Geralynn Patellaro has a proven track record of working effectively with various organizations, including rapid-growth pre-IPO companies, complex Fortune 10 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, Customer Service, Operations, and Human Resources.
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 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 to the United States Supreme Court.
- Serving as Adjunct Professor of Marketing (undergraduate and MBA programs).
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. She is a member of the California and Nevada bars and is admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
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), and public relations for the Make-a Wish Foundation.