Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellows are attorneys at the pinnacle of achievement who, through distinguished professional accomplishment, substantial civic involvement and philanthropy, have earned a legacy as pillars of the Sacramento legal community. As part of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s 100-year anniversary celebration, the Foundation has worked diligently to identify candidates to be recognized as Centennial Fellows. The following are attorneys suitable to be recognized as preeminent leaders in the community. All of these Fellows are members of the Sacramento County Bar Association.


Jill A. Telfer

Jill A. Telfer founded Telfer Law in 1997 after working for several large law firms, and has since established a reputation as one of the premier plaintiff employment litigators in the state. Since 2014 she has been consistently named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country. Telfer also takes on pro bono animal rights litigation, was named to America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and hosts an annual reception at her home to raise funds for Scooter’s Pals, a non-profit animal rights organization. Telfer is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs and has published articles about employment law and disability litigation.

Jill is a true advocate for her clients, human and canine alike. She takes on pro bono animal rights litigation and hosts the annual “From Wags to Riches” reception at her home to raise funds for Scooter’s Pals, a Northern California all volunteer non-profit dedicated to saving as many dogs as possible from needless death.

Telfer has been recognized for both her legal work and her service to the community. She is a past-president of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association and, in 2004, she was the first woman to be recognized as that organization’s Advocate of the Year. Since that time, she has been named California Trial Lawyer of the Year by several different state organizations.  She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Master Barrister in the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, a board member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and a former officer of the Sacramento County Bar Foundation.

Telfer is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the Pepperdine University School of Law.   

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