The best part of my work has always been my clients. I have been fortunate enough to help professionals who really care about the work that they do – dedicated public administrators, educators, managers, and business owners.  It makes me happy to think that I have often been part of their team and supporting their mission for a very long time.

Jayne Benz Chipman is a senior associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She represents public and private employers in a broad range of labor, employment, and governance matters, with an emphasis on public sector employers, higher educational institutions, and independent schools. Jayne has substantial experience and expertise representing and advising public and private employers in hiring, employee performance and discipline, workplace investigations, personnel policies, leaves of absence, medical and disability matters, equal employment opportunity, discrimination and harassment, and traditional labor law matters. She also counsels public sector clients on Brown Act, Public Records Act, and governance issues. Jayne has experience at all levels of the California court system as well as the district and circuit court levels of the federal court system. She also has arbitration and administrative hearing experience, and has handled matters before state and federal administrative agencies including PERB, EEOC, DFEH, and the NLRB.

Jayne believes that in order to be an effective advocate or counsel for your client, an attorney needs to be willing to “roll up their sleeves and dig deeply to really understand the facts and the client’s particular situation.” Additionally, Jayne has developed a strong belief over the years that “knowing the law and the facts is frequently not enough; effective advice and representation also requires the subtler art of thoughtful, strategic, and people-centered persuasion.” Jayne realizes that “clients know when you have their back 24/7.” She works hard to earn that level of trust from her clients.

Jayne loves the outdoors, having grown up in upstate New York. She is also enthusiastic about art and architecture, as well as raising her three children to have an appreciation of both.

Former Board Member, Alameda Free Library Foundation

“Managing the College Bully” – Community College Conference On Legal Issues – Orlando, FL

Carmen Plaza de Jennings and Jayne Benz Chipman Give Hiring Update to County Counsels’ Association of California

“Ban The Box And Other Do’s And Don’t’s Of Hiring” – County Counsels’ Association – Santa Rosa, CA – March 2015

“Taking Charge: Preventing and Responding to Campus Violence” – Community College Conference On Legal Issues – Orlando, FL – January 2014

“Employee Evaluations:  Their Impact On Employee Discipline And Legal Risk” – Foothill-DeAnza Community College – March 2014

”Administrators and Supervisors Training: A Review of Key Legal Developments for 2013” – Foothill De Anza College – May 2013

”Responding to Threats and Workplace Violence” – County Counsels’ Association – Sacramento – March 2013

“Triage For Managers: Responding To Threats And Workplace Violence” – CALPELRA Annual Conference – Monterey – December 2012

“Myspace or Workspace: Keeping Up With Electronic Technology Privacy in the Workplace” – ACBO Spring Conference – Sacramento – May 2012

“Triage For Administrators: Effective Responses To Threats And Complaints” – ACCCA Annual Conference – Long Beach – February 2012

“How To Win An Arbitration” – CALPELRA Annual Conference – Monterey – December 2011


J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1989

B.A., Middlebury College, 1983, cum laude, High Departmental Honors



U.S. District Court of California, Northern and Eastern Districts

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit