About Us

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of; the tree is the real thing."

Abraham Lincoln

Quinsaat & Hooper's character is shaped by more than 45 years of combined legal talent of its partners, their compassion for people, and service to many diverse communities.


Jesse G. Quinsaat
Jesse G. Quinsaat has been practicing law in the County of San Diego, California since 1977. He is an honors graduate of the University of California at San Diego,where he received his B.A. in 1973 and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned his J.D. in 1976. While at UCLA, Mr. Quinsaat served as the editor of several textbooks published by UCLA which deal with Asian American history. These textbooks have been a part of the curriculum for many courses taught at the college level about Asian Americans.

Mr. Quinsaat served as the lead Asian attorney in several Federal cases which changed the employment landscape for Asian Americans in San Diego County.  In these cases, Mr. Quinsaat was able to enforce civil rights of Asians which resulted in a decree requiring the hire and promotion of Asians in employment with the County of San Diego.

 Mr. Quinsaat has also served as the San Diego Chapter Chairperson of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the largest organization of its kind advocating the rights of immigrants and aliens in the United States.  He has also served as the president of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego and an executive officer of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.


Palma Cesar Hooper
Palma (“Pam”) Cesar Hooper has been representing clients in business and real estate matters, employment law, personal injury, construction defect cases, and complex business litigation for over past 25 years. She majored in political science at the University ofCalifornia at San Diego, graduating in 1977, cum laude with departmental honors. Ms. Hooper attended the University of Southern California Law School and received her juris doctorate degree in 1980. She was a member of Moot Court at USC.

Prior to forming Quinsaat & Hooper, she was a civil litigator at Thorsnes Bartolotta & McGuire in San Diego for 15 years, where she was the only woman partner in that firm for over ten years.

Ms. Hooper has been a member of numerous professional organizations over her career: The State Bar of California (Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee 1985-1987); (Committee of Bar Examiners 1991-1993); San Diego County Bar Association; Consumer Attorneys of San Diego; Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (Board of Directors 1986-87, Secretary Treasurer 1984, President 1985-87); Pilipino-American Lawyers of San Diego (President 1987-1989; Secretary 2001); Native American Lawyers Association; California Indian Law Association; Legion Lex American Inn of Court (Secretary Treasurer, Executive Committee, and seminar panelist 1991-94); William L. Todd, Jr. American Inn of Court (President 1995-1997).

Committed to serving the community, Ms. Hooper has also been appointed to a number of prestigious committees and commissions. In 1985 to 1989 she was appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to the San Diego County Human Relations Commission where she served as vice chairperson from 1987 to 1988. This Commission was involved in reducing racial tensions and conflicts among the increasingly diverse community in San Diego County. She was appointed by then State Attorney General John Van de Kamp to the State Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs on Law Enforcement from 1987 to 1990 and served as the chairperson on the Hate Crimes Subcommittee.

In 1995 Ms.Hooper was appointed to a two-year term on the Federal Judicial Appointments Committee by United States Senator Barbara Boxer. The committee reviews and recommends nominees for federal judicial appointments.

In 1998, 2000, and 2001, United States District Court Chief Judge Marilyn Huff recommended Ms. Hooper’s appointment to the Federal Magistrate Reappointment Committee which reviews nominees for the federal magistrate judge ships for the Southern District of the United States District Court.

From 1984 to 1987, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Legal Aid Society. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, a non-profit organization in the San Diego Community. From 1991-1994 she served as a member of the Board of Directors of Legion Lex, the USC Law School Alumni Association. From 2001 to 2003 she served as the President of the San Diego Alliance For Asian Pacific Islander Americans, Inc., a nonprofit community service organization.  Since 2003 she has served as the President of the Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law, a non-profit law center which provides legal education and resources to the public with an emphasis on the Asian Pacific Islander community in San Diego County. 

She continues to be involved in education. She has been a panelist and lecturer on numerous Bar-related seminars, community events, and local law school classes. She serves as a mentor to law students in the mentor programs both at the University of San Diego Law School and her alma mater, the University of Southern California Law School. She is a mediation trainer in a peer mediation program in the elementary schools.

Ms. Hooper has been recognized for her successes by a variety of different groups: Y. W. C. A.’s Tribute to Women in Industry Award (1990); San Diego Filipino American Lawyer of the Year Award (1993); Maria Claras Sorority Law Award (1995); San Diego County Ethnic Bar Association Phenomenal Women Award (1998); the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s National Trailblazer Award (1998); the State Bar Manual Wiley's Pro Bono Service award (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009); Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Service Award (2006-2009).  In addition, she has received the highest rating–AV–from Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s premier lawyers directory.