Jessica Taub Rosenberg, Co-Chair of the firm's Employment Practices and Litigation group, is a leading trial lawyer in the employment field, having represented employers and prominent senior executives for over a decade in employment-related litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. Jessica regularly defends claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment; disputes involving the enforcement of employment contracts and non-competition covenants; and tort claims such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and defamation. Jessica also conducts internal investigations on employee misconduct in the workplace.
Jessica routinely advises clients on employment policies and practices and conducts employee trainings. In 2020, she began advising clients on Covid-related employment issues, from mandating tests and vaccines in the workplace to mitigating litigation risk arising from Covid.
Jessica is recognized as a leading employment litigator by The Legal 500 and Chambers USA, where clients describe her as “stellar” and “a great lawyer with terrific judgment.” She was named a 2021 Notable Woman in Law by Crain’s New York Business, recognized as a Litigation Star and a Labor & Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation, named one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading U.S. Employment Lawyers, and was awarded the 2022 Women, Influence & Power in Law Award for Innovative Leadership by Corporate Counsel. She was shortlisted by Euromoney as Best in Labor and Employment for its 2020 Women in Business Law Americas Awards, and as a 2019 Labor & Employment New York Attorney of the Year, and named a 2019 Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal. She is a member of Law360’s Employment Authority Discrimination Editorial Advisory Board.
Jessica regularly speaks on trends in employment law, recently presenting:
- The Buck Stops Here: Tackling Workplace Harassment & Discrimination at Every Level at the 2023 Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference hosted by Corporate Counsel;
- The Bulls, Bears & Future of Wall Street DEI at the Diversity & Equity on Wall Street conference hosted by Centerforce;
- Employment Litigation Trends at the 2023 General Counsel Conference hosted by Corporate Counsel;
- Cut from a Different Cloth: Employment Issues Tailored to the Fashion Industry, a webinar hosted by Practising Law Institute;
- Hypothetical Scenarios on Equal Pay, Family Leave, and the #MeToo Movement: The Unwritten Rules for Addressing Highly Sensitive, Complex Challenges, part of the American Conference Institute’s 32nd National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions; and
- Liability Issues After the Quarantine: Risks for Building Owners and Building Operators, a webinar hosted by Practising Law Institute.
Prior to joining Kasowitz, Jessica served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. Jessica also was an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Fordham University School of Law.
- mGage, a global mobile messaging company, in obtaining a preliminary injunction from the Southern District of New York enforcing restrictive covenants and enjoining former employees from working for any competitor and from soliciting any employees, clients, suppliers, customers or business prospects of mGage, among other restrictions.
- Defense of an employee at Dentons, the international law firm, against sexual harassment, in a highly publicized purported “#MeToo” claim.
- Elie Tahari, Ltd., a global luxury fashion brand, in various employment-related matters, as well as advising the company with respect to its employment practices.
- Douglas Elliman, a national real estate brokerage firm, in numerous employment matters, including defense of claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law, as well as claims of discrimination under New York State Human Rights Law alleging a hostile work environment; a wage and hour case; an EEOC case asserting sexual harassment claims; and arbitrations in front of the Real Estate Board of New York involving commission disputes.
- Insight Global, a national staffing company, in reaching a successful settlement of litigation brought in the Southern District of New York against a national competitor arising out of the competitor’s alleged employee-poaching scheme and misappropriation of Insight Global’s trade secrets.
- A Chinese-American woman in a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against a Chinese-based investment bank and two of its employees. The matter settled prior to trial.
- Yellow, one of the nation’s largest transportation and logistics companies, in numerous employment litigation matters.
- A board member of Tikun Olam, an Israeli-licensed company that grows and supplies medical marijuana, in the defense of claims of sexual harassment under New York State and New York City Human Rights law, filed in New York Supreme Court.
- FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm, in defense of various contract and restrictive covenant claims brought by a former managing director of the company.
- A New York-based Dunkin Donuts franchisee, in defense of putative class and collective action claims for overtime, tip-pooling violations and misclassification of employees pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.
- Perella Weinberg Partners, a leading independent global financial services firm, in navigating issues involving post-employment non-competition and non-solicitation covenants.
- A managing director at MetLife in a FINRA investigation involving allegations of misconduct.
- The 92nd Street Y in connection with grievances filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights.