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Jessica E. Leaven


Jessica E. Leaven graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, and she graduated with Honors from the University Of North Carolina School of Law in 2001. In law school, she served on the North Carolina Law Review as a Staff Member and an Articles Editor. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After her clerkship, she practiced law for more than 10 years with litigation firms in Asheville and in the Triangle area before she joined Grimes Teich Anderson LLP in December 2012.

Her areas of practice include employment law, workers' compensation, and personal injury. She has litigated cases in both state and federal court and before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and she has an extensive background in appellate work before the North Carolina Supreme Court, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Jessica obtained a successful ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court in an employment lawsuit under the North Carolina Whistleblower Act. She has also litigated a wide variety of other employment law cases including sexual harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) cases, and wage and hour class and collective actions.

Jessica is currently an at-large member of the Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Bar. She is the past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. She has also served as a Council Member, the Vice-Chair, the CLE Committee Co-Chair, and Newsletter Committee Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Jessica is an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for which she has also been the Chair of the Employment Law Section and a speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars at conventions hosted by the NCAJ. She has also served as the President of the WNC Chapter of the NC Association of Women Attorneys and on the Board of Directors of the NC Association of Women Attorneys.

Jessica has authored and co-authored numerous publications. She is the recipient of several awards including the Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award presented by the Western North Carolina Chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union.

In 2021, 2019 and 2017 Jessica was selected to Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the category of Employment Law. She was selected for inclusion in the 2017-2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers® lists and North Carolina Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" lists in 2011-2015.

Jessica, her husband Tod, and their daughters Eleanor and Abigail live in Asheville.


J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2001
With Honors

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District , 2007
U.S. District Court, North Carolina Eastern District, 2007
U.S. District Court, North Carolina Western District , 2005
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Employment Law Section Past Chair, 2012-2013; Employment Law Section Chair, 2011-2012; Employment Law Section Vice-Chair, 2010-2011; Employment Law Section Secretary, 2009-2010; Employment Law Publications Committee, 2008-2009; Employment Law Section Secretary, 2007-2008; Employment Law Section Continuing Legal Education Chair, 2005-2007; Employment Law Section Technology Chair, 2004-2005; Young Lawyers Division Project Chair, 2003-2005.

North Carolina Bar Association
Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2016-2017; Vice-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2015-2016; CLE Committee Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2015-2016; Council Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013-2016; Newsletter Committee Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2012-2014.

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Board Member, 2010-2013; Career Support & Advancement Committee Chair, 2011-2013; Education Committee Chair, 2010-2013

WNC Chapter Of NC Association of Women Attorneys
President 2014

28th Judicial District Bar
At-large member of the Executive Committee, 2017-2020.

Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2011-2015

Super Lawyers® 2017-2021

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

Client Reviews
Mr. Anderson represented my husband, Duane Carter during a recent car accident claim. We were try to get the medical bills and pain reimbursement resolved with the insurance company. They were great at keeping us current with any progress or problems that occurred during the process of our claim. The law firm of Grimes, Teich & Anderson are very people oriented and care deeply about their clients. I would highly recommend anyone in a similar situation use this law firm to resolve their claim. Duane C. & Tammey C.
Brian, I want to thank you and Ms. Willetts for all of your help during the appeal. Your expertise and approachable personality was truly welcomed, and having you present for the SSA hearing reduced my anxieties about the process. I will gladly refer others to you if they are needing assistance with disability or injury. If I were to encounter trouble with the SSA in the future, you will be my first contact. Your professionalism is a step above. Will Pitman
All veterans with a claim feeling you don't have a chance or feel defeated need to make contact with Grimes Teich Anderson and let qualified personnel get you through claims procedures. They will evaluate your claim and work through it with you from beginning to end and treat you with compassion and caring. William E.
We received exceptional assistance with a very difficult situation. Jessica Leaven and her team were thorough and clear throughout the entire process. We are grateful for her assistance and would recommend her to others who are seeking simple guidance or formal representation. Rebecca H.
Henry Teich is an outstanding attorney who aggressively represented me in a complex workers compensation injury case. Hank has been handling WC injury cases for may years and knows all the new NC statutes concerning WC! Tony M.
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