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.
Colorado Rising Stars
Class Action/Mass Torts, 2010-2017
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