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- Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
- Entertainment & Sports
- Litigation – Appellate
- Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
- Litigation & Risk Management
- Privacy & Data Security
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
- SMU Dedman School of Law; J.D., Cum Laude, 2002
- Rice University; B.A., Political Science, 1999
Large Law Firm Experience
Littler Mendelson, PC
Jessica has 12 years of experience litigating and consulting with businesses in a wide range of business employment areas. Before joining KJ Partners, Jessica practiced at Littler Mendelson, PC, the largest Labor & Employment firm in the U.S.
Jessica has experience litigating all types of employment law matters in state and federal courts, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings before the EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, and Texas Workforce Commission, including discrimination and retaliation, worker’s compensation, trade secrets, non-competes, and wage & hour disputes.
Jessica regularly advises clients about human resource policies and procedures. She conducts sensitive, internal investigations regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and bullying, including Title IX investigations.
When it’s all on the table, Jessica produces results. She loves developing a clean, simple trial theory, and building the entire case around it, so that in the end, it’s a straightforward story for the jury. In 2013, she secured a jury verdict in favor of an international manufacturing company accused of race discrimination in the Eastern District of Texas. The Fifth Circuit upheld the verdict. In 2010, she won a $2.4 Million jury verdict in Dallas County for a small business owner who spent his life savings buying a business, where the seller cooked the books and immediately set up a competing business.
Jessica has experience identifying desired results and implementing a strategy to secure it. One size does not fit all. She navigates all aspects of employment law, including payroll deductions, garnishments, discrimination, harassment, disability accommodations, leave, hiring, firing, discipline, job descriptions, wage & hours issues, and exemption classification to find the right solution for each client. She recently spoke on the pitfalls of the FMLA/ ADA, which is one of the most difficult issues for businesses to navigate while maintaining their productivity.
During law school, Jessica had the honor of serving as an extern for the late Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer. Immediately following law school, Jessica clerked for the Texas Court of Appeals—Texarkana, learning invaluable appellate skills. Jessica has argued in Texas Court of Appeals, and overturned several district court judgments related to arbitration. She is versed in special appearance and other interlocutory appeal issues, as well as appeals of final judgments.
Jessica has assisted clients in medical, manufacturing, retail, and restaurant industries. In addition, she has also represented music artists and drafted and negotiated recording, publishing, producer and licensing agreements with Universal Records, Warner Chappell, EMI, Hasbro, and MTV.
Jessica was named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014, an honor given to only 2.3% of lawyers in Texas. In 2005, she was selected as a member of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association Leadership Class. Jessica was one of the co-organizers of the Leadership Class’s project The Big Easy in Big D, a charity concert benefitting Dallas ISD schools that absorbed students following Hurricane Katrina.
Jessica co-founded and developed a premium denim line in 2006. She comes from a family of small business owners. Jessica will take the time to understand your business, as if it were her own.
Jessica served on the Board of Family Gateway; she is the former Pro Bono Coordinator for Littler Mendelson’s Dallas office, and she is involved with Artist Vs Architect, a charity event her husband founded in 2012. She lives in Dallas with her husband and two daughters.
Presentations & Teaching Experience
- Walking the Tightrope of ADA and FMLA (April 2014; present at V.G. Young Texas A&M Institute for County Government Human Resource Professionals at Texas A&M University)
- The ADAAA Final Regulations, EEOC Enforcement Initiatives and GINA (April 2011; presented to Littler Mendelson clients in Dallas)
- Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later; Navigating Overtime Laws (September 2010; presented to Untyed – Dallas Business and Executive Group)
Employment Law (Corporate) and Employment Law (Individuals) in Texas
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