Jessica S. Allen has been an accomplished litigator in private practice and public service with two decades of vast experience in representing and counseling public entities, companies, and individual clients in complex matters, including employment, commercial, and consumer fraud litigation. Jessica has gained a unique dual perspective representing both employees and employers, private companies and government agencies, and serving as prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Her practice focuses significantly on workplace harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation/whistleblower, breach of contract, and civil fraud disputes.
In addition to her diverse litigation experience, Ms. Allen has conducted a wide array of internal workplace investigations ranging from allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and fraud as well as employee misconduct and internal controls compliance for companies, public entities, and non-profit organizations.
She also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on panels involving employment, commercial and construction matters.
Jessica brings to the firm a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. She has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New Jersey Office of Attorney General, where she managed Deputy Attorneys General in the Government and Healthcare Fraud and the Consumer Fraud Sections within the Division of Law’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Practice Group. In her role, Jessica was responsible for overseeing all civil investigations and prosecutions of violations of the New Jersey False Claims Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Before managing the ACE Practice Group, Jessica oversaw the work of the Employment Litigation Section as well as the Correction and State Police Section. She supervised Deputy Attorneys General while she represented and regularly provided advice to State agency clients in a wide range of federal and state court employment and section 1983 civil rights matters. She also argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the landmark employment case, Aguas v. State of New Jersey, 220 N.J. 494 (2015).
Jessica first honed her litigation and trial skills as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey for five years. She handled both civil and criminal cases and litigated employment, tort and immigration cases on behalf of federal agencies. She also routinely counseled federal agencies on affirmative action policies and employee personnel issues. As a federal prosecutor, she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal offenses, including mortgage fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, narcotics and firearms possession. Jessica successfully argued multiple times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jessica clerked for former United States Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, elevated to United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey as well as former United States Magistrate Judge Ronald J. Hedges for the District Court of New Jersey.
Appointments & Recognition
Jessica has also played a prominent and active role in the legal community. She is a Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and currently serves on the Executive Board. She is the 2014 Recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law and a Recipient of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Presidential Leadership Award. In 2013, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complimentary Dispute Resolution for the 2013-2015 term. Recently, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee member on Women in the Courts for the 2018-2020 term and appointed by the New Jersey State Bar Association to serve as a member of the Amicus Committee for the 2018-2019 term. She also is a Co-Chair of the Employment Law Roundtable Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section for the 2018-2019 term. She also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and is currently a member of: the Federal Bar Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Monmouth County Bar Association.
- “A Preview of Proposed EEOC Enforcement Guidance and Effects of #MeToo,” New Jersey Law Journal, March 2018 (co-authored)
- “The District Of New Jersey’s ReNew Federal Prisoner Reentry Program: A Model For Our Nation,” in vol. XVIII, Issue 2 (Fall 2017) of the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey Historical Society’s Nunc Pro Tunc
- “Celebrating Historical Works of WPA Art in the District Court: A Dedication to Lady Justice and the Tanner Clark Murals,” in vol. X, Issue 2 (Sept. 2008) of the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey Historical Society’s Nunc Pro Tunc“Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN): What Is The Meaning Behind The Language,” in volume 19:2 of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal (Spring 1996)
- “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: A Critical Tool to Identify and Combat Harassment and Discrimination,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 15, 2019
- “#MeToo and Recent Legislation,” Labor and Employment Relations Association, New Jersey Chapter, May 13, 2019
- “Hot Topics in Evidence – Admissibility of Social Media: The Importance of Authentication,” New Jersey Association of Justice, February 28, 2019
- “2018 Employment Law Roundtable – False Claims Act and Qui Tam,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, December 11, 2018
- “Workplace Investigations in Light of the #MeToo Movement”, New Jersey State Bar Association NJICLE, Sept. 26, 2018“Advantages and Pitfalls in Responding to Government Inquiries”, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, May 10, 2016