Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,


A results-oriented litigator and problem solver, who uses her first- and second-chair jury trial experience, and skill at developing and directing successful litigation strategy to inspire client confidence.

  • Employment counseling and litigation
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Trial and administrative agency hearing experience
  • Litigation strategy development
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Professional and personable
  • Strong leader
  • Successfully defended corporate client during OSHA and Department of Labor Investigations.
  • Conducted company-wide compensation scheme restructuring for corporate client in accordance with requirements of Fair Labor Standards Act and Minimum Wage Act.
  • Secured reduction of student's sanctions for alleged Title IX and student handbook violations from recommendation of dismissal to two semester academic probation.
  • Served as first-chair trial counsel in four day, out-of-county, premises liability jury trial that tried to verdict.
  • Acted as trial counsel in injunction hearing requiring reversal of expulsion and conferral of student degree.
  • Appeared as trial counsel for two week breach of contract trial resulting in over three-quarter million dollar settlement.
  • Served as first-chair counsel in Civil Service Commission hearing at state correctional institution resulting in reinstatement of corrections officer with full back-pay and seniority.
  • Negotiated quarter-million dollar settlement for twenty-six employees of educational institution.
  • Trial counsel defending general contractor against breach of contract claim by subcontractor.
  • Defeated summary judgment motion filed by general contractor resulting in wrongful death and survival claim settlement of nearly quarter-million dollar settlement.
  • Negotiated $1.18 million settlement for client in premises liability action.
  • Defeated Motion for Summary Judgment in federal "perceived as" ADA lawsuit.
  • Defeated Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Protective Order regarding deposition of CEO of multi-billion dollar, international, corporation in breach of compensation contract claim.
  • Advised school district administrators on early retirement incentive benefit package and requirements of Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act.
2013 to 05/2015 Litigation Associate Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell And Berkowitz, Pc | Orlando, FL,
  • Practiced in employment counseling and litigation, complex construction litigation, personal injury and premise liability, products liability and toxic tort.
  • Responsible for developing litigation strategy and budget, pleadings, motions, discovery, and reporting directly to clients.
  • Planned and oversaw electronic discovery efforts in complex construction litigation matters.
  • Supervised paralegals and assistants.
  • Represented clients regarding discipline, compensation, restrictive covenants, discrimination, and requests for leave and accommodation.
  • Advised students during internal disciplinary proceedings.
  • Developed employee handbooks and negotiated, analyzed and drafted employment and construction contracts.
  • Represented owners in complex construction litigation claims of design errors/omissions, delay, and defective workmanship.
  • Defended toxic tort claims.
2010 to 08/2013 Litigation Associate Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell And Berkowitz, Pc | Tallahassee, FL,
  • Practiced in employment counseling and litigation, personal injury, commercial and construction Litigation, and insurance subrogation.
  • Represented employees in claims employment discrimination claims involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and related harassment and retaliation matters.
  • Counseled employer and negotiated with Department of Labor during Wage and Hour investigation.
  • Experience as lead and second-chair trial counsel on employment and personal injury cases and injunctions.
  • Handled jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations hearings and motions 12 different counties.
  • Served as lead attorney for fact and expert discovery in state and federal personal injury, employment and breach of contract litigation.
  • Drafted, argued and defeated many discovery and dispositive motions in federal and state court.
2010 to 04/2010 Attorney Sheena Law | Southfield, MI,
  • General Litigation and Construction Law.
04/2006 to 11/2009 Litigation Associate & Law Clerk STEELE SCHNEIDER (formerly, Steele Law Office) | City, STATE,
  • Drafted pleadings, discovery requests, dispositive motions and motions in limine.
  • Independently counseled clients and interviewed witnesses during initial stages of litigation.
  • Conducted legal research and argued against dispositive motions.
  • Assisted in dismissal hearing of President of teachers' union in northeastern PA school district.
Expected in 2008 J.D. | Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA GPA: cum laude Louis L. Manderino Honor Society and Women's Law Association
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Member of Mock Trial Team and competed in the American Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association/Labor and Employment Division, and Allegheny County Trial Lawyers Gourley Competitions
  • Louis L. Manderino Honor Society
  • Women's Law Association
Expected in 2005 B.A | Public Policy Analysis Saint Vincent College, Latrobe , PA GPA: cum laude
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Emphasis in Political Science, Economics, Public Administration
  • Honored for Academic Excellent in Public Policy Analysis
  • George Washington Fellow
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Phi Sigma Alpha National Political Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Omega International Service Organization

Pennsylvania Supreme Court ~ U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania ~ Third Circuit Court of Appeals ~ Allegheny County Bar Association ~ Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ~ American Association for Justice ~ Duquesne University School of Law "Bar Buddy" Mentor Program ~ Elizabeth Township Historical Society ~ Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, Speaker and CLE Instructor

Academic, ADA, Alpha, attorney, budget, contracts, Counseling, client, clients, Economics, Insurance, Law, legal research, Litigation, Policy Analysis, reporting, Sigma, strategy, employee handbooks

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