Litigation Associate Resume Example

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Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Entrepreneurial, seasoned litigator with seven years of experience advising both regional and national corporations on matters involving complex commercial litigation in the areas of financial services, securities, and deceptive trade practices defense. Trusted advisor to craft legal strategy, manage risk, and resolve cases timely and efficiently within budget. Impactful team player with strong written and oral advocacy skills, leadership experience, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
Illinois (2009), U.S.D.C., N.D. Ill. (2010), U.S.D.C., C.D. Ill. (2010)
  • Corporate litigation
  • Court procedures
  • Project management
  • Legal writing
  • Research and analysis 
  • Budgeting 
  • Decisive
  • Calm under pressure
  • Professional and personable
  • Effective multitasking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Sense of humor
  • Managed e-discovery in very large, complex litigation including: oversight of attorney teams in fact investigation, document productions, and deposition preparation; third-party discovery from financial institutions and the federal government; liaison with experts in financial services
  • Deposed FRCP 30(b)(6) witness of an executive in financial services; defended financial services executive in antitrust litigation proffer session to the SEC and DOJ; second-chaired numerous securities litigation depositions, including executives of a Fortune 50 company, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and of the U.S. Treasury
  • Drafted and prepared: confidentiality agreements, Daubert motions, discovery requests and responses, expert reports, FOIA requests, petition for writ of certiorari, pleadings, pre-trial materials, settlement agreements, summary judgment papers, trial and appellate briefs
  • Researched and drafted summaries and discussion materials on issues including antitrust, business torts and commercial arbitration, corporate privilege and work product disputes, derivative litigation, D&O insurance coverage, employment severance and non-compete agreements, proof of damages, evidentiary issues
Notable representations
  • Represented major auto manufacturer in internal investigation, government inquiries, and civil litigation  
  • Represented asset management company in declaratory judgment action against a Fortune 50 company regarding default under interest rate swap agreement  
  • Represented financial services executive in connection with municipal bond antitrust litigation
  • Represented real estate and finance group in derivative litigation arising from M&A activities
  • Provided advice regarding litigation issues to hedge fund for non-compete and severance agreements
  • Counsel to energy companies regarding potential contract claims, damages, and defenses 
Legal Aid / Pro Bono
  • Successfully represented inmates pro bono in actions under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act  
  • Assisted the New York State Governor’s Office’s Ready and Respond Commissions regarding recommendations for emergency preparedness following Superstorm Sandy
10/2009 to Current Litigation Associate Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell And Berkowitz, Pc | Houston, TX,
Represent clients in state and federal court litigation, internal investigations, arbitration, and mediation.  Counsel for clients on litigation claims and damages analysis, litigation and settlement strategy. Practice areas include: class actions, complex commercial disputes, employment, financial services, insurance coverage, products liability, securities, unfair and deceptive trade practices, white collar defense, and civil rights litigation.  Editor of The Spotlight monthly litigation newsletter. Contributing author of in-house specialization projects regarding the rules of evidence and sanctions under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  

07/2009 to 09/2009 Research Assistant University Of Florida | Gainesville, FL, Drafted edits, updates, and teaching supplement materials to Pitofsky, Goldschmid & Wood, TRADE REGULATION: CASES AND MATERIALS, 6TH ED., regarding antitrust and trade regulation issues including government action, joint ventures, refusals to deal, market concentration, oligopolies, and vertical restraints.
07/2008 to 10/2008 Legal Externship State Of North Dakota | Carson, ND, Reviewed and analyzed court records in criminal appeals and drafted opinions regarding narcotics convictions and abuse of discretion in sentencing.
05/2007 to 07/2007 Law Clerk Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Antitrust Bureau, Public Interest Division | City, STATE,

Conducted preliminary witness interviews and assisted with court filings in healthcare antitrust litigation. Researched and drafted memoranda on antitrust issues and civil procedure in antitrust actions

  • U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Offer of Judgment For Complete Relief Does Not Moot Claim, Jenner & Block Spotlight Litigation Newsletter (hereinafter “Spotlight”) (Jan. 2016)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies That a Defendant’s Notice of Removal Does Not Require Evidentiary Submission in Support of Amount in Controversy, Spotlight (Dec. 2014)
  • Comments on the 2013 Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Feb. 2014)
  • Co-author, United States Supreme Court Protects Contractual Forum-Selection Clauses, Spotlight (Jan. 2014)
  • Tortoise or Hare?  Federal Rules Struggle to Keep Up with the E-Discovery Landscape, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Business Torts & RICO News (Fall 2013)
  • NCAA asks court to decide First Amendment defense to “right-of-publicity” claims, Spotlight (Nov. 2013)
  • Economic loss doctrine precluded negligent misrepresentation claim, Spotlight (Nov. 2013)
  • Remittitur of damages award from bench trial ordered, Spotlight (Nov. 2013)
  • No right to access stored communications obtained in WikiLeaks investigation, Spotlight (Mar. 2013)
  • Note, “Fleeting Expletives” Are the Tip of the Iceberg:  Fallout from Exposing the Arbitrary and Capricious Nature of Indecency Regulation, 61 Fed. Comm. L.J. 229 (Dec. 2008)
Education and Training
Expected in 2009 J.D. | Law Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN GPA:
  • Graduated Cum Laude, 3.53 GPA      
  • Dean’s Honors (Top 30%), Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008
  • Brief Writing Honors, Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, 2007
  • CALI Award for Excellence, Remedies & Equity, 2008
  • Senior Notes Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal
  • President, Outreach for Legal Literacy 
Expected in 2003 Bachelor of Arts | Sociology and Government Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME GPA:
Member of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and the Center for Professional Responsibility; Chicago Bar Association; Seventh Circuit Bar Association 
Community Service
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago Team Leader for Lawyers in the Classroom, 8th grade (2009-current)
Additional Information
Drawing/Illustrator Credit(s)
  • Hutchinson, David (Illustrator) and Davies, Ross E., The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: 'The Field Bazaar' (Illustrated) (March 15, 2016). Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 464-470, 2016; George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-10. Available at SSRN:

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  • Bowdoin College
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  • Research Assistant
  • Legal Externship
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  • J.D.
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