Jessica M. Leano
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Jessica M. Leano

Associate
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 an associate in Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Southern California office, focusing on complex commercial disputes.

Jessica’s cases span Dorsey’s practice groups and disputes at the trial and appellate court level. Her notable matters include defending companies from consumer class actions in the California state and federal courts, advising clients on data privacy, and representing clients in international arbitrations. Jessica has also worked on a variety of pro bono matters, including amicus briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court and asylum proceedings in 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 civil appellate litigation. She then clerked for a federal magistrate judge. Before joining Dorsey, Jessica worked for an international law firm, representing clients in employment and business 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 Northern 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 - June 21, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - June 20, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - June 17, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - June 14, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - June 10, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - June 6, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - May 30, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - May 28, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - May 23, 2024
A Cautionary Tale of Contempt Proceedings for Potential Violation of a Standard Protective Order in Trade Secrets Litigation
The Supreme Court Update - May 16, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - May 9, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - April 29, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - April 22, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - April 17, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - April 12, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - March 20, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - March 15, 2024
The Supreme Court Update - February 29, 2024
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

News & Press Mentions

The Tidal Wave of Website Privacy Class Actions and Mass Arbitration Claims
Amicus Brief Prepared by Dorsey & Whitney Team Highlighted During SCOTUS Argument

Podcasts

The Tidal Wave of Website Privacy Class Actions and Mass Arbitration Claims

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, Orange County Bar 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