Jessica Wilcox advises and represents private and public sector employers in a wide array of employment and labor law matters. She has represented employers in defense of claims for discrimination and harassment in the workplace, protected leave and disability, wage and hour, trade secret violation, and actions based on breach of contract, such as non-competition agreement defense and enforcement. Jessica’s labor experience centers on advising and arbitrating on behalf of both public and private sector clients.
Jessica takes a hands-on approach, equipping her clients with sound advice to prevent labor and employment disputes on the front-end, and providing effective advocacy in the event of litigation, arbitration or workplace investigations. Jessica’s practice spans both labor and employment law, giving Jessica insight into how the two fields inform each other. This perspective has served her clients in a wide variety of industries, from small local companies to national entities with operations in Oregon.
Jessica has represented public and private employers in all stages of employment litigation, including advice and compliance, administrative complaints, and trial as well as appeal. As a former BOLI investigator, she understands the administrative process and can effectively maneuver through it. Her labor practice encompasses the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, contract administration, arbitration, and representation before state and federal agencies. Jessica also works closely with employers to ensure compliance with changes in the law, including drafting and revising their employee handbooks and providing customized trainings. Jessica’s clients value her solution-oriented approach to achieving their unique business goals.
An Oregon native, Jessica attended law school at Willamette Law and has worked for the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Oregon School Boards Association, as well as prominent Portland firms. Jessica is the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel New Lawyers Vice Chair, is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers, and has mentored numerous law students.
- Oregon State Legislature Makes Sweeping Changes for Public Sector Unionized Employers - Bullard Alert, June 2019
- "The Janus Case and House Bill 2016 - Now What?" - League of Oregon Cities Annual Conference, September 2019
- Practice Across the Columbia - Traps for the Unwary - 2019 OADC Annual Convention, June 2019