Profile

g_patellaro_profile_frameGeralynn Patellaro is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Nevada, and is admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Patellaro has a proven track record of working effectively with various organizations, including rapid-growth pre-IPO companies, complex Fortune 100 companies, and non-profit organizations, all with their unique challenges. She is multi-lingual, has worked and studied internationally, and has represented both employers and employees.

Her work experience spans several disciplines, including Employment Law, Marketing, Sales, Operations and Human Resources. Ms. Patellaro is a sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

She was formerly the Legal Director of Global Employment for NetApp, Inc., a company consistently rated by Fortune Magazine as a Great Place to Work, and Sr. Employee Relations Consultant/Investigator for Apple, Inc. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Patellaro was in management at Pacific Bell/AT&T. One of her many accomplishments there included managing California’s multi-lingual, customer service centers.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Training attorneys and Human Resources professionals on workplace investigations (e.g. Continuing Legal Education courses and Association of Workplace Investigators conference presentation) and coaching mediators.
  • Leading a variety of Legal and HR initiatives such as driving performance excellence, strategic staffing, contractor management, mergers and acquisitions integration, training Managing Within The Law courses, partnering with international law firms to establish legal entities in Asia, and resolving challenging and sensitive employee disputes.
  • Co-authoring an amicus brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Serving as Adjunct Professor of Marketing (undergraduate and MBA programs) and developing/implementing multilingual market and customer service plans for a Fortune 100 company.

Ms. Patellaro earned her BA and MBA degrees with honors from San Jose State University and a JD with Distinction from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. While in law school she interned for a municipal government and public interest law firm, and received multiple honors, including Dean’s Scholar, moot court honors, and a competitive position on the national negotiation team. She was an associate at a national employment law firm and is a former member of the Inn of Court at King Hall (UC Davis).

Ms. Patellaro gives back to the community and has been honored as a “Woman of Impact” by a women’s college preparatory. Past volunteer work includes Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County Small Claims Court, training harassment prevention to young women entering the workforce, providing Human Resources services for the Morgan Autism Center, mediating in Santa Clara County’s Dispute Resolution Program, mediation coach to Stanford law students, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, public relations for the Make-a Wish Foundation,  San Jose State University and University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumni Board membership, and teaching art to special education students.