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Jaclyn L. Powell

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Jaclyn grew up in Los Angeles and migrated to Northern California to study at the University of California, Davis. While at Davis, Jaclyn majored in Communication and double minored in Economics and Education. She also spent time studying abroad in England and graduated from UC Davis with honors.

After college, Jaclyn attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she served as a writer and editor for the McGeorge Law Review and spent time studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria under Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jaclyn earned several Witkin Awards, graduated with distinction from McGeorge and was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society for her achievements.

Throughout her career, Jaclyn has counseled hundreds of local businesses and individuals. She commonly represents small and medium-size businesses as outside counsel and assists with their day-to-day business needs. A majority of her time is spent advising, drafting agreements, and litigating in the areas of business, real estate, construction, land development, and employment. Since opening SMP’s doors, Jaclyn has prepared, negotiated, and closed commercial transactions totaling hundreds of millions. Jaclyn tirelessly advocates for her clients, and endeavors to provide cost-effective service in every aspect of her practice.

Super Lawyers Magazine named Jaclyn a “Rising Star” from 2014-2019. She was also named one of the top 40 professionals under 40 in Sacramento and “Best of the Bar” by the Sacramento Business Journal. Jaclyn works closely with her community – she is a member of her local Rotary Club and sits on the Board of Directors of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, the West Sacramento Housing Development Corporation, and Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue. Jaclyn also served a full term with the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, an ethics group comprised of judges, attorneys, and law students, dedicated to improving the professionalism, civility, and ethics of the legal profession.

Jaclyn has traveled to over thirty-five countries and always looks forward to racking up more frequent flyer miles. Those days are over for now though – Jaclyn and her husband temporarily turned in their suitcases to spend time with their young children and two rescued Retrievers.

Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate Law +

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business, Partner and Owner Disputes
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Entity Formation and Reorganization
  • S Corporations, C Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, Professional Corporations and Joint Ventures
  • Franchise Law
  • Buying and Selling Businesses
  • Buy Sell Agreements
  • Ownership Purchase and/or Sale Agreements
  • Contract Drafting, Review and Negotiation
  • Business Planning
  • Breach of Contract Disputes
  • Dissolution and Wind Up
  • Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Related Disputes
  • Securities
  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Leasing

Real Estate Law +

  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Development Agreements
  • Easements and Restrictive Covenants
  • Entitlements
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • CC&R’s and Related Actions
  • Lease Drafting and Review
  • Deeds
  • Litigation

Civil Litigation +

  • Business Disputes
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Fraud/Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Contract Actions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Real Estate, Development and Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Employment Disputes
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Trust/Probate Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Bad Faith Insurance Disputes
  • Homeowners Association and CC&R Disputes
  • Unfair Competition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Creditor Representation and Collections
  • Administrative Disputes

Labor and Employment Law +

  • Wage and Hour Disputes
  • Audits
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Whistleblower Actions
  • Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Safe Hiring Practices
  • Safe Employment Practices
  • Administrative Proceedings
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Employment Search
  • Employer-Employee Relations
  • Employee vs. Independent
  • Contractor Issues

Construction Law +

  • Prime and Sub Contracts
  • Construction Defect
  • Home Improvement Contracts
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Stop Notices
  • Public Works
  • Change Orders
  • Prevailing Wage Issues
  • Collections
  • Bond Claims
  • Litigation
  • Bid Protests
  • Claim Preparation and Defense
  • False Claims Representation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Estate Planning +

  • Last Will and Testaments
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Administration
  • Litigation
  • Business Succession Planning

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