JAY W. MACINTOSH 

Writer / Actress / semi-retired Attorney 

This site was formerly "LAW OFFICES OF JAY W. MACINTOSH". In order to preserve the domain, I am creating this website. It is under construction as I decide how to reinvent myself. But, for the time being, I will introduce myself to newcomers. I was born in Gainesville, Georgia, USA, with the birth name of "Janet Tallulah Jewell". Over the years, I went to college, got married, had children, moved to Los Angeles, California, changed my name to "Jay W. MacIntosh", acted professionally in Film and Television, went to Whittier Law School, practiced Entertainment Law and Employment Discrimination, semi-retired, and now live in Nice, France. I moved with my husband, Steve Orlandella, in October 2015. Steve was a television producer and writer. We were looking forward to starting life anew. Regretfully, he died in August 2016 from natural causes (pneumonia). So, I am picking myself up, dusting myself off, and starting all over again - in France. I now spend my time writing. As a retired attorney / actress / widow / mother / grandma / ex-college professor (Chairman of the Division of Humanities at a branch of the University of Georgia) and ex-real estate broker, I have a lot to say.


As an attorney, I specialized in employment litigation, helping employees who had been victimized in the workplace. Employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination and overtime violations are among the most common employment law matters affecting California workers. No matter what the legal issue, people deserve to have a California employment lawyer who will advocate for their rights. For over sixteen years, our labor and employment law firm advocated for the interests of those facing workplace disputes. We handled a variety of employment claims and discrimination cases, including those involving sexual orientation discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination or any other form of unlawful discrimination. Our practice was not limited to employment law claims, however; we also handled real estate claims, various civil disputes, and entertainment legal issues.


​I also did Entertainment Law and continue to help clients from time to time with entertainment matters. Entertainment law, sometimes called media law, is a term for a mix of more traditional categories of law with a focus on providing legal services to the Entertainment Industry.  The principal areas of Entertainment Law overlap substantially with the well-known and conventional field of intellectual property law. Much of the work is transaction-based, i.e. drafting contracts, negotiating, mediating, and such.  Entertainment law is generally sub-divided into the following areas related to the types of activities that have their own specific trade unions, production techniques, rules, customs, case law, and negotiation strategies: film, music, television and radio, theatre, multimedia, publishing, visual arts and design, and defamation (libel and slander), personality rights, and privacy rights issues also arise in entertainment law, as well as life rights. 


As an actress, I performed in film, television, commercials, and theatre. I am a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (serving on the Blue Ribbon Panel for the EMMYS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP. This also will be developed with pictures and information about my career in film and television.


I attended Whittier Law School and am currently an active member of the California Bar. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Drama, and am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. I have published “The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy”, "Moments in Time", "Capturing Beauty", "Journal of Janet Tallulah" and “Janet Tallulah”, currently for sale on amazon.com. I am currently writing a novel, writing a blog "Jayspeakblog", and taking pictures of everything with my cellphone.


My French is "in process". I can speak a little and understand more. I read French the best, having studied it at the University of Wisconsin. It was also my second language when I got my Master’s Degree. My love affair with France started when I was a little girl. And, I crave the Sea. So, Nice is the natural place for me to be - especially since I am in those "golden years". My plan is to learn to speak French, eat good food, write books, take photographs, and meet people. That is the plan, anyway. Always subject to change without notice.