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
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
- 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
- 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
- 28th Judicial District Bar
At-large member of the Executive Committee, 2017-2020.
- Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2011-2015
- Super Lawyers® 2017-2021
- 2016-2017 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2015-2016 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2014-2015 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2013-2014 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2011-2012 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2010-2011 North Carolina Employment Law Update
- 2009-2010 North Carolina Employment Law Update
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