Jessica Golden Cortes
Davis & Gilbert LLP
JESSICA GOLDEN CORTES is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert LLP. She regularly counsels and litigates in all aspects of employment law. Ms. Cortes investigates discrimination and retaliation complaints and advises clients on hiring, terminations, reductions in force, restrictive covenants, wage and hour issues, federal and state family and medical leave laws, employment policies and employment and separation agreements. She also has particular expertise regarding the intersection between social media and employment laws, and regularly counsels and strategizes with clients about social media use and monitoring in the hiring, employment and post-employment contexts. Ms. Cortes regularly conducts trainings on issues such as anti-harassment/respect in the workplace and employee confidentiality obligations, and is a frequent speaker on human resources related issues with various organizations. In addition, Ms. Cortes represents employers in federal and state courts, federal, state and local administrative agencies and in arbitrations and mediations nationwide in the areas of race, sex, age, disability, failure to hire and other discrimination, and in breach of contract disputes arising primarily from alleged breaches of continuing post-employment obligations and for cause terminations. Ms. Cortes has been recognized as a leading lawyer for labor & employment law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2016). She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in the labor and employment: workplace and employment counseling area for three consecutive years (2013-2015). In addition, she has been selected as a Rising Star by New York Metro Super Lawyers (2013-2015) and as a winner in the Esquire Industry Practice category for SmartCEO’s 2015 CPA & ESQ Awards. Before joining Davis & Gilbert, Ms. Cortes was a litigation attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.