Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2009. Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Dean’s Public Interest Scholar, and Allan Morrow Law Prize
  • Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.W., 2009
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with high honors, Development Studies and B.A., Psychology, 2002

Admissions

  • California, 2009
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Jennifer Stark is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She assists clients in difficult and complex matters involving actual or potential civil litigation. Ms. Stark has worked with clients to resolve a wide range of problems, including commercial disputes, employment law matters, and violations of constitutional and statutory rights. 

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T: 415-433-6830
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Jennifer Stark is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She assists clients in difficult and complex matters involving actual or potential civil litigation. Ms. Stark has worked with clients to resolve a wide range of problems, including commercial disputes, employment law matters, and violations of constitutional and statutory rights. 

Ms. Stark’s practice includes both trial and appellate matters, including successfully briefing cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Stark is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia Law School, and Columbia School of Social Work. After law school, she served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Hedrick, et al. v. Grant, et. al:  RBGG and the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic represent hundreds of prisoners in a class-action lawsuit to improve conditions of confinement for pre-trial detainees, convicted prisoners, and immigration detainees at California’s Yuba County Jail.  In 1979, the federal court approved a consent decree in which Yuba County agreed to maintain certain conditions within the Jail, including in the areas of medical and mental health care, outdoor exercise and out-of-cell time, grievance procedures, housing and safety.  In 2013, Yuba County moved to terminate the consent decree, which the federal district court subsequently denied.  RBGG is currently working to enforce key provisions of the consent decree and to litigate related matters on appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
  • Estate of Bock v. County of Sutter: RBGG represented the four daughters of a man with serious mental illness who was denied access to clinically necessary and court-ordered psychiatric hospitalization while in the County’s jail. After being placed in solitary confinement and denied treatment at the jail for four weeks, he committed suicide in his cell. We obtained an $800,000 settlement in the case, along with a commitment from the County to consider expert recommendations to improve the treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness and medical conditions at the jail going forward.
  • Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter: RBGG represented the mother and children of a young man who developed a life threatening infection over the course of several days at the County’s jail. Custody and medical staff ignored and failed to respond to his worsening condition and pleas for help, leading to his preventable and painful death. After defeating the County’s motion to dismiss, we obtained a $775,000 settlement in the case, the majority of which was set aside to benefit the children. See Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter, 958 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (2013).
  • Former Shareholders v. Corporation: The firm represents a corporation that manages elder care communities in the Bay Area in a dispute over the value of various business holdings upon the departure of two shareholders.
  • Diouf v. Napolitano, 634 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2011): As a Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Stark successfully established, in a matter of first impression, that a non-citizen facing prolonged detention is entitled to a bond hearing before an immigration judge and is entitled to be released from detention, unless the government establishes that the non-citizen poses a risk of flight or a danger to the community.
  • Franco-Gonzales v. Holder, 767 F. Supp. 2d 1034 (C.D. Cal. 2011): As a Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Stark successfully established, in a matter of first impression, that non-citizens with serious mental disabilities are entitled to qualified legal representatives as a reasonable accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act, and are entitled to custody hearings.

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016 Rising Star
  • Jack Wasserman Memorial Award, 2014, American Immigration Lawyers Association (as part of the Franco-Gonzales v. Holder litigation team while at the ACLU of Southern California)

Admissions

  • California, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2012–2013
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, 2009–2011

Jennifer Stark is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She assists clients in difficult and complex matters involving actual or potential civil litigation. Ms. Stark has worked with clients to resolve a wide range of problems, including commercial disputes, employment law matters, and violations of constitutional and statutory rights. 

Ms. Stark’s practice includes both trial and appellate matters, including successfully briefing cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Stark is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia Law School, and Columbia School of Social Work. After law school, she served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Hedrick, et al. v. Grant, et. al:  RBGG and the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic represent hundreds of prisoners in a class-action lawsuit to improve conditions of confinement for pre-trial detainees, convicted prisoners, and immigration detainees at California’s Yuba County Jail.  In 1979, the federal court approved a consent decree in which Yuba County agreed to maintain certain conditions within the Jail, including in the areas of medical and mental health care, outdoor exercise and out-of-cell time, grievance procedures, housing and safety.  In 2013, Yuba County moved to terminate the consent decree, which the federal district court subsequently denied.  RBGG is currently working to enforce key provisions of the consent decree and to litigate related matters on appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
  • Estate of Bock v. County of Sutter: RBGG represented the four daughters of a man with serious mental illness who was denied access to clinically necessary and court-ordered psychiatric hospitalization while in the County’s jail. After being placed in solitary confinement and denied treatment at the jail for four weeks, he committed suicide in his cell. We obtained an $800,000 settlement in the case, along with a commitment from the County to consider expert recommendations to improve the treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness and medical conditions at the jail going forward.
  • Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter: RBGG represented the mother and children of a young man who developed a life threatening infection over the course of several days at the County’s jail. Custody and medical staff ignored and failed to respond to his worsening condition and pleas for help, leading to his preventable and painful death. After defeating the County’s motion to dismiss, we obtained a $775,000 settlement in the case, the majority of which was set aside to benefit the children. See Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter, 958 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (2013).
  • Former Shareholders v. Corporation: The firm represents a corporation that manages elder care communities in the Bay Area in a dispute over the value of various business holdings upon the departure of two shareholders.
  • Diouf v. Napolitano, 634 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2011): As a Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Stark successfully established, in a matter of first impression, that a non-citizen facing prolonged detention is entitled to a bond hearing before an immigration judge and is entitled to be released from detention, unless the government establishes that the non-citizen poses a risk of flight or a danger to the community.
  • Franco-Gonzales v. Holder, 767 F. Supp. 2d 1034 (C.D. Cal. 2011): As a Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Stark successfully established, in a matter of first impression, that non-citizens with serious mental disabilities are entitled to qualified legal representatives as a reasonable accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act, and are entitled to custody hearings.

Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2009. Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Dean’s Public Interest Scholar, and Allan Morrow Law Prize
  • Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.W., 2009
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with high honors, Development Studies and B.A., Psychology, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016 Rising Star
  • Jack Wasserman Memorial Award, 2014, American Immigration Lawyers Association (as part of the Franco-Gonzales v. Holder litigation team while at the ACLU of Southern California)

Presentations

  • “Vulnerable Populations in Immigration Detention,” Inside Out: The New Borders of Immigration Policy Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law (March 3, 2011)
  • “Vulnerable Populations in Immigration Detention,” Inside Out: The New Borders of Immigration Policy Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law (March 3, 2011)