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Jessica is a skillful attorney that focuses her practice on all aspects of employment law. 

Her experience includes representing public and private sector entities in all aspects of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage and hour claims, in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings. Jessica also regularly conducts workplace investigations and provides employers with preventative counsel in a variety of areas, including risk analysis and compliance, to mitigate the risk of claims. 

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Jessica was an attorney in the Los Angeles office of a boutique business law firm where she represented companies in matters involving labor and employment, commercial litigation, employment litigation, real estate and intellectual property. 

Representative Experience
  • Defended private and public entities in all aspects and stages of employment actions in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings including the California Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the County of Los Angeles Civil Service Commission.

  • Defended clients in matters involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a public entity employer in federal court against a plaintiff who claimed 10 counts of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and failure to accommodate, based on disability. Handled all aspects from the CSC appeal through the 9th Circuit appeal.

  • Defended real estate owners, developers and surety companies against various claims brought by contractors and subcontractors relating to large residential and commercial development projects financed by global investment banking company.

  • Three-week jury trial involving inverse condemnation, breach of contract, and negligence claims against public and private entities relating to a road widening construction project. The trial resulted in a verdict/judgment in excess of $1 million in favor of our clients.

  • Defended corporations in connection with environmental actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and analogous state statutes arising from groundwater contamination claims in the Rialto-Colton Groundwater Basin and the Orange County South Basin.

Languages
  • Armenian (Fluent)