Jay Richard Strauss

Jay Richard Strauss

Novato, California

Jay is an experienced business and employment lawyer, a successful businessman and a dedicated civic leader.



Jay’s practices in the following areas:


·         Employment

·         Business

·         Real Estate

·         Personal Injury

·         Estate Planning

·         Civil Litigation (involving all of the above)


For over 30 years Jay has represented individuals and businesses of all sizes, from proprietorships to public companies, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.  After graduating  from Golden Gate University School of Law “ With Highest Honors” (summa cum laude), 2nd in a class of over 200, Jay practiced first in a downtown San Francisco business law firm (Fleischmann and Strauss) and then in Lafayette, CA (Foley, McIntosh, Frey, Claytor and Strauss, and later Strauss Nickerson LLP), before opening his practice in Marin County, CA and forming Winton Strauss Law Group, P.C., based in Novato. 



During the dot.com boom, Jay co-founded Muchocode.com, a business to business e-commerce portal.  That company was later merged into Team America, Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ) human resource company based in Columbus, OH, with over 15,000 employees nationwide, where  Jay was the Executive Vice President-General Counsel in charge of law and HR, the Corporate Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors.  This endeavor required his moving to Ohio. 


On his return to California, Jay returned to the practice of law, but along the way founded a San Francisco based mortgage brokerage and a small HR company based in Marin County.  He also served as Vice President of Law and Business Development at a small venture firm based in Sausalito, CA.



Jay has held a number of significant public positions and participated in many civic organizations, including:


·         Mayor: Lafayette CA (1999-2000)

·         Councilmember: Lafayette City Council

·         President:  Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

·         Commissioner: Novato and Lafayette Planning Commissions

·         Board of Directors and Executive Committee:  Novato Chamber of Commerce,   Marin Economic Forum, Novato Theater

·         Member: Lafayette and Novato Rotary



Jay was born and raised in the New York City area.  He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and after a stint as a New York City cab driver, he moved to California where he taught Expository Writing at Cal State Hayward while working toward a Masters in English Literature.

He is married to Stephanie Bennett-Strauss, M.D., a behavioral and developmental pediatrician, has 3 kids, 2 grandkids, dog(s) and cat(s), all above average.  He also enjoys golf, poker, politics, history and literature.

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