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Jessica E. Leaven
  • Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
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Jessica is dedicated to getting justice for those who've been sexually harassed, discriminated against, have Family and Medical Leave Act issues, or suffered retaliation at work. As a partner at Grimes Teich Anderson, Jessica focuses her practice on employment law, workers' compensation, and personal injury.

Since she became an attorney in 2001, Jessica 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.

She 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 and the past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. She 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. Jessica has 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.

In 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, 2018, 2019 & 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers® list and North Carolina Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" lists in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
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  • Skype
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for injury and disability case evaluations. Free case evaluations may not be available on employment law cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
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U.S. District Court, North Carolina Eastern District
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U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District
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U.S. District Court, North Carolina Western District
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. (2001)
Honors: With Honors
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.A. (1997)
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Awards
Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite
Business North Carolina's Legal Elite
NC Super Lawyers 2017-2020
Super Lawyers
Rate For Employment & Labor Law
The Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award
Western North Carolina Chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union
North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2011-2015
Super Lawyers
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member; 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
Current
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North Carolina Bar Association
Chair - Labor and Employment Section 2016-17; Co-Chair Continuing Legal Education Committee 2015-2016; Vice-Chair, Labor and Employment Section 2015-2016; Council Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013-2016
Current
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North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Member; Board Member, 2010-2013; Career Support & Advancement Committee Chair, 2011-2013; Education Committee Chair, 2010-2013.
Current
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WNC Chapter Of NC Association of Women Attorneys
President - 2014
Current
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28th Judicial District Bar
At-large member of the Executive Committee
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Speaking Engagements
Presented Opening Remarks , 31st Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law Conference , South Carolina
Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Employment Law , 2015 Summer Convention , Sunset Beach, North Carolina
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Professionalism for New Admittees - Panelist , Asheville, NC
28th Judicial District Bar
The 2-day event provided information to new members of the Bar on a range of topics including Organization of a Law Office, Ethics, Attorney/Client relationships and Technology. Jessica and other members of the panel discussed attorney professionalism and the benefit of mentors.
Contact & Map
Grimes Teich Anderson LLP Injury Lawyers
North Carolina
535 College St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Toll-Free: (800) 533-6845
Telephone: (828) 251-0800
Fax: (828) 236-9200
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