Janet Wallace is a founding partner of O'Leary Wallace LLP. In addition to her legal work, Janet teaches Estate Planning and Administration, Introduction to Law, Legal Research & Writing, and Legal Technology courses at Cuesta Community College. 

Janet previously practiced at the local law firms Duggan Smith & Heath LLP and Adamski, Moroski Madden Cumberland & Green LLP.  As a law student at UC Davis School of Law, Janet interned with the Office of General Counsel for the University of California and with California’s Legislative Counsel, and was co-teacher in the University Honors Program.  

Janet had a varied career before attending law school including teaching high school photography and Advanced Placement Studio Art, advising an award-winning robotics team, working for the President of the United States in White House Management and Operations, and serving constituents as a field representative for the California State Assembly. 

Janet lives in Atascadero with her husband, Will, a school administrator, and their son. Janet and Will are licensed foster parents. They enjoy traveling to new cities, visiting art museums, and crafting the perfect vodka basil gimlet. 


  • Bachelor of Arts, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Juris Doctor, University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall)


  • American Bar Association

  • American Bar Association’s Woman Advocate Committee

  • State Bar of California

  • San Luis Obispo Bar Association

  • San Luis Obispo Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Division, Board of Directors

  • Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo, Past Member of the Board of Directors

  • Ms. JD, Board Emerita

  • Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

  • Studios on the Park, Board of Directors

  • San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, Past President and Member of the Board of Directors

  • Cuesta College Book of the Year Committee, Member

  • Leadership San Luis Obispo Class XXII

  • San Luis Obispo Library Foundation, Board of Directors

  • American Association of University Women

  • $tart $mart, Trained Facilitator

Awards & Recognition

  • Women of Distinction, Progress for Women, Cuesta College and The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s Women’s Legacy Fund 

  • Hands on Hero, First 5 San Luis Obispo County

  • Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2013, California Real Property Journal

  • Frank J. Pentangelo Award, SLO County Bar Association

  • Top 20 Under 40, San Luis Obispo Tribune

  • Inaugural “Rising Star” Award, Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo

  • Person Who Makes a Difference, Antelope Valley Press

  • Special Service Award, Antelope Valley Union High School District

  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, UC Davis School of Law

  • Outstanding Writing Award, UC Santa Barbara

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Faux Pas of the Rich and Famous, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast

  • Business Succession Planning; Good Morning San Luis Obispo; presenter

  • Estate Planning Faux Pas of the Rich and Famous, Central Coast Paralegal Association and Young Lawyers Association; presenter

  • Gender Bias Against Women in the Law; National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation; panelist 

  • Grit and Growth Mindset; Women Lawyers Association, San Luis Obispo; presenter and moderator

  • How to Succeed as a New Associate; Ms. JD Conference on Women in the Law; San Francisco, panelist

  • Display Your Passion: Getting Involved; Ms. JD Conference on Women in the Law; Austin, Texas, moderator

  • Lean In: Women Lawyers Leaning In; Women Lawyers Association, San Luis Obispo; panelist

  • Status of Women in the Legal Profession; Women Lawyers Association, San Luis Obispo; presenter

  • Motherhood: Reclaiming our Past, Transforming our Future; University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; panelist