Jackie has been an attorney with Outside GC since 2005. She has twenty-two years of broad legal experience representing diverse businesses in a wide range of legal matters, with a targeted emphasis on employment and labor law, litigation, and corporate contracts. She is a seasoned negotiator with extensive experience in contract and settlement negotiations, and a proven track record of successfully defending clients in civil litigation, with a 100% career success rate defending agency discrimination charges. As the prior founder and CEO of a start-up business, The Real Wheel, LLC, she also has sharp business acumen and commercial awareness.
Before joining Outside GC, Jackie was Assistant General Counsel for Genuity Solutions Inc., a public telecommunications company that was 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. Prior to attending law school, Jackie spent four years working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, at both Oracle Corporation and Notable Technologies.
Jackie advises clients on a wide variety of employment law matters including discrimination, disability, family and medical leaves, wage and hour compliance, reductions-in-force, compensation, sales commission plans, stock options, benefits, immigration, union matters, data privacy, and overall compliance. She also prepares and negotiates employment, severance, stock option, non-competition, and settlement agreements; data security plans, bonus and restricted unit plans, sales commission plans; employment policies and codes of conduct.
Jackie has successfully litigated employment law-related civil cases in both state and federal courts, discrimination claims before state and federal agencies such as the EEOC, MCAD, California DFEH, New York DHR, the Department of Labor, and wage and hour cases before state Attorney General’s offices. Jackie has also represented clients at arbitration and mediation proceedings, unemployment hearings, and in Department of Labor investigations. She has successfully defended clients against union election campaigns and also represents unionized clients in unfair labor practice proceedings. Jackie also oversees and conducts independent investigations into sexual harassment and sexual misconduct complaints, and conducts related trainings.
In addition to her employment law and litigation expertise, Jackie also advises clients on a wide variety of everyday corporate legal matters and has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts in the areas of software licensing, open source software, non-disclosure agreements, OEM agreements, master service agreements, reseller agreements, purchase agreements, and referral agreements; as well as vendor, joint R&D, product evaluation agreements, and Board of Director resolutions.
Jackie is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California. She received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989, and 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. She currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Quarters, Inc., and representing victims in court as a pro bono attorney for the Victim Rights Law Center.
Jackie currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a mediocre painter, tennis player, and runner, primarily because she spends most of her free time with her husband, Tony, and her two children, Ally and Ben.