Janelle Orsi is an attorney living and working in Oakland, California. Her law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. She works with social enterprises, non-profits, cooperatives, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and others doing innovative work to change the world. Her primary areas of legal specialty are real estate, small business, nonprofit, and estate planning law. In addition to her private practice, Janelle is Co-Founder and Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo Press 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds. Janelle also writes for Shareable.net.

In 2010, Janelle was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, Janelle was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals “whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.”

Previously, she was Executive Director of Women Defenders, a professional organization of women defense attorneys and has worked in a range of legal practice areas, including criminal defense, youth law, immigration, adoptions, LGBT rights, and estate planning. She has worked for or interned with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Children, the Youth Law Center, and the San Francisco Juvenile Public Defender. Prior to becoming an attorney, Janelle worked in the fields of nonprofit development, education, and social science research.

Janelle volunteers her mediation skills with SEEDS Community Resolution Center . She is also founder and Coordinator of the Music Sanctuary Project, a program of Guitars not Guns that provides music lessons to detained immigrant youth. Janelle lives in “casual cohousing,” shares garden space and regular meals with her neighbors, takes part in a grocery co-op, shares an office space, and is always looking for new ways to share in her life.

Education: Pomona College (B.A. Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 2002); Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley (Juris Doctorate, 2007).