Jessica J. Thomas - McDermott Will & Emery


Jessica J. Thomas focuses her practice on complex litigation, including healthcare-related cases, product liability litigation and class action lawsuits. She has represented clients in courts at the federal and state levels, as well as in administrative proceedings in a wide range of matters. She has significant experience providing legal counsel to various California hospitals in writ actions, as well as in connection with wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims. In addition, she has represented corporations in class actions, including for labor code violations.

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  • Managing various employment-related matters, including developing case strategies for opposing class certification in a wage and hour action with $80 million of potential exposure
  • Counseling employers on a wide variety of issues, including employee contracts, non-compete clauses, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, compliance with California wage and hour statutes, employee discipline, investigations and workplace harassment prevention
  • Defeating a matter in its entirety prior to class certification in a purported class action alleging various state law statutory violations, with a putative class of more than 10,000 persons

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  • Law & Politics 2007 to 2010, 2013 to 2017, California Rising Star


University of California – Los Angeles School of Law, JD
Westmont College, BA, magna cum laude