Jessica James is an attorney in the Sacramento office and a member of the Employment Law Group. Orrick’s Employment Law Group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Jessica's practice involves employment litigation on a variety of legal issues, including defense of class action and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and wage-and-hour violations. She has experience counseling companies regarding pay equity and compensation analysis, including with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits, as well as independent contractor classification issues.

Jessica's experience also includes business litigation on issues beyond the employment context, relating to white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jessica served for two years as a judicial clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court. As a clerk, Jessica researched and drafted opinions resolving complex civil litigation, including issues of employment, corporate, privacy, and administrative law.

Jessica earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.  While at McGeorge, she also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.