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Jessica Goneau Scott

Partner

P. 303.244.1846 | F. 303.244.1879

Biography

Jessica Scott defends major companies facing serious class action threats. She serves as national coordinating counsel for a leading shipping company in FLSA collective actions and in individual and class wage and hour claims. She also handles the company’s employee classification disputes. Jessica additionally defends a major global appliance manufacturer in high-risk consumer class actions nationwide. She has significant appellate experience, including in the distinct area of punitive damages.

In addition to her class actions practice, Jessica has successfully handled a steady stream of critical appeals for her clients. She has served as appellate counsel in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. She has won decisions for her clients in each of these. 

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. 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.

Cases

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2010-2020
Benchmark Litigation
     Future Star - Colorado, 2015-2018
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