Jill Dessalines

Chief Litigation Strategist

Ms. Dessalines is a former Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of McKesson Corporation. As a recognized and respected master litigation strategist in high stakes litigation, she represented a Fortune 14 corporation for over 16 years where she managed and successfully resolved multi-billion-dollar privacy, class action matters. Active in the community and the recipient of numerous professional awards and distinctions, Ms. Dessalines was recently named One of California’s Top 10 In-House Counsel by the Daily Journal.

During her near twenty year career at McKesson, Ms. Dessalines:

  • Supervised outside counsel and advised senior executives on multi-million dollar litigation on a nationwide basis for world’s largest healthcare supply, information and care management company;
  • Worked with external auditors in preparation and updating of public company reports;
  • Implemented litigation policy on healthcare regulatory, customer and supplier disputes, intellectual property, privacy, trade secret, employment and other complex business litigation;
  • Founded company-wide intellectual property committee responsible for devising comprehensive strategy and developing portfolio consistent with overall IP policy; and
  • Lead e-discovery group, created and oversaw strategic technology program for General Counsel Organization.

Summary of Career Highlights:

  • Master litigation strategist in high stakes litigation for Fortune 14 corporation for over 16 years;
  • Expert in class action strategy, evaluation, defense and settlement analysis;
  • Privacy litigation, federal and state regulatory compliance expert;
  • Created inaugural intellectual property program for Fortune 14 corporation;
  • Masterminded 2012 amendment of California’s Confidentiality in Medical Information Act to benefit Covered Entity and Business Associate disclosures.
  • Managed and successfully resolved multi-billion-dollar privacy, class action matters for Fortune 14 corporation.


Georgetown University Law Center – Washington, D.C.

J.D., May 1985

Howard University, School of Communications – Washington, D.C.

B.A., cum laude, May 1981

Major: Broadcast Management

Bar Admissions:

Washington, D.C. – 1985

California – 1986

Oklahoma – 1993

Professional and Community Organizations and Awards:

Named One of California’s Top 10 In-House Counsel by Daily Journal – 2012

California Diversity Council 2012 Multicultural Leadership Award  – 2012

American Bar Association – Co-Chair Litigation Mgt., Corporate Counsel Committee

Bar Association of San Francisco – Corporate Counsel Section Co-Chair 2011 – 2014; Board 2002 – 2005; Judiciary Chair 2000 – 2002

Black Women Lawyers of Northern California – Past President 2006 – 2008

United Negro College Fund – Executive Board 1999 – 2010

Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Foundation – Board of Directors 1998 – present

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of the East Bay – Board of Directors 1999 – 2002