Jessica Riggin

Associate Attorney

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

Jessica Riggin is an associate at Rukin Hyland.  She advises clients in pre-litigation matters and litigates individual and class action employment law cases in a wide range of practice areas, including wage and hour, sexual harassment, whistleblower, and discrimination cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Jessica clerked for Hon. 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

Publications

  • California Takes Strides to Close Pay Gap, Queen’s Bench Bar Association Newsletter (Fall 2016)
  • Co-author, CEB California Wage and Hour Law Treatise – Plaintiffs’ Litigation Chapter, (2014-2016)
  • Co-author, “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
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Judges’ Reception Planning Committee
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Membership Committee
  • Federal Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • 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)

Awards

  • 2016 Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers magazine

Bar Admissions

  • California (2011)

Education

  • 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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