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Patricia K. Gillette

Patricia K. Gillette


San Francisco, CA, USA

Pat Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts and most sought after speakers on 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 spent her litigating employment cases and advices Fortune 500 clients on critical and sensitive business issues.  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 audiences from law firm managing partners, to General Counsels, to firm leaders and associates to think positively and practically about how they can enhance their legal careers and advance diversity in the legal profession.

In recognition of her work to advance diversity 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 Rainmaker, 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 and Equal Rights Advocates.

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.

Patricia K. Gillette is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast Briefing  Live Webcast Briefing Save Me a Seat: California Mandates Gender Diversity in the Board Room, Monday, February 04, 2019

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