Jacqueline S. Vinaccia

San Diego: 858.243.4299
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For all litigation-related matters:
3170 Fourth Avenue, Ste. 250B
San Diego, CA 92103

Practice Areas

  • Business disputes
  • Land Use and Development Litigation
  • Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
  • Real Property disputes
  • Municipal Law Litigation
  • Construction disputes
  • Common Interest Community counseling and dispute resolution
  • General liability claims
  • Toxic tort claims

Jacqueline S. Vinaccia is a litigation and trial lawyer. Litigation is stressful and expensive. Ms. Vinaccia’s tenacity, coupled with her compassion for clients, prompts an honest assessment of litigation strategy, value, and cost to ensure her clients’ receive a smooth trial experience. She assists clients with their litigation needs before judges, juries, mediation, trial and appellate court.

Ms. Vinaccia has also developed a niche practice as an Attorney Fee Auditor, saving and recovering millions for her clients at every level of litigation. For more than two decades, she has assisted scores of business clients, municipalities, and insurance companies in resolving attorney fee disputes, and acted as an attorney fee analysis expert in several states throughout the United States. She has testified in state and federal courts to assist judges and juries in determining appropriate attorneys’ fee awards. She writes and presents on the topics of appropriate billing practices and fee auditing in local and national publications and before organizations across the country. She also serves as a fee arbitrator on the Fee Arbitration Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Before joining Vanst, Ms. Vinaccia had the pleasure of partnering with some of the best municipal and land use attorneys in California at Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak LLP, and with the national law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP where she gained extensive trial experience before judges and juries, as well as arguing before the court of appeals. Ms. Vinaccia began her legal career with the Orange County and San Diego firm of DiCaro, Highman, D’Antony, Dillard, Fuller & Gregor, where she was elevated to trial counsel within the first year of her practice.

Ms. Vinaccia earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1987. In 1990, she received her Juris Doctor degree from University of the San Diego, School of Law, with honors in Trial Advocacy.

Published Opinions

  • City of San Marcos v. Loma San Marcos (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1045
  • Golden Eagle v. Insurance Company of the West (2002) 99 Cal.App3th 837


California State Bar Association
California State Bar Association Litigation Section
San Diego County Bar Association, Litigation Section
National Italian American Bar Association
San Diego Italian American Bar Association
Equality California San Diego Equality Awards host committee member
Former Board of Directors for Doors of Change (aka Photocharity)
MANA de San Diego, A National Latina Organization, former General Counsel


Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent ® Rated
San Diego Super Lawyers 2013, and 2015 to 2019
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014
San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers, 2014 to 2019
Corporate Storytelling Certification, California International Business University