Patricia Gillette

Advisory Board Member

Pat Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts and most sought after speakers on gender diversity and equality.  Rated as a top employment litigator and trial lawyer by Chambers and other organizations for 40 years and as a leader and rainmaker in her firms, Ms. Gillette’s legal career focused on solving the most critical business issues of Fortune 500 clients.  At the end of 2015, she resigned from her firm to pursue her passion for empowering women through keynote speaking and writing.  She was also invited to join JAMS in San Francisco and she now spends some of her time mediating employment cases.

Ms. Gillette’s presentations and writings focus on helping attorneys succeed in the high powered, fast paced business environment of today.   Relying on research studies she commissioned, her own experiences, and her charismatic style, Ms. Gillette is able to inspire attorneys to think positively and practically about how they can realize their personal and business goals.

In recognition of her work to advance women in the profession, she has received several awards including the ABA Golden Hammer Award, the California Women Lawyers Association’s Fay Stender Award, the Transformational Leadership Award as one of the Top Women Rainmakers, and the Barristers Association of San Francisco Award of Merit.  

Ms. Gillette is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women. Ms. Gillette has been a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force, Co-Chair of the BASF No Glass Ceiling Initiative, and she serves on non-profit boards, including DirectWomen, which is dedicated to preparing women attorneys to serve on the boards of public companies. 

Ms. Gillette is the proud mother of two successful and enlightened sons and lives in Kensington, California with her husband of 42 years.  She has served as an elected official of her town and is active in political and community organizations and activities.
For more information about Ms. Gillette, you can visit her website at www.patriciagillette.com or contact her at 510.604.6252.