Overview

Jessica L. Marinelli advises and represents employers in a wide variety of matters in all areas of labor and employment law, including:

  • Advice and counseling on issues related to disability accommodation, workplace investigations, compliance training, hiring, performance management, discipline and separation of employment
  • Discrimination and harassment claims under federal and California state law (including administrative agency charges), consisting of claims based on race, national origin, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation and disability, and related in-house compliance training for supervisors and managers
  • Employment documents for the full lifecycle of the employment relationship, such as onboarding documents, employment policy documents, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, separation agreements and reduction in force documents
  • California state wage and hour issues, pertaining to claims involving minimum wage obligations, overtime wage compensation obligations, meal and rest break issues, reporting time pay and waiting time penalties

Jessica collaborates with clients to understand their goals and thinks strategically, practically and holistically to realize those goals. She counsels employers on the development, implementation, and application of employment policies on a full range of employment issues, and crafts real-world solutions to workplace issues before they become litigation matters. However, when litigation does occur, she represents clients in administrative complaint proceedings, arbitration, mediation and in court. She also notoriously builds strong relationships with her witnesses, opposing counsel and pro se plaintiffs, which enables her to negotiate early, low-value settlements. She often works with clients in the healthcare, hospitality, retail, and food and beverage industries, but she has experience in a wide array of industries.

An endearing and effective public speaker, Jessica also regularly presents in-house training sessions to managers and employees. 

Jessica has experience serving as in-house counsel, which gives her unique insight into clients’ goals and the many interests they must often balance. 

Prior to joining Littler, Jessica was a legal fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and she was a judicial extern for the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles. In law school, Jessica served as a senior editor of the Washington University Law Review, and was a finalist in the client counselling and negotiation competitions.

Recognition

Dean's List

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Books & Book Chapters

  • The National Employer, Littler Mendelson and LexisNexis, Collective Bargaining, Chapter 32, Chapter Editor, 2011

Speaking Engagements

Maintaining a Respectful Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Understanding and Preventing Abusive Conduct, Sexual and Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Client Training Session, Broomfield, CO

February 4, 2020

Joint Representation Jitters: Ethical Concerns for In-House and Outside Counsel in Representing Multiple Clients

13th Annual Colorado ACC Ethics Day, Denver, CO

December 4, 2019

#NotYouToo: Conducting Investigation Interviews in the Aftermath of #MeToo

Client Workshop, Amelia Island, FL

November 5, 2019

"Can We Fire ’Em?” Making Compliance Part of the Journey, Not the Destination

DisruptHR, Denver CO

October 30, 2019

Understanding FMLA, ADA, and the Accommodation Process

Client Training Session, Oakland, CA

October 24, 2018

Advanced Investigation Workshop: Parts 1 and 2

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

Understanding Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodations

Client training session/Webinar

June 24, 2019

Making Sure Your Cross-Border Internal Investigations Don’t Get Lost In Translation

Client training session, Boulder, CO

June 11, 2019

Maintaining a Respectful Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Understanding and Preventing Abusive Conduct, Sexual and Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Client Training Session, Englewood CO

June 6, 2019

#NotYouToo: Conducting Investigation Interviews in the Aftermath of #MeToo

Client Training Sessions, California

April 24 and 26, 2019

Conducting Legal Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

Denver, CO

April 18, 2019

Internal Investigations, Burning Questions and Lessons Learned

Client Training Session, San Ramon, CA

April 11, 2019

What Every Employee Should Know About a Workplace Free of Harassment and Retaliation

Client Training Sessions, San Francisco, CA

November 2016

A Supervisor’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing and Correcting Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Client Training Sessions, San Francisco, CA

March - November 2016

What Every Employee Should Know About a Workplace Free of Harassment, Retaliation and Racial Insensitivity

Client Training Sessions, San Francisco, CA

September 20, 2016

A California Supervisor’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing and Correcting Abusive Conduct, Sexual and Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Client Training Sessions, San Francisco, CA

2014, 2016

How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation

Client Training Sessions, San Ramon, CA

April 9, 2015

Legal Specialties: Labor and Employment Law

1L Professional Conference - Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

January 8-9, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2007With Honors and Distinction

Bar Admission

California
Wisconsin
Colorado

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California