Upon graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Jellins clerked for Professor Richard B. Lillich, researching and writing on problems in International Law and thereafter opened a general practice with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia. From 1982 to 1985, his legal work encompassed a broad range of matters including criminal, bankruptcy, landlord tenant, family, personal injury, juvenile, immigration and estate planning. He frequently represented buyers and sellers in residential real estate sales transactions, serving as both title and escrow agent on behalf of Chicago Title Company.
From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Jellins served as a litigation associate with firms in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Washington, D.C., handling primarily insurance defense, construction defect, toxic tort, insurance coverage and bad faith cases on behalf of the insurer. His clients during this period included individuals; construction companies; property development companies; and personal, commercial, specialty, excess and reinsurance companies. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Jellins served as a Director of the California Young Lawyers Association, a state wide association of lawyers.
In 1996, Mr. Jellins and Dennis Wagstaffe formed the Redwood City firm of Wagstaffe & Jellins, counseling real property owners in the management of their estates and litigating contested probate estates and trust administrations. He also continued to represent contractors and property owners in construction related claims and counseled property owners seeking government entitlements before local, county and state boards and commissions.
Mr. Jellins founded Jellins & Associates in 1999 as a real property boutique handling all aspects of real property management including general litigation, landlord tenant disputes, purchase and sale agreements, boundary disputes, evictions, contracts, partnership and co ownership agreements, residential leases, commercial leases, real estate investment, land use applications to governmental entities, development agreements, estate litigation, construction agreements, mechanics’ liens, construction disputes, and defective construction.
Mr. Jellins was appointed to the Planning Commission for the City of Menlo Park in October 2006 and served in that capacity until his election in November 2008 as a member of the City Council of the City of Menlo Park. He served as Mayor of the City of Menlo Park from December 2000 to December 2001. In November 2002, Mr. Jellins was re elected to the City Council for the City of Menlo Park and thereafter served as its Mayor from December 2002 to December 2003, and from December 2005 to December 2006. During his tenure on the Menlo Park City Council, Mr. Jellins served as Chairman of the San Mateo County Criminal Justice Council and President of the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities, among other positions.
Mr. Jellins is an avid sports fan, physical fitness enthusiast, Porsche driver, news junkie and reader of political, espionage and mystery novels.