Jill Telfer – Trial Attorney
Jill Telfer is a tenacious advocate for animals. Jill received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in Political Science and her J.D. from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, she earned the American Juris Prudence Award in both Intellectual Property and Trial Practice. Jill has been recognized in the legal community for the work she does both in and out of the courtroom. She was the first woman to be awarded the Advocate of the Year in 2004 and the Mort Friedman Humanitarian Award in 2010 by the Capitol City Trial Lawyers (CCTLA). In 2008, she was given the honor of becoming a Barrister in the Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court and two years later was designated a Master. She was a finalist in the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Street Fighter of the Year and selected Trial Lawyer of the Year by CAOC Women’s Caucus in 2010.
Jill is often takes on pro bono animal rights cases. She has prevented a landlord from evicting and retaliating against a tenant because his disabled son had a Pit bull as a service dog. In 2011, she attempted to stay the execution of a black lab named Charlie in Placer County who was deemed vicious without a required due process hearing. Although Jill filed an appeal with the Courts, Placer County euthanized Charlie. Jill has since filed a lawsuit on behalf of the nonprofit dog rescue who had attempted to rescue Charlie at the time of his euthanasia
In 2012, upon learning a District Attorney stipulated to release animals previously seized from a defendant convicted of animal cruelty, Jill sought standing for the animal rescue that was caring for the seized animals. The Court initially granted the nonprofit standing which allowed Jill to gather evidence which she filed with the Court proving the defendant was unfit to care for animals. Although the Court ultimately rescinded its order providing the nonprofit standing, because of the evidence Jill provided to the Court, the Court ultimately ordered the animals would not be returned to the defendant.
Jill lives with two dogs: Ella, a bulldog-pit mix who was abandoned due to a fractured front leg, and Ashley, a poodle-mix who was homeless on the streets of San Francisco. Jill also cares for four feral cats, sponsors the rescues of numerous shelter animals.