Jessica Nelson’s practice focuses on employment and employee benefits law, including both advice work and litigation. She represents employers and fiduciaries in a wide array of complex matters with an emphasis on defending against discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Jessica is experienced with a broad range of civil litigation, with a focus on ERISA litigation and employment defense. She defends employers, benefit plans, third-party administrators, fiduciaries, and individuals in both single-plaintiff lawsuits and class actions. She has appeared before state and federal district and appellate courts, the American Arbitration Association, and various state and federal agencies including the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and state and local fair employment practices agencies. She has also first-chaired jury trials as a visiting attorney with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office.
Jessica also counsels her clients on various aspects of employment law, including risk management, employee discipline and terminations, noncompetition agreements, regulatory compliance, wage-and-hour issues, medical leaves, disability accommodations, and anti-discrimination laws..
Jessica also works with benefit plan administrators, boards of trustees, plan sponsors, plan committees, third party administrators, and other fiduciaries by providing advice on compliance with ERISA and other federal and state laws governing retirement plans and health and welfare plans. She has experience with both single and multi-employer plans.
Prior to joining the firm, Jessica practiced in the litigation department at one of the largest law firms in Minnesota and also spent two years as a law clerk in the chambers of the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She dedicates a portion of her practice to pro bono work and is active in volunteer work.