Jessica Rothschild assists in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Her work has included appellate, trade secret, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, and securities arbitration cases. Jessica is experienced in legal and factual development, motions practice, document management, and trial. She has taken on significant roles at trial that resulted in successful outcomes for the clients.
Jessica is also actively involved in Steptoe's pro bono program. She recently researched and co-briefed two successful appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The first was a civil rights case involving a pretrial detainee who was beaten by prison guards, and the second was an immigration matter.
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 2011, Notes Committee Editor and Member Editor, Stanford Law Review
- B.A., Amherst College, 2006, cum laude, Political Science, Psychology, and Computer Science
Served as counsel for Huawei Device USA, an original equipment manufacturer of telecommunications, in a trade secret and breach of contract case involving touchscreen testing technology. Case went to trial in the Western District of Washington in Spring 2017 and the verdict was favorable to the client.
Served as counsel for ThinkFoodGroup, an entity co-founded by renowned chef José Andrés, in breach of contract case involving restaurant at Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office in Washington, DC. Case resolved through settlement.
Served as co-first chair for a federal jury trial in a Section 1983 case, where Jessica prepared witnesses for trial, deposed party witnesses, conducted direct and cross examinations, and argued motions in limine and jury instructions.
- Exonerated a client who had been wrongfully convicted of murder and served over 19 years in prison. Jessica wrote a successful Petition for Writ of Actual Innocence in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Her work on the case was featured in Amherst, Winter 2015.
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January 2, 2020
Defender of Innocence Award recipient, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (2014)