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 and 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 seek to use my experience and interest in corporate law and real estate law to represent non-profit corporations and land trusts as well as alternative or shared living situations such as communal houses, coops, cohousing and rural land projects.

Non-Profit Law

I’ve worked as a member and leader of a variety of non-profit organizations and alternative collectives since 1984.  I 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.

Land Trusts

I have helped form and I represent a number of land trusts on a variety of matters including property acquisitions.

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 an 8 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.

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 non-profits, land trusts and shared housing groups such as communal houses, coops, cohousing projects and rural land projects

–Handling non-profit and land trust real estate issues.  Note that I do not do litigation.

–Contract drafting includes leases


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.