Jessica S. Pliner

Partner

  • location icon San Francisco, CA
    333 Bush Street
    Suite 1100
    San Francisco, CA 94104

Jessica S. Pliner is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. A legal counselor to individuals and businesses throughout California and beyond, Jessica Pliner works on matters of employment, intellectual property (trade secrets, trademark and copyright), commercial litigation, trucking, product liability, and large-exposure tort litigation.

Jessica meticulously develops and executes defense strategy, and defends all aspects of litigation from inception to resolution. With painstaking focus and well-analyzed evaluations of each matter, Jessica obtains outstanding results for her clients. She has successfully first-chaired six jury trials and second-chaired many others. Jessica has obtained hundreds of favorable resolutions through summary judgment or settlement, both at the state and federal level. A former ADA, Jessica achieved guilty verdicts for each of the jury trials she handled for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Her diverse client list includes everyone from individual policy holders to Fortune 500 companies.

Before entering the legal world, Jessica gained insider music industry experience as a concert promoter, artist manager and owner/manager of an independent record label with a dozen domestic and international releases.

Jessica is active in the local community, volunteering at Legal Aid of Marin. She also served as an officer for the Marin County Bar Association, and is a previous Board Recording Secretary for the Sustainability Project. Jessica was part of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Conference of Delegates in 2015, and is a former volunteer for BASF’s Homeless Advocacy Project.

Related News & Publications

Publications

  • “Ignorance of Living Wage Requirement Can Constitute Willful Failure to Pay” Archer Norris Word on the Street Employment Law Blog (May 29, 2018)
  • “Ninth Circuit clarifies statute of limitations period for filing a Title VII suit” Archer Norris Word on the Street Employment Law Blog (May 14, 2018)
  • “A Debate Over Punctuation With Expensive Consequences” Archer Norris Word on the Street Employment Law Blog (April 6, 2017)
  • “New Law on Single User Restrooms in Effect March 1st!” Archer Norris Word on the Street Employment Law Blog (March 6, 2017)
  • “Proposed Legislation: The Right to Die and the Right to Try,” The Marin Lawyer (Volume 46, Issue 6, 2015).
  • “A Sound Business Decision: Hiring People with Disabilities,” The Marin Lawyer (Volume 45, Issue 12, 2014).
  • “Sanctions Alert: Attorneys Discover Lumps of Coal in Their Stockings,” The Marin Lawyer (Volume 43, Issue 1, 2012).
  • “California Supreme Court Decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc.,” The Marin Lawyer (Volume 42, Issue 9, 2011).

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • State Supreme Courts
    • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Admissions

California

Supreme Court of California

United States District Court, Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California

United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Associations

  • Marin County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Bar Association of San Francisco 

Awards & Honors

Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016-2018

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2008

University of California, Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts, 2004

Representative Matters

  • Labor Code Exception - Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor in suit brought by employee for catastrophic injuries that fell outside of the worker’s compensation exclusivity doctrine.
  • Catastrophic Injury - Obtained summary adjudication in client's favor that co-defendant had a duty to defend client in ongoing catastrophic injury case.
  • Personal Injury - Successfully fought for client against insurer who initially refused to defend and indemnify client in personal injury suit. Persuaded insurer to reimburse client for all of its fees expended and to settle the case on client's behalf, saving client approximately $300,000.
  • Award of Attorney's Fees - Obtained an award of nearly $150,000 for client after judgment in client's favor in copyright infringement matter in USDC Northern District of California court.
  • Copyright Litigation - Along with co-counsel, obtained judgment in favor of her broadcasting clients in a six figure copyright infringement suit brought by a software developer. The U.S. District Court agreed that the developer had granted an implied license, which barred his suit.
  • Award of Attorney's Fees - Obtained an award of $75,000 in attorney’s fee in Merced Superior Court.
  • Racial Discrimination - Defended retail client in a racial discrimination case filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiff alleged racial discrimination under Unruh and 42 U.S.C. 1981, intentional torts including false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as negligence. The jury found in favor of Jessica's client on all of the discrimination claims (which carry attorney's fees) and all of the intentional torts. The jury awarded damages for negligence in an amount less than the FRCP Rule 68 Offer of Judgment made by Jessica's client, entitling them to post-offer costs.
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