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JESSICA JAMES

  • Seasoned litigator and trusted employment counsel, with over a decade of global law firm experience. 

 

  • Fan of desert camping and mountain lakes. 
     

  • Side hustles as a hobby farmer. 

Jessica’s practice incorporates complex litigation experience coupled with the practical understanding of in-house employment counsel.  Jessica regularly represents companies responding to employment-related claims and disputes, including claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and others. She also advises clients on issues throughout the employment relationship, ranging from contract review, wage and hour matters, hiring and separations, performance management, background checks, company handbooks and policies, leave and accommodation requests, investigations, trainings, and other compliance with state and federal regulations.   

 

Jessica also focuses on pay equity and pay transparency laws, and she previously served as a member of California’s Pay Equity Task Force to develop step-by-step guidance for navigating the evolving pay equity landscape. 

Prior to joining BNCJ, Jessica developed over a decade of BigLaw experience representing all types of clients ranging from small tech startups to Fortune 500 companies across the county.  Jessica earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific where she was Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review and then clerked for two years for Justice Ron Parraguirre on the Nevada Supreme Court.

 

 

PRACTICE AREAS

 

  • Civil Litigation 

  • Employment Law 

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

  • California, 2011

  • Nevada, 2012

 

 

EDUCATION

 

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Order of the Coif and with Great Distinction

  • B.A., St. Mary's College of California, English Literature, magna cum laude, and varsity crew. 

 

 

ASSOCIATIONS, ACCREDITATIONS & AWARDS

 

  • National Association of Women Lawyers, 2018-Present

  • Orrick Pay Equity Task Force, 2019–2023

  • California Pay Equity Task Force, 2018–2019
     

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