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Overview

Jessica focuses her practice on labor and employment matters, partnering with clients to develop solutions to workforce challenges.

Jessica’s first aim is to help clients prevent litigation by advising on day-to-day employment policies. She also counsels employers regarding reductions of force and compliance with the WARN Act, and assists with the drafting and revising of employee handbooks, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements.

While Jessica seeks to help clients avoid allegations of wrongdoing, she is a fierce advocate when lawsuits do occur. She aims to resolve disputes through mediation and arbitration when feasible but also has experience defending clients in federal and state court. Jessica has handled both individual and class action lawsuits involving allegations of:

  • Race, age, gender and disability discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Violations of Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and related state laws
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Wrongful termination and unpaid wages

Jessica represents a broad spectrum of clients including major insurers, international banks, pharmaceutical companies, shareholders, executives, small businesses, global retailers, automobile dealerships and government agencies. She’s known for her dedication to understanding not only a client’s case, but the client’s entire business so that she can tailor her counsel to their specific needs.


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Education

  • J.D., George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law
    • Civil Rights Law Journal, Notes Editor
  • B.A., Mary Baldwin University
    • English Language and Literature/Letters
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Mexico

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
Experience

Labor & Employment

  • Defended construction company against discrimination claim alleging violations of the ADA and Title VII.
  • Defended grocery store chain in hybrid collective and class action alleging violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour laws.
  • Advised healthcare company regarding compliance with state laws pertaining to sick pay and paid time off policies.
  • Defended hospital against discrimination claim alleging violations of ADEA and Title VII.
  • Defended Arizona resort against claims of sexual harassment and disability discrimination.
  • Represented medical practice in suit against former employee for breach of restrictive covenant.
  • Defended individual and class action lawsuits arising out of alleged violations of federal and state labor and employment laws, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and state counterparts.

Commercial Litigation

  • While representing insurer in complex multi-party litigation involving financial fraud, successfully amended complaint to add LLCs as defendants through use of alter ego doctrine to enable insurer to access $6M in real estate.
  • Represented executive and original shareholder of corporation in multi-million dollar buy-out; defended executive against claims of financial fraud.
  • Represented software company in connection with breach of commercial contract and services agreement.
  • Negotiated settlements in cases involving failure to disclose material information in commercial and real estate transactions.
  • Represented automobile dealerships in cases involving breach of commercial contracts.
Outside the Office

When away from her desk, Jessica can usually be found on a bike.

Jessica is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker and shares a passion for the outdoors with her husband and two children. 

Community Leadership
  • Lifewell, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, 2020-present
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Professional Development Committee, 2020-present
  • Junior League of Phoenix, 2020-present
  • VeloWorx Mountain Bike Team, 2017-present

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