As a former Silicon Valley software engineer, Jackie brings a unique business-oriented perspective and deep understanding of technology to her practice of law. Throughout her nearly 25-year career, Jackie has provided practical and efficient legal advice to a wide range of companies at various stages of development and across diverse industries, including software, hardware, retail, biotechnology, cannabis, education, and professional services. Since joining Outside GC in 2005, Jackie’s clients have included The Flex Company, Blueprint Medicines, and Communities for People, Inc. Jackie currently serves as general counsel for Nedap, Inc.
Jackie is an energetic and innovative business attorney who handles comprehensive day-to-day legal and business matters for clients, including complex commercial contracts, intellectual property protection and technology licensing; employment and labor law counseling; litigation management, strategy, and dispute resolution; corporate policies and legal compliance issues; board governance and stockholder requests; and other general business and legal areas. Jackie is an articulate and seasoned negotiator who routinely negotiates the various agreements that affect a company's daily operations, including sales, software licensing, hardware, distributor, joint development, vendor, agreements, and similar arrangements. Jackie also has experience with international operations, having worked with companies doing significant business in several foreign countries.
Jackie is also highly skilled in the area of employment and labor law, and regularly advises clients on issues relating to discrimination, disability, wage and hour, reductions-in-force, compensation, immigration, benefits, union matters, sales commission, stock matters, unfair trade & non-competition, and leave laws. Jackie has a proven track record of successfully defending clients in employment law-related agency litigation at both the state and federal levels, including discrimination claims, wage & hour claims, as well as workers’ compensation and unemployment cases. She has also successfully defended clients against union election campaigns and in unfair labor practice proceedings.
Prior to Outside GC, Jackie served as Assistant General Counsel for Genuity Solutions Inc., a public telecommunications company spun off from GTE Internetworking, where she was responsible for litigation, employment and labor matters, benefits, corporate compliance, and day-to-day legal issues. Jackie began her career in private practice in Morrison & Foerster, one of the largest law firms in California and later, at Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale) in Boston.
Jackie received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 and went on to work as a software engineer for four years in Silicon Valley, both at Oracle Corporation and a notebook start-up, Notable Technologies. She received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1996, where she was a senior editor of the California Law Review. In 2004, Jackie participated in Harvard University’s Program on Mediation for lawyers. Jackie is admitted in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and California and currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Quarters, Inc., and serves on the Board of Advisors for The Flex Company.
In her free time, Jackie enjoys being both a mediocre painter and tennis player, and loves to travel to the island of Kauai with her family as often as possible.