barrister’s Award for outstanding service to the legal community, the legal profession, and the public.
  • Selected and appointed as a Mediator for the San Mateo County Superior Court’s Multi Option ADR Panel to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services for court cases through the Court’s MAP Program.
  • State Bar Certified to serve as Minor’s Counsel, both privately and/or by court appointment.
  • Selected as a Speaker for State Bar Continuing Education programs, and to present courses at the California Administrative Office of the Courts.
  • Appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to serve as a Trustee on the San Mateo County Law Library Board of Trustees for at least two terms.
  • Honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the UC Hastings School of Law, Center for Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution regarding founding and managing the first Bay Area law firm to serve as a Social Enterprise.
  • Appointed as a Delegate of the San Mateo County Bar Association (“SMCBA”) for the Conference of California Bar Associations.
  • Appointed as the Chair of the SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service Committee.
  • Appointed as a member of the SMCBA Bench and Bar Committee.
  • Appointed as a member of SMCBA Diversity Committee.
  • Selected to serve on the San Mateo County Women Lawyer’s Educational Foundation Board for several terms.
  • Selected to serve as SMCBA Barristers Section President.
  • Appointed as a member of the SMCBA Operations Committee.
  • Appointed as an Executive Board Member of (“SMCBA”) Barristers Board for 4 terms.
  • Appointed as a member of the SMCBA Community Affairs Committee.

Jacquelyn also continuously serves the community at large by serving as a Chief Arbitrator on the SMCBA Fee Arbitration Panel since 2006, and, as a member of the Lawyer Referral Service Panel since 2009.
She has also volunteered for the court for many years at Community Law Nights and as a scorer for the San Mateo High School Mock Trial competitions.

Jacquelyn grew up in Dallas, Texas, and graduated with Honors from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. She then moved to California and earned a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she studied at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Jacquelyn began her legal career handling civil and probate matters at a small law firm in Redwood City, and then accepted a position as an attorney with the San Mateo County Superior Court. At the Court, Jacquelyn guided people through the case process, assisted them with drafting pleadings, explained their legal options, and prepared them for court appearances. Additionally, Jacquelyn launched the Court’s Self-Help Services by creating and presenting an ongoing series of extremely successful free workshops entitled “So, You’re Thinking of Filing a Lawsuit?” and “I Have a Case in Court, Now What?”.  She also served as the Settlement Officer on the Unlawful Detainer (evictions) calendar, helping landlords and tenants who did not have an attorney to reach fair settlements.

During this time, Jacquelyn also worked as an attorney in the Court’s Family Law Facilitator’s Office, where she assisted people with family law cases. She consulted with people about their legal rights and options, drafting court paperwork, including paperwork for divorces, separations, annulments, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and restraining orders. She also utilized her Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) training and her passion for ADR at the Facilitator’s Office and the Court’s Self-Help Center, where she assisted parties with settlements during status conferences and pre-trial conferences.

Community involvement is a priority for Jacquelyn. She is an active member of the San Mateo County Bar Association.  Jacquelyn serves on the San Mateo County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and is the immediate Past President of the Barristers.  Jacquelyn volunteers with and is a member of the board of directors for the local youth mentoring program Friends for Youth as well.

Jacquelyn works well with people of many different backgrounds.  As your attorney, Jacquelyn always maintains an atmosphere of professionalism, and you can be confident that she will provide an excellent level of service.