Jeremy Pilaar

Deputy County Counsel

Jeremy Pilaar joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2021. Jeremy advises the Board of Supervisors and various County departments as a member of the Finance and Government Operations Team. Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Jeremy was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, where he helped low-income individuals and families obtain essential public benefits. Jeremy previously served as an associate at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firm, where he represented workers and consumers in class actions challenging corporate misconduct. He also held a joint appointment as a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School and fellow at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, through which he litigated innovative public interest cases on behalf of the people of California. 

Jeremy’s professional expertise includes:

  • State and local government
  • Public benefits
  • Affirmative litigation


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2018
    • Managing Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
    • Board Member, American Constitution Society
    • Student Attorney, San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project
    • Student Attorney, Legislative Advocacy Clinic
  • University of Oxford, M.Phil., distinction, Comparative Social Policy, 2015
    • Social Sciences Divisional Scholar, Lady Margaret Hall
    • Editor, St Antony’s International Review
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., highest distinction, Political Economy, 2012
    • Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Political Review
    • Departmental Citation Award, Political Economy
    • Institute of International Studies Junior Scholar
    • Philo Sherman Bennett Prize in Political Science

Prior Experience

  • Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (2020-2021)
  • Associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP (2019-2020)
  • Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School (2018-2019)
  • Affirmative Litigation Fellow at San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (2018-2019)

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