Patricia Gillette

Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

JAMS Mediator

Case Manager
Aimee Hwang
T: 415-774-2607
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Patricia K. Gillette is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Patricia Gillette, Esq. joins JAMS as a full-time neutral with many years of experience as a top rated trial lawyer and mediator. When she was in practice, Ms. Gillette focused on all aspects of employment law, including litigation of wrongful discharge and discrimination class actions and individual/multi-plaintiff cases in both state and federal court, representation of employers before administrative agencies, and counseling and training employers on preventive personnel practices.

Ms. Gillette has a reputation for connecting and relating deeply with people.  While she was known as a tough litigator, she is also known for her ability to settle cases.  Her intuitive skills as well as her ability to problem solve give her the ability to see all sides of an issue and to find workable and fair solutions.  She has knack for breaking through the barriers that often impede settlement efforts, by inspiring the parties to think differently about how to realize their goals.

Ms. Gillette is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women in the workplace and has been recognized on several occasions for her contributions to women in the profession. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Conducted mediation training for Federal and State Court Judges
  • Has spoken on mediation at conferences and at bar association meetings
  • Began serving as a neutral on a part-time basis in 2015, while a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Representative Matters

  • Discrimination and related claims brought under state and federal laws including claims based on age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and marital status
  • Disparate Impact/Implicit Bias matters
  • All types of harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Statutory Claims brought under state laws such as:
    • California Business & Professions Code §§ 17200, et seq.
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
    • California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL)
    • California Labor Code § 1102.5
  • Wrongful Discharge and Related Tort Claims such as
    • Defamation
    • Intentional and Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
    • Interference with contractual relation
    • Loss of consortium
    • Invasion of privacy
    • Fraud
  • Wrongful termination in violation of public policy
  • Attorneys’ fees disputes
    • Contract disputes, including those involving:
    • Executive employment contracts
    • Law firm and other partnership agreements 
    • Severance pay contracts
    • Release agreements
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Recognized as a “Best Lawyer,” Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Recipient of ABA Golden Hammer Award for promoting diversity in the profession, given by the ABA Law Practice Division and the ABA Women Rainmakers Division
  • Recipient of the Fay Stender Award, the highest award given by the California Women Lawyers Association
  • Recipient of the San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit for her work as Co-Chair of the No Glass Ceiling Initiative, 2010
  • Recipient of the Transformational Leadership Award as the Top Woman Rainmaker, 2012
  • The Recorder's California Labor & Employment Department of the Year, 2013-2014
  • The Recorder's California Litigation Department of the Year, 2013-2014
  • The Recorder Leading Employment Lawyer, 2012
  • Named among "The Best Lawyers in America," Chambers USA, 2005-present
  • American Registry's Top 50 Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Daily Journal's Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California, 2010, 2012
  • Named as a Super Lawyer in Employment Law and Litigation, 1994-present
  • The International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

ADR Profiles

  • Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 2007-2015
  • Shareholder, Heller Ehrman, 1989-2007
  • Partner, Schachter, Kristoff, 1984-1989
  • Head of Personnel Law Section, Bank of America, 1978-1984
  • Associate, Littler Mendelson, 1976-1978
  • J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1976
  • A.B., Occidental College, 1973

Counsel Comments

    • "We really enjoyed working with [Pat Gillette]! Definitely one of the best mediator experiences we have had. We appreciated [her] interest] in listening to our client, and us, [her] knowledge of disability discrimination law, and [her] calm and sincere approach..."

      -Bay Area Employment Attorney
    • “Thank you for your assistance…I do not think we would have gotten the result we did without your tireless work…I already have recommended you to my colleges.”
    • “Your help in settling this very difficult case was invaluable…I look forward to mediating many more [matters] with you.”
    • “Pat was great and perfect for this mediation. I just adore her!”
    • “We enjoyed working with you and were very pleased with the result. Thank you for your hard work and perseverance – it was an interesting, and unusual, case. I hope we can work together again…”
    • “Thank you for everything. You were a fantastic mediator.”
    • “…many thanks to you for getting the damages matter resolved. I think you are going to be a wicked successful and sought-after mediator. You have serious defense cred, and at the same time have genuine compassion for the plaintiff's perspective.”
    • “You were wonderful with [my client]…I was so pleased you were available to help. The rest of my firm and my friends will know how good you are.”
    • “Thank you so much for your great work! I will absolutely recommend you… I’ll see you at a future mediation!”




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