Beth Jay, of counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office, served as the principal attorney to three California Chief Justices and brings 35 years of Supreme Court and three years of federal appellate court insights to Horvitz & Levy’s clients. In her role as senior advisor to the Chief Justice, Ms. Jay led and participated in numerous Supreme Court, Judicial Council, and State Bar committees focusing on judicial ethics issues such as multi-jurisdictional practice, insurance legislation, and court procedures. She also participated in the decision-making work of the court, drafting memorandum and opinions, and analyzing petitions for review. She served former Chief Justices Malcolm M. Lucas and Ronald M. George, for their entire time as head of the Supreme Court and State Judicial system. She assisted Chief Justic Tani Cantil-Sakauye as she began her term as Chief Justice in January 2011 until her retirement in 2015. Chief Justice George has praised Ms. Jay’s analytical and practical skills and referred to her as an invaluable resource.
Ms. Jay is a recipient of the Bernard E. Witkin Medal, the State Bar’s highest honor, for her lifetime body of work, which has influenced the legal landscape. She also was chosen by the District Court of the Northern District of California to serve as an attorney delegate to the Ninth Circuit conference, and was recognized seven years out of nine by the Daily Journal legal newspaper as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California. She also received the Access to Justice Award conferred by OneJustice.