Jenny S. Lam

Deputy County Counsel 

Jenny Lam joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2010.  As a member of the Office’s Health and Hospital Section, she is general counsel for the Public Health Department and Emergency Medical Services Agency.  In that role, she drafts and reviews contracts, resolutions, policies and other documents; researches and provides advice on compliance and other issues; and handles other legal matters.  As a member of the Office’s Impact Litigation and Social Justice Section, she has helped develop and implement a number of legislative and policy initiatives.  This includes, for example, ordinances restricting smoking and e-cigarette use in public places and multi-unit residences, ordinances regulating tobacco and e-cigarette sales, and policies to promote workforce diversity and pay equity within the County.  Jenny also engages in affirmative litigation and is a member of the team litigating the Office’s public nuisance action against former lead paint manufacturers, People v. Atlantic Richfield Company.

 Since joining the Office, Jenny has represented the Juvenile Justice Commission, HIV Planning Council for Prevention and Care, Department of Revenue, South Santa Clara County Fire District, Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, and Commission on the Status of Women.  She has also successfully handled employee disciplinary hearings before the Personnel Board and Pitchess motions and 8102 petitions for the Sheriff’s Office and Department of Correction.

Jenny’s professional expertise includes:

  • Local government law
  • Government contracting
  • Health care law, including compliance and privacy issues
  • Public health law
  • Affirmative litigation


  • 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, presented by Public Justice, for work on People v. Atlantic Richfield Company
  • 2014 Recognition Award, presented by the County Counsels' Association of California, for work on People v. Atlantic Richfield Company
  • 2016 Litigation Award, presented by the County Counsels' Association of California, for amicus briefs in cases concerning counties' responsibility for providing certain services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2008
    • Member, California Law Review and Asian American Law Journal
    • Alvin and Sadie Landis Prize in Government Law
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 2008
    • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with high honors in department and high distinction in general scholarship, 2002

Prior Experience

  • Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP (2008-2010)


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