Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • H: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Experienced, successful legal counsel, seeking a position as in house counsel, to provide essential legal advice and service to a sole client, utilizing my skills in saving the client money, reducing risk in both civil and employment litigation, and guidance on policies and procedures to ensure the success of the client.


Researching and applying Constitutional, Federal, State, and Local law to a Charter City.

Handling labor and management issues in a civil service system.

Juggling political interests with policy considerations to obtain results favorable to the City, its residents, and its politicians.

Drafting policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations, and City-wide orders ensuring compliance with all levels of law.

Supervision of subordinate employees, including lower level deputy city attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants.

Developed the procedures and practice for the production of hundreds of internal affairs files following the passing of Senate Bill 1421.

Advising police and fire management on employment issues with an emphasis on analysis of the desired result with the additional statutory rights granted police and fire employees.

Work History
Senior Deputy City Attorney, 11/2015 - Current
City Of Huntington Beach, Ca Huntington Beach, CA,
  • Defended the City against tort claims from filing through trial, successfully litigating cases and obtaining judgments in the City's favor, obtaining dismissals without incurring any City expenses, negotiating favorable settlements in cases with liability, all while saving the City and its taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Advised and assisted the City on developing policies and procedures to ensure reduced claims of unfair labor practices and employment and labor lawsuits.
  • Provided legal advice and risk analysis related to employee disciplines, labor negotiations and labor management.
  • Provided supervisor and managerial training on due process and investigations, and assisted the personnel department in developing appropriate training for supervisors and managers to ensure appropriate employer/employee relations, fair treatment, and equitable results.
  • Conducted internal personnel investigations on employee misconduct, from interviews through reports, and testified as a witness regarding the investigation, successfully helping the City win against appeals by rightfully terminated and disciplined employees.
  • Represented City Council members in sexual harassment and hostile work environment investigations, garnering their confidence in my legal skills and negotiating the political atmosphere in a way that ensured all Council members felt comfortable relying on my legal advice and skills.
Associate Attorney, 08/2009 - 11/2015
Cfcu Cortland, NY,
  • Successfully defended insurance companies and their insureds in tort litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, property loss, and wrongful death claims, resulting in financial savings to the insurer and limited personal liability of the insured.
  • Developed strategies to resolve cases in the client's best interest including in preparing complaints and during mediation, drafting summary judgment motions and preparing cases for trial.
  • Obtained judgments in favor of clients who successfully sought insurance benefits which were wrongfully denied in insurance bad faith cases.
  • Handled thousands of depositions, representing and defending clients, preparing witnesses and experts for trial.
  • Represented corporate clients in federal and state cases, defending financial and employment claims.
  • Successfully defended hotels and farming companies in wage and hour litigation, including class action cases alleging violation of Department of Labor Wage Orders and FLSA, resulting in minimal settlements and penalties.
  • Handled a large case load, including balancing cases through various stages of civil litigation.
Associate Attorney, 08/2008 - 08/2009
Cfcu Waterloo, NY,
  • Prepared wills, trusts, and estate plans for clients seeking financial protection for their assets and appropriate distribution based on their desired beneficiaries.
  • Protected clients' beneficiaries from excessive tax liability following inheritance.
  • Represented clients during probate proceedings, successfully handling the myriad emotions involved in family disputes.
  • Attended training and workshops on wills, trusts, and estate planning to improve my skill set and understanding of the intricacies of the law
Certified Law Clerk, 01/2007 - 08/2008
Wild, Carter, & Tipton City, STATE,
  • Under guidance from my assigned partner, successfully represented clients in federal court related to white collar crime.
  • Prepared pleadings, mediation briefs, motions, discovery, and reviewed discovery and relevant documents to assist the attorney from the intake stage through trial.
  • Researched laws, court decisions and other documents relevant to cases to prepare appropriate motions and briefs.
  • Maintained files.
  • Conducted research for upcoming cases for firm's named partners and associates.
J.D.: Law, Expected in 05/2008
San Joaquin College of Law - Clovis, CA,
Bachelor of Arts: English, Expected in 03/2004
University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA,

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  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

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