Jessica practices in the areas of labor and employment, and complex business litigation. She assists companies in employment discrimination, wage and hour, restrictive covenant and trade theft matters. For those clients, Jessica focuses on employment discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, representing clients before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has defended employers in wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court, including cases involving missed meal and break periods and misclassification of employees.

She has represented companies at trials, mediations and arbitrations. In proactive measures to ideally prevent such situations, Jessica works closely with human resources professionals to ensure clients comply with applicable state and federal labor laws.

For her complex commercial litigation practice, Jessica handles legal malpractice defense cases, as well as cases that involve both commercial and employment related issues.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • A.B., Dartmouth College
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in Chief, Arizona Law Review, University of Arizona, 2005

Areas Of Practice

Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Our attorneys practicing in the employment and labor relations area advise and defend management in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship.


  • Commercial Contingency Litigation
  • Litigation

Representative Cases

  • In 2016, served as co-counsel in a four-week legal malpractice case and secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of the defendant law firm.
  • In 2015, represented large employer in AAA arbitration in a wrongful discrimination claim being asserted by a former employee. Secured a decision in favor of the employer.
  • In 2013, represented large employer in AAA arbitration where employee was claiming to have been wrongfully terminated. Secured decision in favor of the employer.
  • Served as co-counsel at a three-day bench trial in Arizona district court, representing an airline against a claim brought by two former employees who were claiming that the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act when it terminated them for abusing its sick leave policy; examined and cross-examined witnesses; received a complete defense verdict. (Ariz. Federal Court 2011).
  • Served as co-counsel at week-long trial in Minnesota federal district court, representing mine operator against discrimination claims brought by private plaintiff and the EEOC; examined and cross-examined witnesses and successfully argued directed verdict motion on punitive damages; jury returned complete defense verdict. (Minn. Federal Court 2009-10).
  • Represented dental practice in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by former employee; drafted summary judgment motion and secured dismissal (Ariz. Federal Court 2010).
  • Represented national pet distributor in multi-party lawsuit in federal district court alleging deceptive business practice and RICO claims. Drafted successful motion to dismiss (Ariz. Federal Court 2009).
  • Represented an international telecommunications provider in a fraud and negligence case involving over $50 million in asserted damages. Took and defended multiple depositions; managed the document collection and production; and oversaw the review of over 100,000 documents, including both paper and electronic documents (Cal. State Ct., 2006-2009).
  • Represented a high-end hotel chain in a large class action involving claims under California’s wage-and-hour statutes. Helped obtain a favorable settlement in mediation (Cal. State Ct., 2008).
  • Briefed and argued an appeal to the Ninth Circuit in a pro bono immigration matter. Persuaded the court to reverse in favor of client. Holder v. Ulanday, Case No. 04-73479 (9th Cir. 2009).
  • Represented an international chocolate manufacturer in a class action involving claims under state wage-and-hour laws as well as under the Fair Labor Standards Act (N.D. Cal., 2008).
  • Successfully represented a film distribution company and its owner in challenging an illegal search and seizure conducted by FBI agents (C.D. Cal., 2007).
  • Represented high-end supermarket chain in an EEOC discrimination proceeding involving claims of age and race discrimination. Obtained favorable result following mediation (EEOC, 2008).
  • Represented high-end supermarket chain in a disability discrimination lawsuit. Obtained favorable settlement (Cal. State Ct., 2008).

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2023 and 2024
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2019
  • Most Influential Women, AZ Business Magazine, 2018
  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2018
  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2012; Employment and Labor, 2013-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation, Top Litigator Under 40, Future Star, 2017-2018
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles and Presentations

Professional and community activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Law College Association for the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Board Member, Arizona Law Review Alumni Association, 2014
  • President, Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, 2009-2012


  • Arizona
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit