Jessica Nelson is co-chair of the firm’s litigation section. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and dispute resolution, including ERISA class actions, antitrust lawsuits, FLSA collective actions, employment claims, commercial disputes, and residential mortgage-backed securities litigation. She also frequently serves as local counsel, partnering with national law firms to represent clients in cases venued in Minnesota state and federal courts.
Jessica also has experience in employment and employee benefits law, including both advice work and litigation. She represents employers and fiduciaries in a wide array of matters with an emphasis on defending against discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims. She defends employers, benefit plans, third-party administrators, fiduciaries, and individuals in both single-plaintiff lawsuits and class actions.
Jessica 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 and arbitrations.
In addition to litigation, Jessica is a trusted advisor to her clients, providing counsel 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.
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.