Jessica M. Leano

Jessica M. Leano



Jessica guides clients through all stages of a dispute, bringing a unique perspective to litigation based on her diverse legal experiences and service in the judiciary.

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

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 class and complex actions.

After graduating from law school, Jessica completed an Appellate Fellowship at the largest law firm in the nation specializing exclusively in appellate litigation.

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 Wills & Trusts
  • Intellectual Property Survey
  • Entertainment Law
  • Arbitration Practice & Advocacy
  • Entertainment Industry Disputes
  • California Civil Procedure, and Copyright Law
  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • Lead Articles Editor

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


  • California
  • 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


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

News & Resources

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, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Philippine American Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic-Legal Voices
Jessica M. Leano