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  • Education
    • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004, cum laude; Dean's List; Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, Senior Editor
    • B.A., Truman State University, 2001, History, summa cum laude; Dean's List; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Colorado, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2006
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
Representing brands, distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers, Jess advises on domestic and international dispute resolution, regulatory franchise matters, and structuring of distribution networks. In addition, he focuses on litigating franchise, intellectual property, consumer protection, and other complex litigation matters. He provides risk assessments of franchise and supply chain issues in merger and sales transactions.
 
A former assistant attorney general, Jess understands both sides of litigation. He frequently litigates cases in state and federal court, and in domestic and international arbitration, involving: 
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Commercial contracts 
  • Business torts
  • Trademark and trade dress infringement 
  • Trade secret protection 
  • Franchise sales and relationship matters
Jess regularly presents and writes on franchise issues and is also involved in a variety of pro bono matters.
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Enforcing System Standards - A Franchisor's Prerogative?
Speaker, 2018 ABA Forum on Franchising
October 11-12, 2018
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Anti-Poaching Provisions Under Fire in Franchise Agreements
Author, Franchise Update Sales Report 
September 3, 2018
eAlerts Alerts
July 2018
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"Judicial Update," International Franchise Association
Co-Presenter and Co-Author, International Franchise Association, 51st Annual Legal Symposium
May 2018
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Turning an Occasional Blind Eye: Selective Enforcement of Franchisee Post-Term Non-Compete Covenants
Co-Author, 37 Franchise L.J. 245
Fall 2017
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NASAA Requests Comments on Proposed Franchise Financial Performance Representations Commentary
Author, Franchising Newsletter of the International Law Office
November 15, 2016
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California’s Evolving Franchising Laws
Author
May 17, 2016
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A Walk On the Wide Side: When Franchisor and Franchisee are on the Same Side of the “V”
Co- Author and Co-Presenter, International Franchise Association, 49th Annual Legal Symposium
May 2016
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States Come Out Swinging Against New Joint-Employer Test
Author, Law360
September 22, 2015
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Texas Bill Protects Franchisors From Joint Employment Liability
Author, Franchising Newsletter of the International Law Office
August 18, 2015