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Jessica Perry

Jessica Perry

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA

Jessica R. Perry, an employment partner and Deputy Leader of the firm's Litigation Business Unit, represents industry leaders in tech, retail and financial services in their most significant class, collective, representative and multi-plaintiff actions under state and federal laws.

Jessica’s discrimination, harassment and retaliation practice focuses largely on representing employers facing claims of discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender, race, disability and age, and other protected categories. Recently, Jessica obtained a complete defense verdict in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case, recognized as a 2016 ‘Top Verdict’ by the Daily Journal. Following six weeks of trial, a San Francisco jury rejected all of plaintiff’s claims that she was passed over for promotion because of her gender and complaints about discrimination. Jessica is also defending several leading tech companies in putative class actions challenging pay and promotion systems as gender biased.  

Jessica leads a number of significant wage-and-hour class action matters, focusing on overtime, minimum wage, vacation and personal days, meal and rest break penalties, reporting time wages, expense reimbursements, waiting-time penalties, Private Attorney General Act penalties and work uniform violations. In addition, she also has experience advising companies in the emerging sharing and gig economy on strategic business decisions including the classification of those providing services.

Jessica has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and assists in the development of compensation policies and measures designed to reduce potential exposure.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Class Action Defense


  • Silicon Valley Business Journal 2016 Women of Influence
  • CLAY Attorney of the Year Award for Excellence in Employment Law
  • Chambers USA Leading Lawyer
  • San Francisco Business Times Top 40 Under 40
  • California Daily Journal Top 20 Lawyers Under 40
  • Lawdragon 40 Up and Comers in Employment Law
  • Law360 Rising Star
  • The Recorder California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2016)
  • Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year
  • American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year finalist
  • Orrick Mentorship Award
  • Legal Services for Children Pro Bono Advocate Award
  • Santa Clara University Law Review, Comments Editor


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude
  • B.S., Political Science and Art History, Santa Clara University, Cum Laude


  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara Women Lawyers Section: Executive Committee
  • ABA Employment Law Section

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