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Jessica is an employment defense litigator and trial attorney.

For the past 10 years, Jessica has been defending employers and managers against employment claims, including discrimination (based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age), harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and violations of wage and hour standards. 

Jessica represents Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies, and public entities before federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies, including the California Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jessica’s clients span a broad range of industries, including retail, restaurant and hospitality, banking, telecommunications and mobility services, as well as cities and counties.

In addition to her litigation and trial practice, Jessica also conducts workplace investigations, and provides advice and counsel to employers and managers, including risk analysis and compliance, in order to mitigate the risk of claims and to mitigate potential damages in litigation. 

Prior to focusing her practice exclusively on employment matters, Jessica practiced real estate and environmental law, where she gained significant trial experience. 

Representative Experience
  • Three-week jury trial involving plaintiffs, who sued the city, water district and a contractor for breach of contract, negligence, and inverse condemnation relating to a road widening construction project. Jessica represented plaintiffs from inception, at trial, and through post-trial motions. The trial resulted in a verdict/judgment in excess of $1 million, plus attorney’s fees in favor of her client.

  • One-week bench trial involving a commercial landscaper, who sued a real estate developer of a large resort project. As a result of the bankruptcy filings by the financier, the matter was stayed and Plaintiff amended to add claims against the surety bond company. Jessica represented the developer and the surety bond company in all aspects of the litigation, at trial, and on appeal. Published opinion in favor of her client: Nissho of California, Inc. v. Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 974.

  • Several trials defending a property management company involving landlord/tenant disputes.

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

Languages
  • Armenian (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Basic)
  • Chinese (Basic)