Jessi seeks to help companies thrive by helping them plan for, and respond to, issues involving their workforce. She has advised companies on wage and hour issues, FMLA/ADA compliance, Title VII and other discrimination claims, non-competition and other agreements, and social media usage policies. She conducts employment policy reviews and training on workplace inclusivity.

Most recently, she has devoted much of her time to counseling clients on appropriate responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic, including new federal paid leave laws and staffing adjustments made necessary by stay-home orders.

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Jessi represents employers in all levels of state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She has litigated wage and hour disputes, claims for violations of major employment laws like Title VII and the ADA, and challenges to independent contractor classification. She also counsels clients through contentious pre-litigation disputes.

Recent representative experience includes:

  • Federal collective action alleging misclassification of independent contractors and corresponding violations of wage and hour laws.
  • Defending charges of discrimination and ADA non-compliance before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Negotiating exit package for company executive to ensure company stability in the midst of leadership dispute.
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Jessi brings her impressive experience with the North Carolina Business Court to bear for her clients, developing thorough and assertive litigation strategies to handle a wide range of business disputes, including contracts, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, and trade secrets, among other issues.

Recent representative experience includes:

  • North Carolina Business Court case involving a family business dispute and dissolution of a company.
  • North Carolina Business Court case involving breach of contract claims under the Uniform Commercial Code. This case provided clarity for practitioners on how the UCC is applied to the sale of goods in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Business Court case involving a dispute over the valuation of stock shares in a publicly traded company.
  • Matter pending before the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings regarding contracts awarded by the State of North Carolina as part of the planned privatization of North Carolina’s Medicaid program.
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Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite(link is external)" in Employment Law (2021)

Member, Board of Directors, Diabetes Family Connection (2019-present)

Member, North Carolina Bar Association (2013–present)

Board Member, Arts Access (2017-2019)

Member, NCBA Young Lawyers Division (2015–present)

Member, Wake County Bar Association (2013–present)

Member, 10th Judicial District (2013–present)

Panelist, "Working in a Pandemic: Employment Law & Qui Tam Claims," Campbell Law Review Symposium, “Pandemic Pandemonium: Hindsight Really is 2020,” March 18, 2021

Co-presenter (with Beth Langley), "Maintaining Business Operations Under COVID-19 and Ongoing Workplace Regulations," Nov. 17, 2020

Author, "'Skirting' Trouble When the Law is Anything but 'Uniform': Creating and Enforcing a Dress Code in a Changing Legal Landscape," Business North Carolina Law Journal, October 2020

Co-presenter (with Beth Langley), "Maintaining Business Operations Under COVID-19 and Ongoing Workplace Regulations," Recycling Association of North Carolina, Aug. 26, 2020

Co-author (with Charles Baldwin), "You’ve Reopened Your Business After COVID-19. Now What?" June 17, 2020

Co-presenter (with Natalie Sanders), "Returning Employees to Work in a COVID-19 World," UBS Financial Services’ 30 at 3 phone call series, June 2020

Co-author (with Charles Baldwin), "Preparing Your Business for a Post-COVID-19 World," May 8, 2020

Co-presenter, "Minding Others' Business: Navigating Gossip, Defamation, and Employee Use of Social Media," Association of Corporate Counsel meeting, November 2019, Geneva Group International Southeast Chapter Continuing Legal Education Webinar, April 2020

Author, "Best Practices for ADA Compliance,", October 29, 2019

Author, "Inclement Weather Checklist for Employers," The TJB American Business Magazine, March 2019

Co-presenter, "Entrepreneur 101: A Legal & Financial Toolbox for Women Starting a Business," Cary, NC, February 2018

Co-presenter (with Bill Cary), "Workplace Sexual Harassment: Still Alive & Kicking," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2018

My approach to the practice of law is very similar to my approach to life: I believe the right combination of planning and flexibility can solve most problems. 

I attribute this in large part to my experiences as the oldest of five children.  If you’ve ever taken a group of five children anywhere, you know that the right supplies and attitude can go a long way. In my experience, the same applies to business management: communicating expectations and contingency planning are essential, as is the ability to adapt and think creatively when things don’t go as planned.

Outside of work, I love exploring local parks with my family and reading everything from novels to advice columns. I have also lived for more than twenty-five years with Type I Diabetes. I serve on the board for The Diabetes Family Connection, an organization with the mission to positively transform life with diabetes through the power of community.  I am proud to be an ambassador for the Type I Diabetes community and believe that visibility is key to showing what is possible. 

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