Jessica Riggin


Location: San Francisco, California Phone: 415-­421-1800 ext. 211 Fax: 415-421-1700 Email: Email Me

Jessica Riggin is a partner at Rukin Hyland.  Jessica litigates individual and class action cases on behalf of employees, including claims for violations of wage and hour and overtime laws, sexual harassment claims, whistleblower and retaliation claims, and discrimination and equal pay claims. Jessica also advises executives and professionals in pre-litigation matters (for example, non-competes agreements, severance agreements, and review of employment agreements).

Jessica is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar and a member of the Membership Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She has been the co-author of the Plaintiffs’ Litigation Chapter of the California Wage and Hour Law Treatise published by the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) since 2014 and was named a Rising Star in 2016 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Prior to joining Rukin Hyland, Jessica clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter of the Central District of California.  Jessica is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the ACLU – Women’s Rights Project, and she earned her A.B. at Boston College.



Representative Cases and Experience

  • Argued successful motion for collective certification of Fair Labor Standards Act overtime claims on behalf of claims adjusters against in a case against one of the country’s largest insurance companies
  • Argued successful motion for discovery sanctions in Marin Superior Court and successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal for ruling to be upheld
  • Represented plaintiffs in sexual harassment and retaliation case, resulting in successful settlement the day before jury trial scheduled to begin
  • Co-drafted successful opposition to summary judgment motion against nationwide retailer in suitable seating case in federal court
  • Co-drafted successful opposition to motion to compel arbitration and appellate brief upholding trial court’s ruling on appeal
  • Represented class of loan underwriters, resulting in up to $6 million settlement


  • Unfair Competition Law, California Litigation Review (2016)
  • California Takes Strides to Close Pay Gap, Queen’s Bench Bar Association Newsletter (Fall 2016)
  • CEB California Wage and Hour Law Treatise – Plaintiffs’ Litigation Chapter, (2014-2016)
  • “Tech Companies Should Heed Uber,Daily Journal (September 8, 2015)
  • The Potential Impact of CEDAW Ratification on U.S. Employment Discrimination Law: Lessons from Canada, 42 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 541 (2011)

Professional Activities

  • California State Bar
    • Litigation Section Executive Committee
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Membership Committee
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Discovery Truths: Alternative Fact-Checking and Other Winning Strategies, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) Advanced Wage and Hour Conference (May 12, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Closing the Gender Wage Gap? What You Should Know About California’s Fair Pay Act,” sponsored by Iranian American Bar Association Northern California Chapter and Queens Bench (September 14, 2016)
  • Speaker, Know Your Rights Panel: Women in the Workplace, sponsored by nonprofit group Girls in Tech (March 8, 2016)
  • Moderator, Wage and Hour Update: The Year in Review, State Bar Advanced Wage and Hour Conference (July 31, 2014)


  • 2016 Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers magazine

Bar Admissions

  • California (2011)


  • Columbia Law School (J.D. 2011)
    • Hamilton Fellowship
    • James Kent Scholar 2010-2011, 2009-2011
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 2008-2009
  • Boston College (A.B. 2008)
    • Summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

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