Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Motivated and results-oriented Legal Professional with a successful 18-year record in Labor/Employment law. Focused on tactical, strategic and purpose driven results to better organizations. Proven success in building relationships to effectively motivate employees and gain trust from management and unions to effectively provide innovative, organizational and business solutions.
Areas of Expertise
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Contract negotiations and reviews
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Litigation/Arbitration
  • Policy development & interpretation
  • Human Resources management
  • Strategic planning
  • Employee training
  • Finance/Budgeting
  • Employee management
  • Safety training
  • Presentation skills
Professional Highlights
  • Successfully negotiated over 25 collective bargaining agreements with private and public sector unions as lead counsel
  • Advises Human Resources personnel and Management staff in 13 states
  • Collaborates with leadership to complete multiple reorganizations resulting in workforce efficiencies and alignment of human capital with the business strategy 
  • Trains supervisors and managers on change management and leading through uncertainty 
  • Combines business acumen and an aggressive approach to negotiations and grievance arbitrations to maximize profits and increase efficiencies
  • Committed to maintaining professionalism and work ethic in deadline-driven, fast-paced environments
  • Effectively integrated a new payroll structure to seamlessly transfer 20,000+ employees to a new system   
J.D.: Law, Expected in 1999
University of Cincinnati College of Law - Cincinnati, OH
Bachelor of Arts: Classics, Expected in 1996
University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN
Labor Relations Manager, 07/2012 to Current
Raytheon Technologies CorpPalmdale, CA,
  • Strategic partner to Regional Executives, Directors, Area Managers and HR Business Partners, providing daily expert advice on employee management and employment policies.
  • Provides legal interpretation of collective bargaining agreements in thirteen states, as well as to the National Contract that encompasses 80 local contracts and nine International Coalition Unions within the United States.
  • Travels extensively throughout the United States to collaborate with our Labor Partners in successful resolution of operational issues and demands.
  • Defends organization through well-crafted grievance responses.
  • Trains new and existing staff employees, team supervisors and managers regarding personnel issues.
  • Investigates EEOC charges, OSHA complaints, Workers' Compensation claims and Unemployment claims.
  • Chairs local Labor-Management Committee monthly meetings in assigned territories.
  • Chairs local Safety Committee monthly meetings.
  • Presents frequently to Executive Advisory Committee, Staff In-service Meetings and the Finance & Operations Council of the Board of Directors regarding policy developments and claims management.
  • Manages the staff of the Joint Labor Team to ensure effective communication between labor and management.


Associate Attorney, 04/2010 to 07/2012
Berry, Appleman & LeidenBoston, MA,
  • Defended employers in all areas of employment law and workers' compensation, including Employment litigation, arbitrations, industrial commission hearings, and unemployment hearings.
  • Expertly negotiated labor contracts to realize necessary cost savings and win concessions from unions on protective contract language.
  • Negotiated and secured advantageous vendor contracts, insurance agreements, licensing agreements, subcontracting agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-disclosure agreements on behalf of corporate clients.
  • Greatly reduced client liability by leading investigations of discrimination, wage/hour, and safety complaints.
  • Drafted effective personnel policies/handbooks and trained clients on the implementation of enforcement strategies.
  • Managed 50-60 cases consistently as well as serving as the point of contact for the firm's largest clients.
  • Crafted thorough and persuasive position statements and briefs, leading to the dismissal of virtually all charges brought against clients before the EEOC, OSHA, and NLRB.
  • Saved clients thousands of dollars in premiums and expenses by managing and controlling workers' compensation costs.
Attorney, 04/2007 to 04/2010
Panasonic Corporation Of North AmericaMobile, AL,
  • Represented companies in labor contract negotiations, arbitrations and litigation, and provided cost-saving advice on compliance issues, contract review, transactional matters, employee training, corporate formation and governance and general business issues.
  • Defended employers in employment law and workers' compensation.
Associate Attorney, 01/2004 to 04/2007
Berry, Appleman & LeidenNew York, NY,
  • Represented companies in labor contract negotiations, arbitrations, litigation, compliance issues, contract review, and regulatory inquiries to reduce liability and realize cost-saving opportunities. 
  • Defended employers in all areas of employment law and workers’ compensation.
Associate Attorney, 01/2002 to 01/2004
Berry, Appleman & LeidenAustin, TX,
  • Represented companies in labor contract negotiations, arbitrations, litigation, compliance issues, contract review, and regulatory inquiries to reduce liability and realize cost-saving opportunities.
  • Defended employers in all areas of employment law and workers' compensation.
Associate General Counsel, 04/1999 to 01/2002
Sirius XmNew York, NY,
  • Managed and directed outside legal counsel in civil litigation complaints.
  • Supervised and instructed insurance claims investigators and retained counsel on claims.
  • Regulated all corporate governance of federal and state compliance issues.
  • Approved all contracts, leases, rental agreements, and responses to requests for proposals.
  • First Chair in Negotiations of collective bargaining agreements throughout the U.S.
  • Litigated the company's labor arbitrations and EEOC and NLRB charges, achieving an 80% success rate.
  • Coordinated efforts in NLRB election campaigns, winning all of them.
Activities and Honors
Ohio Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2006
Ohio State Bar – Admitted, 1999

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