Jessica Linehan

Jessica Linehan




Jessica is a Partner in the Labor and Employment group. She advises clients on a wide variety of matters including employment agreements, non-competition issues, wage and hour compliance, reasonable accommodation under state law and the ADA, and employee discipline and termination.

In addition, Jessica represents employers in a wide range of administrative enforcement actions. She has defended employers in OFCCP, EDD and I-9 audits and enforcement proceedings, Cal-OSHA enforcement actions, workers’ compensation trials, charges before the EEOC, DFEH and NLRB, and wage claims before the California Labor Commissioner.

Jessica’s language skills allow her to conduct workplace investigations, interviews and trainings in both Spanish and English. She is actively involved in Dorsey's pro bono efforts and is a recipient of the 2007 and 2010 Scales of Justice Awards.

Education & Admissions

University of Southern California (B.A., Political Science and Spanish, 1999), magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D., 2002), Hale Moot Court Honors Program


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Spanish

News & Resources


3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul, Law 360
California Governor Signs Spate of #MeToo Era Bills Into Law
Which Provisions of California’s So-Called ‘Sanctuary State’ Legislation Affecting Employers are Currently in Effect?
California High Court Confirms Written Authorization Required For Most Employer Background Checks
California High Court Rejects De Minimis Standard, Requiring Employers to Account for and Compensate Even Small Increments of Time After Clocking Out
In a Common Sense Decision, Appellate Court Clarifies Deadline for Employers to Issue Wage Statements under Labor Code Section 226
When a Disclosure Form Must “Stand Alone”: Recent Cases Hold Companies Liable for Including Too Much on FCRA Disclosures
Taking the Stress Out of Employee Claims of Disability Caused by the Stress of Working for a Particular Supervisor, Orange County Business Journal
10-K Conundrum: How SEC Filings Breed Employment Claims, Law 360
10-K Conundrum: 7th Circuit Holds Corporate Filings Can Lead To Employment Claims
Are You Sick of New Employment Laws? California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law
Kent Schmidt, Jessica Linehan, “Recognizing Employee Privacy Issues in the Workplace”.
Class Arbitrations: “Good, Bad or Ugly”
No Password for You: California Enacts Social Media Privacy Laws Affecting Employers and Postsecondary Educational Institutions
California Enacts New Penalties for Misclassifying Independent Contractors
California Legislation Provides the Option For Shorter, Less Expensive Jury Trials
California Supreme Court Holds Forfeiture of Unvested Stock--Even When Elected In Lieu Of Compensation--Does Not Violate The California Labor Code
Considering Layoffs? Consider This, Nonprofit Matters
"The FLSA in the Virtual Office: How Employers Can Ensure They Have Fully Compensated Their Non-exempt Employees in the Age of the Blackberry." Corporate Counsel Review
Immediate Compliance With California's Updated Sexual Harassment Training Laws
California's Expanding Sexual Harassment Law Forces Demand for Training
Dorsey offers Sexual Harassment Training In Light Of California Supreme Court’s Scope of Sexual Harassment

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Dorsey Partner Jessica Linehan Responds to Pao Verdict
Dorsey Represents Tekmira Pharmaceuticals on OnCore Biopharma Merger Agreement
Dorsey Partner Jessica Linehan Comments on Senator Dunn Firing
Super Lawyers Recognizes Three Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Law360 Names Attorneys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1
Dorsey & Whitney Names New Partners
Super Lawyers Recognizes 4 Dorsey Lawyers in Costa Mesa

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, La Jolla, CA (January 30, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Burbank, CA (January 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Riverside, CA (January 16, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Anaheim, CA (January 10, 2019)
  • Speaker, Watch It: Monitoring Employee Internet and E-mail Usage, Nexus Journal of Law and Policy Symposium (October 2013)
  • Speaker, Interviewing with Care, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Speaker, 2011 Updates & Best Practices for Managing Employee Medical Leaves, Professionals in Human Resources Association (2012)
  • Speaker, Expedited Jury Trials, Lorman (2011)
  • Speaker, Employees, Social Media and the Law, Public Law Center (2010)
  • Trainer, Spanish-language Sexual Harassment Training (2010)
  • Speaker, Realities of Defending an Employment Lawsuit and the Crucial Role of the Employer, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2009) 
  • Speaker, Golden State in the Apple Orchard: California Law for Non-California HR Professionals, Washington State Council, 2009 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
  • Speaker, Troublemakers in the Workplace, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2008)
  • Speaker, 2007 Employment Law Update, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2007)
  • Speaker, Top Ten Reasons High-Tech Companies Will Be Sued in 2006, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2006)
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in CA Law, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2006)
  • Trainer, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, 2005 to present

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Labor & Employment


  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
Jessica Linehan