Jessica Scott
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Advanced Bionics - National Trial Counsel
  • CNA - National Trial Counsel
  • Ford Motor Company - National Trial Counsel
  • USAA
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel

Jessica Scott
 

Jessica Scott's legal practice involves complex commercial litigation in federal and state court at both the trial and appellate levels. She focuses her practice on defense of class actions and mass actions in the areas of product liability, employment, and insurance. Jessica has particular experience with employment classification issues (employee vs. independent contractor), particularly in the transportation field. She also has extensive experience handling punitive damages issues and appeals in a wide variety of areas.

Jessica has taken the lead on appeals in several jurisdictions, including the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit, the Montana Supreme Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. All of the appeals have reached decision and resulted in wins for her clients. Jessica has also argued and prevailed on numerous dispositive motions in state and federal court, saving her clients time and money by circumventing the need to go to trial. One example includes a motion to dismiss a class action on which the WTO team prevailed. Additionally, Jessica has taken the lead on several mediations, all of which ended favorably for her clients.

Jessica has significant experience developing and implementing strategic plans for discovery in large-scale cases, including managing the collection, review, and production of electronic discovery for large companies. When faced with a new case or new challenge presented by a client, Jessica first discusses with the client its goals for the litigation and then works hand-in-hand with the client to develop the best strategy for implementing those goals and doing so with as little burden on the client as possible.

Jessica's notable results include a unanimous affirmance by the Montana Supreme Court for Ford Motor Co.; reducing punitive damages in an appeal in Arizona state court from an 8:1 ratio to 1:1; and, as second chair in a two-and-a-half week jury trial in a high-exposure insurance bad faith case, winning a full defense verdict for WTO's client in less than two hours of jury deliberations.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2010-2017
Benchmark Litigation
     Future Star - Colorado, 2015-2017
Law Week Colorado
    Up-and-Coming Lawyers, Finalist, 2010
Defense Research Institute
    Appellate Advocacy Committee
        Tenth Circuit Reporter
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
University of California Boalt Hall School of Law
    Jurisprudence Award in Property, Criminal Procedure, & Evidence
    Prosser Award in Contracts, Legislation, Legal Professions, & Appellate Advocacy
    Moot Court Advocacy Award

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Seminar
       Instructor, 2011
    Advanced Advocates Training Program for the National Organization
            of Bar Counsel
       Instructor, 2011

Personal Interests

Swimming, Colorado Rockies baseball, and high school football


Jessica Scott is one of the firm’s leading appellate lawyers and focuses her practice on the defense of mass and class actions involving product liability, employment, and insurance disputes. She has significant experience in the distinct areas of punitive damages and employee classification issues.

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • Advanced Bionics - National Trial Counsel
  • CNA - National Trial Counsel
  • Ford Motor Company - National Trial Counsel
  • USAA
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Seminar
       Instructor, 2011
    Advanced Advocates Training Program for the National Organization
            of Bar Counsel
       Instructor, 2011

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2010-2017
Benchmark Litigation
     Future Star - Colorado, 2015-2017
Law Week Colorado
    Up-and-Coming Lawyers, Finalist, 2010
Defense Research Institute
    Appellate Advocacy Committee
        Tenth Circuit Reporter
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
University of California Boalt Hall School of Law
    Jurisprudence Award in Property, Criminal Procedure, & Evidence
    Prosser Award in Contracts, Legislation, Legal Professions, & Appellate Advocacy
    Moot Court Advocacy Award

Government Service

Judicial Clerk to The Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Personal Interests

Swimming, Colorado Rockies baseball, and high school football

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley - Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2004
    Order of the Coif
  • Humboldt State University, B.A., 2000, Major in Psychology; Minor in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude
Government Service

Judicial Clerk to The Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit