Assistant District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni Biography

Assistant District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni has devoted her entire legal career to the pursuit of justice while handling virtually every type of criminal case prosecuted in Monterey County. For 20 years as a prosecutor, while always seeking justice and fairness, she tenaciously represented victims of crime before judges and juries in numerous high-profile cases including those involving murder, gang crimes, vehicular manslaughter, assault, robbery, child molestation, adult sexual assault, and elder abuse.

As a seasoned leader in the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Jeannine works closely with and helps guide highly talented prosecutors in units including Sexual Assault and Child Abuse, Major Felonies, Elder Abuse, and Felony DUI. She takes great pride in mentoring the attorneys on her team and fostering their professional development. Jeannine’s commitment to the community is also demonstrated as she represents the office on the Monterey County Children’s Council, the Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, and the Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Jeannine has received recognition throughout her professional career for her outstanding contributions to the pursuit of justice. She was presented with the “Award of Excellence” from the Monterey County Peace Officers Association for her work as a prosecutor on the murder case of People v. Jesse Crow. In 2014, Jeannine was featured in “A Passion for Justice,” a TEDx talk in which she described her successful prosecution of what had been the long unsolved 1997 murder of teenager Kristopher Olinger. Jeannine also received the Monterey County Team Service Award for her efforts in establishing the county-wide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), a multidisciplinary team focused on preserving evidence and aiding the victims of sexual assault.

Jeannine was elected to serve on the board of directors for the California District Attorneys Association. She also served on the board of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. Jeannine is an active member of the Rotary Club of Salinas.

Jeannine grew up in the Phoenix, Arizona, area and received her bachelor’s degree in English in 1987 from Northern Arizona University. She graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1990 and immediately became a prosecutor because of her commitment to justly and to fairly convict the guilty while protecting the innocent. She began her legal career as a deputy district attorney in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for two years before becoming a Monterey County Deputy District Attorney in 1992.

Jeannine stepped away from her legal career in 2002 to raise her three young children. She was selected as a member of the Monterey County Grand Jury during 2003, serving on the public safety committee and chairing the health and social services committee. Jeannine also was elected president of the Junior League of Monterey County.

Since returning to the DA’s office in 2009, Jeannine has regularly volunteered for the California Rodeo and is an avid booster at her sons’ high school. She and her daughter joined the National Charity League of Monterey Bay in 2012, and she was elected president of that non-profit in 2015.

Jeannine lives near Salinas with her two high school aged teenage sons, while her daughter attends college out of state.

When Jeannine Pacioni speaks about Justice, here is what she believes that it stands for:

J — Just
U — Unbiased
S — Sympathetic
T — Tough
I — Involved
C — Committed
E – Experienced

Professional Memberships

National District Attorneys Association

California District Attorneys Association

Child Abuse Prevention Council (Alternate for District Attorney)

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Steering Committee

Children’s Council of Monterey County (District Attorney’s Designee)

Monterey County Peace Officers’ Association

Monterey County Prosecutor’s Association

California State Bar Association


Community Service Organizations

Rotary Club of Salinas (2015-present)

National Charity League of Monterey Bay (2011-present)

California Rodeo Salinas (2016-present)



California District Attorneys Association, Board of Directors (2016- present)

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center Board of Trustees   (2014-present)

Junior League of Monterey County, Board President (2008-2009), Member since 1993)

National Charity League, Board of Directors (2012 -2017)


Awards and Honors

TEDx Speaker, 2014 – A Passion for Justice

Award of Excellence, 2010 – Monterey County Peace Officers’ Association

Monterey County Team Service Award – 1999



Northern Arizona University (1987) Bachelor of Science

University of San Diego School of Law (1990) Juris Doctorate


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