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Jessica M. Iglesias

Associate - los angeles

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Standing atop of the Andes Mountains in Peru, looking over the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Jessica marveled at the city’s sophisticated dry-stone walls and panoramic views, and became overwhelmed with curiosity, appreciation, and pride in reaching the peak.  Jessica developed this sense of adventure during her third year as an undergrad at UCLA, when she decided to study abroad in Madrid and expand her horizons.  Her experiences during that year while traveling throughout Spain and exploring Paris, Dublin, Prague and even the Canary Islands, taught her to be independent, resourceful, and inquisitive of other cultures. 

Jessica became an advocate at an early age. As the eldest child of immigrant parents, she learned to process information, help her family understand documents, and problem solve.  Her upbringing coupled with her inquisitive nature prepared Jessica for the practice of law.  For Jessica, traveling can be very similar to practicing law: every case provides a specific journey with obstacles to overcome.  Overcoming challenges creatively and with appreciation for the journey are essential to both.    

Jessica looks forward to visiting Madrid in the near future.  In the meantime, she enjoys weekend getaways.

Experience

Legal Expertise

Jessica represents employers in single-plaintiff employment disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and related theories. She advises management on personnel and wage-related issues, and conducts employment discrimination training and workplace investigations. 

Representative Matters

  • Conducted plaintiff and key witness depositions and defended the depositions of an individual harassment defendant, human resources professionals, and management.
  • Prepared and filed motions for summary judgment in state and federal court, and prepared and argued discovery and reclassification motions. 
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order requiring plaintiffs to return documents stolen from the workplace and successfully moved for sanctions.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • National Employment Law Council Fellow ‘13-‘15
  • LACBA – Labor and Employment Section
  • California Minority Counsel Program, Member
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Member

Other Career Experience

  • Prior to joining MSK, Ms. Iglesias was an employment litigation associate at Sanchez & Amador, LLP in Los Angeles, California.
  • Ms. Iglesias received her law degree from UCLA School of Law in 2011. During law school, she volunteered as a Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She performed summer clerkships with Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.  After graduating from law school, Ms. Iglesias served for five months as a volunteer attorney in the Employment Litigation Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where she assisted in the defense of the city in employment actions brought by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • Ms. Iglesias graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005, with a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology.  As an undergraduate, she studied one year abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and is fluent in spoken and written Spanish.  She also worked for two years as a student researcher for the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the UCLA School of Medicine, where she managed a community clinic documentary project, conducting extensive interviews of community clinic directors throughout California. 

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Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of California
  •    Eastern District of California
  •    Southern District of California

Education

University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2011

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2005; cum laude

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