Jessica M. Leano
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Jessica M. Leano

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leano.jessica@dorsey.com

Overview

JESSICA GUIDES CLIENTS THROUGH ALL STAGES OF A DISPUTE, BRINGING A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO LITIGATION.

Jessica is a litigation associate in Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Southern California office, focusing on complex commercial disputes and employment matters.

Though her practice focuses on commercial litigation, Jessica’s cases span Dorsey’s practice groups and disputes at the trial and appellate court level. Her notable matters include representing an institutional client in appeals from lease disputes in the California Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit, defending clients against food and beverage mislabeling claims, international arbitration proceedings, and representing pro bono clients in removal proceedings before the United States Immigration Courts.

After graduating from law school, Jessica completed an Appellate Fellowship at the largest law firm in the nation specializing exclusively in appellate litigation. Following a federal clerkship, Jessica began her practice with the Los Angeles office of an international law firm, representing and advising clients in a variety of matters, including employment disputes and class and complex actions.

 

Education & Admissions

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law (J.D., Certificates in Dispute Resolution, Entertainment, Media, & Sports Law, and Entrepreneurship & the Law, 2018),

  • magna cum laude
  • order of the coif
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for highest course grades in seven courses
  • Pepperdine Law Review, Lead Articles Editor

Elon University (B.A., Journalism, minor in German Studies, 2014), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2019-2021

News & Resources

Articles

The Supreme Court Update - February 8, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - January 22, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - January 18, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - January 8, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - December 21, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - December 13, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - December 11, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - December 5, 2023
Court Upholds “Monster” $293 Million Award But Declines to Award Monster Energy Company Exemplary Damages for Energy Drink Competitor’s Trade Secret Violations
The Supreme Court Update - November 13, 2023
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) - October 16 - October 20, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - November 6, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - October 16, 2023
The Supreme Court Update - September 29, 2023
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) - June 15 - July 14, 2023
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – January 30 - February 3, 2023
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – November 14-18, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – October 17-21, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeals) - September 6 - 9, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeals) - August 29 - September 2, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – August 21-26, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – August 15-19, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – August 12, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – August 5, 2022
The California Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) – August 2, 2022

News & Press Mentions

Amicus Brief Prepared by Dorsey & Whitney Team Highlighted During SCOTUS Argument

Events & Speaking Engagements

Webinar Playback: Bank Counsel Roundtable: Banks at the U.S. Supreme Court

Legal Writings

  • The Disappearing “Ink” Signature, ASS’N BUS. TRIAL LAWYERS REP. (2020; co-author)
  • “Want Ads” and Limos: What’s the Next Variation on the “Golden Rule” Argument? VERDICT MAGAZINE (Volume III, 2019)
  • The Agenda-Setting Power of Saturday Night Live, 5 ELON J. UNDERGRADUATE RES. COMMUNICATIONS 81 (2014)

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Preceptor, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Accolades

   Pro Bono 100 Hours 2022

  • Contributed more than 100+ Challenge pro bono hours, 2022
Jessica M. Leano