Profile

Jessica is a complex commercial litigator who has litigated and tried a variety of cases in federal and state courts, including disputes related to contract law, business torts, securities fraud, employment law, constitutional law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Stark Law. She also has represented clients facing government investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), export controls and trade sanctions, and a variety of other regulatory regimes.

With extensive experience representing clients in appeals, Jessica has briefed cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Vance v. Ball State University, one of the most closely watched recent employment discrimination cases.  She has also worked on appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal.  Jessica served as lead counsel and argued a pro bono ERISA case before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

Experience

Jessica’s recent engagements include:

  • Defending a healthcare company in a billion-dollar trial over ownership of a hospital that resulted in a complete defense victory
  • Defending the U.S. services business of a major British multinational defense technology company at trial over an earn-out provision that resulted in a complete defense victory
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 telecom company in an arbitration against another Fortune 100 telecom company involving breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and deceptive trade practices claims

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern Law Review
  • Northwestern University, B.A., with honors, Political Science

Admissions

Bars

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Michigan

Awards and Associations

Law Board Member, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Clerkships

  • Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
  • Hon. Joel M. Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit