Jessica Palvino is an innovative and versatile attorney with experience representing clients throughout the United States. For more than ten years, Jessica’s practice focused exclusively on litigating cases in state and federal courts across the nation.  In more recent years, her practice has broadened to include counseling clients about a wide range of employment law matters. Because of her background in litigation and significant trial experience, she often provides assessments on potential liability and risk mitigation strategies.  She also co-spearheads McGinnis Lochridge's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/drone) practice and is active in the UAS/drone community, participating in upcoming panels.  An entrepreneur at heart, Jessica is a board member of the Austin-based Thinkery, which she describes as "a foundry for a new generation of innovators and problem solvers." 

Jessica received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Foundation and the Austin Bar Association (2015) and has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters service, (2014-2017) and has been featured as one of six Texas attorneys in the Super Lawyer's Magazine Rising Stars 2016 edition.  In 20015, Jessica was an integral member of the McGinnis Lochridge Products Liability Group which was named the Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer.

EMPLOYMENT

Jessica regularly represents and advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

General Litigation

  • Assisting in obtaining a favorable jury verdict which included punitive damages on behalf of clients in federal court in Burlington, Vermont (November 2014).
  • Assisting in obtaining a jury verdict on behalf of a client in Oklahoma City (May 2010). The case was affirmed on appeal
  • Participating on a team of the first U.S. attorneys to file and successfully prosecute failure-to-warn claims against the manufacturer of the ORTHO EVRA® birth control patch.
  • Selecting jury and assisting in obtaining a favorable defense verdict in business dispute case that involved allegations of fraud. Case was tried in Travis County District Court.
  • Defending individual sued by life insurance company for alleged wrongful distribution of funds.
  • Coordinating and managing complex discovery in overlapping litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions.
  • Extensive experience with expert witnesses including drafting and defending motions to exclude, taking and defending expert depositions, and preparing experts for trial.
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Austin Bar Foundation and Austin Bar Association (2015)
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters service, Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff (2014-2017)

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors)
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Thinkery (Board of Directors)