Jessica Cortes

Davis+Gilbert: Partner, Labor + Employment

Jessica Golden Cortes is a partner in the Labor + Employment Practice Group of Davis+Gilbert. Ms. Cortes regularly counsels and litigates in all areas and aspects of employment law. She investigates discrimination and retaliation complaints and advises clients on hiring, terminations, reductions in force, restrictive covenants, wage and hour issues, federal and state family and medical leave laws, employment policies specifically including the impact of social media in employment, handbooks, and employment and separation agreements. She regularly conducts “respect in the workplace,” “manager best practices” and “unconscious bias” trainings for clients all over the country, including for both for-profit and non-profit clients.  Most recently, Ms. Cortes has been actively involved in educating clients regarding employee rights and employer obligations and best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in assisting clients in developing post-pandemic, return-to-work safety protocols. 

Ms. Cortes is known by clients for her ability to simultaneously analyze legal, practical and business-related factors inherent in each employee matter, and to devise creative solutions that also minimize client burden and cost. She has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of labor and employment: workplace and employment counseling area for nine consecutive years (2013-2021). She has also been recognized as a leading lawyer for labor & employment law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2016) and has been selected as a Super Lawyer (2018-2020) and Rising Star (2013-2016) by New York Metro Super Lawyers. Ms. Cortes was also named a winner in the Esquire Industry Practice category for SmartCEO’s 2015 CPA & ESQ Awards. Ms. Cortes was appointed Chair of the NYC SHRM Legal & Legislative Committee for the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 programming years and was elected President of the Wesleyan Lawyers Association in 2020.

Before joining Davis+Gilbert, Ms. Cortes was a litigation attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.