Jill Battilega Rowe

Partner

Jill Rowe has extensive experience representing high-net-worth individuals and companies in a variety of industries, including nationally recognized real estate brokerage and investment firms, a leading pharmaceutical distributor, award-winning wineries, and the country's largest petroleum pipeline owner. Always well prepared, Jill resolves disputes from a position of strength and is driven by a commitment to finding creative and cost-effective solutions to all of her clients' legal challenges.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Won a quiet title action based on fraud following an eight-day trial in San Francisco Superior Court
  • Won a $100 million arbitration award in a high-stakes partnership dispute
  • Obtained a total victory in favor of commercial real estate brokers, including a ruling that requires the State of Nevada to open its commercial real estate brokerage market to interstate commerce and requires the Nevada Real Estate Commission and the Nevada Real Estate Division to significantly change their disciplinary practices. These results followed more than a dozen administrative trials and six years of battles in the Nevada State Courts, Nevada Federal District Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Won court trial in favor of restaurant client accused of breach of contract and interference with economic advantage, and successfully defended the win on appeal. The plaintiff was required to pay the attorneys' fees and costs incurred by our client at trial and on appeal
  • Served as lead attorney in high-stakes trust litigation, in which the trust sought to recover real property transferred in breach of trust
  • Restored title and ownership of real property to client following family dispute
  • Successfully defended a real estate broker in arbitration alleging breach of fiduciary duty
  • Favorably resolved a contract dispute between a homeowner and a general contractor
  • Achieved full exoneration of commercial real estate broker clients accused of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. After a four-day arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded the clients a reimbursement of their attorney's fees and costs
  • Favorably resolved lawsuit that accused attorneys of breaching their fiduciary duties
  • Convinced trial court to dismiss breach of contract and negligence claims against a pipeline owner, and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal
  • Attained a complete defense award in favor of a telecommunications client accused of violating telecommunications and privacy laws
  • Obtained full recovery of all amounts due to financial institutions following borrower's breach of factoring agreement
  • Won a defense judgment in favor of a real estate private equity firm sued for interference with contract
  • Won a quiet title action and a $1 million judgment in favor of a defrauded commercial real estate owner
  • Won motion to dismiss litigation against a real estate broker client accused of fraud and breach of contract in a commercial leasing transaction
  • Obtained complete dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against a public company client accused of inadequate shareholder distributions
  • Obtained prompt and favorable settlement of an unlawful detainer lawsuit on behalf of a commercial landlord whose Silicon Valley tenant had engaged in unlawful subletting
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit on behalf of a technology client sued by a former partner for alleged breach of separation contract
  • Won arbitration of a breach of contract claim on behalf of a real estate broker, including full recovery of all damages and attorneys' fees
  • Won a bench trial and defended client's assets against a claim of putative marriage by a former girlfriend
  • Won a complete defense judgment for a bulk liquids terminal accused of environmental contamination
  • Obtained a large recovery for a pension fund client on a securities lending claim against a national bank
  • Obtained a large settlement for an investor against a securities brokerage firm
  • Won complete dismissal of fraud claim against a real estate broker after having plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant in both state and federal courts, and successfully defended the dismissal in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. with honors University of Washington School of Law 1998
  • B.A. Political Science summa cum laude University of San Diego 1990

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition
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  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer, 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers, California, 2014 – 2021
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program, Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award, Housing Negotiation Project

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Represented San Francisco tenants facing eviction

Volunteerism

  • Trustee, San Francisco Law Library
  • Commissioner and past president, San Francisco Elections Commission