Jerret Yan

Jerett T. Yan

Senior Counsel

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San Francisco

Jerett provides advisory and litigation services to cities, transit agencies, water districts, and other public agencies on matters including public contracting, code enforcement, public records, revenue measures, and constitutional issues. He also provides strategic business advice to non-government entities on navigating administrative processes, such as obtaining entitlements and regulatory compliance.

Jerett assists public agencies to structure procurement processes for public works projects, and to handle the accompanying complexities of such projects, including resolving conflicts of interest, negotiating contracts, complying with prevailing wage requirements, and defending bid protests. He has particular expertise in the effective utilization of alternative project delivery methods, such as progressive design-build, public-private partnership, and construction manager/general contractor approaches, in contexts ranging from transit projects to hospitals to water infrastructure.

Jerett also counsels public agencies on compliance with civil rights requirements, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. He has experience analyzing the potential effects of government actions, such as transit fare and service changes, on minority and low income populations, and in developing compliance procedures. Jerett previously investigated and adjudicated Title VI complaints involving permitting of environmental facilities as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights.

During law school Jerett clerked for Public Advocates, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a tenant organizer in Chicago.


"Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Procedural Requirements of Proposition 218 to Revenue Measures Adopted by Initiative," co-author, Government Law Alert (September 2017)

"Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Proposition 218 Requirements to Franchise Fees," Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Alert (June 2017)

"Chapter 5: Finance and Economic Development," reviewer, Municipal Law Handbook (2016)

"Chapter 13: Liability and Litigation," reviewer, Municipal Law Handbook (2017)

"Rousing the Sleeping Giant: Administrative Enforcement of Title VI and New Routes to Equity in Transit Planning,"101 Calif. L. Rev 1131 (2013)

"A Lunatic’s Guide to Suing for $30: AT&T v. Concepcion, the Federal Arbitration Act, and the Future of Unconscionability," 32 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L 551 (2012)

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Professional Affiliations

Bar Association of San Francisco

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association

Asian American Bar Association

Judicial Clerkships

Clerkship for the Superior Court of California

Academic Distinction

Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, Senior Articles Editor


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2012)

B.A., Departmental Honors, Northwestern University (2007)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

San Francisco

415-995-5122 Direct Phone
415-995-3472 Fax

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