I have been a member of the California Bar since 1995.  I received my JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law San Francisco in 1995.  I received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990.  In 1995 I served as a full-time judicial extern for US District Court Judge Lynch in the Northern District of California.

From 1995-2000, I was an associate attorney at Katzoff & Riggs in Berkeley representing developers, contractors, architects, small businesses and individuals in litigation, contract, real estate and corporate law matters.

In 2000 I began a solo practice working out of my home.  I wanted to use my experience and interest in corporate law and real estate law to represent non-profit corporations as well as alternative or shared living situations such as communal houses, persons entering Tenants-in-Common (TIC) agreements, coops, and rural land projects.

Non-Profit Law

I have worked as a member and leader of a variety of non-profit organizations and alternative collectives since 1984.  I hope to use my law practice to promote non-profits and civil society generally.  I help form non-profits and process their applications for tax exempt status.  I can also provide legal services to deal with non-profit operational issues.

Alternative Real Estate Projects

I have lived in group housing situations continuously since 1987 and have had contact with dozens of alternative living projects over the years.  In 1998 I founded a seven person communal house in Berkeley where I still live.  I bring my personal experience with consensus process and collectives to my legal practice to help my clients achieve their goals.  I have provided legal services for a wide continuum of shared ownership situations from Tenants-in-Common, to cooperative ownership to non-profit ownership models.

Specific Services

Services I provide as an attorney include:

–Formation of non-profit corporations in California

–Processing of applications for tax exemption

–Providing creative legal solutions for shared housing groups such as communal houses, coops, cohousing projects and rural land projects

–Drafting Tenants-in-Common agreements for clients who co-own land

–Formation of California LLCs and for-profit corporations

–Handling some types of real estate issues

–Contract drafting includes leases and small business contracts


I generally work Monday – Thursday, 9-5.  Please call me at 510-549-1436 or email me at jessedpalmer [at] gmail [dot] com if you want further information.