Jessica is a detail-oriented lawyer who works hard to find creative and practical solutions to her clients’ labour and employment issues. She advises and represents employers in both the private and public sector on various workplace issues. In particular, she focuses on labour grievances, human rights issues, discrimination and accommodation complaints, employment standards complaints, and workplace investigations. She has appeared before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the BC Employment Standards Branch, and the BC Labour Relations Board, in addition to appearing before labour arbitrators on various files.

Jessica has over a decade of experience working with clients of all sizes. Although she represents employers in a wide variety of sectors and industries, Jessica has particular expertise working in the K-12 education, film and television, and insurance sectors. Before moving to Vancouver and joining Harris, Jessica practised at a large international firm in their San Francisco office. As a result of her background, Jessica is also able to provide unique legal insight for U.S.-based companies with Canadian employees, or who are looking to expand their businesses and hire staff in British Columbia.

Jessica is also a member of the Harris COVID-19 Response team, and as part of that team has worked diligently to keep clients informed of legislative and public health changes pertaining to COVID-19 which impact employers and the workplace. She enjoys the challenge of finding practical solutions to the complex and evolving problems the pandemic has thrown at the employer community.

Recognition

  • Northern California Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2013
  • Awards for Excellence in Labour and Employment Law, American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Inc., 2010

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “The Right to Disconnect: The Darker Side of Flexible Working Arrangements”, (co-presenter), Employment Law Conference 2019, The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, May 2019
  • “Things Employers And Employment Lawyers Don’t Know About Family Law (But Probably Should)”, (panelist), Employment Law Conference 2017, The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, May 2017

Publications

  • 2019: Employment Law CLE, “The Right to Disconnect: The Darker Side of Flexible Working Arrangements”
  • 2017: Employment Law CLE, “Where Family Law and Employment Law Intersect” (co-authored with Leisha Murphy)
  • “Gamification In The Workplace And Its Impact On Employee Privacy”, (co- author), Westlaw Journal Employment (Thomson Reuters), Vol. 28, Issue 6, 2013 at 3

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Vice-Chairperson, Real to Reel: A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society, 2016 – present

Practice Areas

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2016
  • Ontario, 2016
  • State Bar of California, 2010

Education

  • JD (Cum Laude), University of San Francisco, 2010
  • BA (Hons), University of California at Davis, 2005