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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform
    • B.A., cum laude, University of Washington
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Jessica is a commercial litigator and investigations attorney with Polsinelli, where she is chiefly associated with the firm’s Government Investigations practice group.  Jessica has significant experience defending clients facing government investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as in False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, and Stark litigation.  This experience includes working with clients in both the healthcare and government contracting industries.  In addition, Jessica provides compliance advice to help clients avoid government inquiries.

Jessica has significant complex commercial litigation experience representing corporations, officers, and directors in class actions, securities litigation, and contract disputes, and conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporations.  She has represented government contractors in disputes with federal and state government, and advised government contracting clients on compliance concerns.

Jessica has also provided privacy and social media marketing advice to companies engaged in app-based and online transactions, and provided compliance advice regarding the same.

Previously, Jessica served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jessica led investigations of financial fraud against the federal government in the context of federal healthcare, defense, and other programs.  Jessica also defended the United States against civil claims in multiple contexts.

Jessica has trial experience before state and federal courts, as well as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Represented government contractors in litigation with federal and state government. Provided litigation risk and compliance advice to government contractors on False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act liability, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise status, and contract disputes.
  • Conducted internal investigations in conjunction with in-house counsel, including investigations of possible fraud.
  • Represented oil and gas firm in shareholder class action alleging securities fraud.
  • Represented purchaser and servicer of consumer bankruptcy accounts in a lawsuit involving corporate control, contractual drag-along rights, legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Served as lead associate on several complex class action cases, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act and securities litigation cases. Completed dispositive motion and class certification briefing, and mediation, settlement and claims administration for several multi-million dollar settlements.
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
April 2, 2020
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Health Care Fraud Investigations: Best Practices for Avoiding and Responding to Government Inquiries
Presenter, Health Care Financial Management Association, WA-AK Chapter, 2018 Winter Conference
September 2018
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Incorporating Legal and Compliance Functions Into Operations
Presenter, California Association for Health Services at Home, Home Care Administrator Certificate Program
July 2018
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Ethics Issues in Internal Investigations, Audit and Whistleblower Response for Healthcare Providers
Presenter, Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, 2018 Spring Health Law Conference
Spring 2018
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Witness Preparation: What to Do, What Not to Do and Best Practices
Co-Author, Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter
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The Dangers of Interstate Telemarketing
Co-Author, ChannelParternersOnline.com
October, 2010