Shaneeda Jaffer

Shaneeda Jaffer brings a breadth of experience to the firm including the successful defense of individual and corporate clients in civil litigation and criminal matters in federal and state courts as well as before government agencies.


Shaneeda joined the firm after spending three years practicing white collar criminal defense and securities litigation at Orrick where she defended individuals and corporations charged with federal securities fraud, stock options backdating, revenue recognition fraud, insider trading and antitrust violations. She also maintained an active pro bono practice,representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States.


Since joining the firm, Shaneeda successfully has represented individuals under investigation or charged with alleged antitrust and corporate bribery violations. She has defended individuals charged with complex fraud and money laundering schemes, including those involving international transactions. She has also defended corporations charged with complex regulatory crimes. In her equally active civil practice, Shaneeda has defended a Fortune 200 company in a variety of matters ranging from employment disputes and personal injury matters to internal investigations, whistleblowers claims and mass torts.


Shaneeda has been recognized for her criminal defense skills as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2012.


While in law school, Shaneeda was a legal intern with the United National High Commissioner for Refugees in Tanzania and a recipient of the NYU Global Justice and Human Rights Fellowship. She also represented prisoners in civil rights actions against New York state police officers and prison guards. Her passion for justice, civil and human rights makes her a fierce advocate for her clients whether they are facing a threat to their personal liberty or an adverse civil judgment.


Representative Matters

  • United States v. Airline Passenger. Shaneeda secured an acquittal at trial for an airline passenger charged with sexual assault based on conduct that occurred on an international flight.
  • United States v. Utility Company. Shaneeda was a member of the trial team that defended a major California utility against federal criminal charges stemming from alleged regulatory violations. After a six-week trial, the jury acquitted on half the charges, and allegations which could have resulted in fines in excess of $1billion were dismissed.
  • Employee v. Fortune 200 Company. Shaneeda secured a complete defense victory on summary judgment for a Fortune 200 company sued by a former employee alleging wrongful termination and discrimination.
  • United States v. Real Estate Entrepeneur. Shaneeda successfully represented an individual under investigation for conspiracy and antitrust violations, resulting in a decision by the government not to proceed with charges against her client.
  • United States v. Website CEO. Shaneeda represented the CEO of a major website in charges related to money laundering and bank fraud.



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J.D., New York University School of Law (2007)


M.A., B.A., Stanford University (2002)