- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2008
- DePauw University, B.A., cum laude, 2005
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Jessica is an associate in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation group. She practices general and complex civil litigation and has represented parties in commercial disputes, class actions, fiduciary, employment, and False Claims Act litigation. Jessica has significant experience with fiduciary disputes, including shareholder derivative actions. She also has experience defending corporations in cases brought under the Federal False Claims Act by the government or whistleblowers. Jessica has represented large corporations and small businesses in both federal and state court.
Her notable experience includes:
- Obtaining judgment in favor of a financial institution on claims of breach of fiduciary duty where damages were estimated at nearly $1 billion
- Obtaining dismissal of minority shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty claims in the context of a closely-held corporation and successfully defending judgment on appeal
- Securing dismissal of class action lawsuits on behalf of retail and government contractor clients
- Successful appeal to the Ohio Court of Appeals on constitutional claims
- Successfully defending government contractors against claims brought under the False Claims Act
Jessica received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She received her B.A. cum laude from DePauw University.
Professional and Community Activities
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
- Cincinnati Bar Association Admissions Committee, Member
- Grow Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio council, Member
- 11/11/2019Whistleblower Defense Alert: Government Uses § 3730 Dismissal Power To Dismiss Seven Year Old FCA CaseThe United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently endorsed a significant expansion to the Government’s ability to dismiss a qui tam relator’s False Claims Act (FCA) case.
- 4/18/2019Whistleblower Defense Alert: District Court Finds Bank Cannot Face FCA Liability Without Evidence of Explicit Claims to Fannie Mae and Freddie MacLast month, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois confronted a bank’s potential liability for false information obtained (and even allegedly encouraged) by bank employees in the processing of consumer loans.
- 4/8/2019Whistleblower Defense Alert: District Court Holds that DOJ Can Still Dismiss Qui Tam Cases After It Declines To Intervene—With No Justification Required for DismissalIn a recent decision, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota held that the Department of Justice (DOJ) can still dismiss a qui tam filed under the False Claims Act even after it has declined to intervene in the case.
- 5/2/2017Whistleblower Defense Alert: The Third Circuit Confirms Broad Power of Escobar’s Materiality RequirementsOn May 1, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case in which the eelator had asserted that Genentech concealed information about side effects of its cancer drug, Avastin. U.S. ex rel. Petratos, v. Genentech Inc., et al., Case No. 15-3805 (3rd Cir. May 1, 2017).
- 12/19/2016Whistleblower Defense Alert: The Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory Dismissal of Relator Claims For Seal ViolationsOn December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down their second unanimous interpretation of the contours of the False Claims Act (FCA) in the last six months.
- 9/19/2016Whistleblower Defense Alert: Seventh Circuit’s Latest Interpretation of Rule 9(b) Sets the Pleading Bar Higher for RelatorsEarlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit established a standard for application of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) that significantly strengthens the bar imposed by the heightened pleading requirements of that rule.
- 3/4/2013U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. recently granted a motion to dismiss qui tam claims from two relators who alleged that Lockheed Martin violated the False Claims Act by inflating the reported number of hours its employees worked on government contracts.
- November 2006
- October 2006