Jessica Case Watt

Associate

wattj@ballardspahr.com
Tel 302.252.4449
Fax 302.252.4466
Delaware

Jessica Case Watt is a litigator who represents clients in complex corporate and commercial disputes. Jessica’s corporate litigation practice in the Delaware Court of Chancery regularly addresses breach of fiduciary duty claims, shareholder disputes, advancement and indemnification claims, and other corporate governance issues. Jessica also handles commercial litigation involving breach of contract and fraud claims in all Delaware state courts and numerous U.S. District Courts.

In addition, Jessica has experience with white collar litigation including conducting internal investigations, responding to subpoenas, cooperating with ongoing investigations, and making presentations to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Representative Matters

Corporate Litigation 

  • Won dismissal of multi-million dollar indemnification claim against Fortune 500 company in Court of Chancery; obtained affirmance on appeal to Delaware Supreme Court
  • Won dismissal of LLC officer’s claim for advancement of legal fees and expenses in dispute with LLC based on contractual limitations in LLC Operating Agreement
  • Won multi-million-dollar judgement for CardUX LLC against CompoSecure LLC following four-day trial in the Court of Chancery addressing allegations related to the validity of a sales representative agreement, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties; obtained affirmance on appeal

Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 company in multiple jurisdictions against claims brought by former general counsel for breach of deferred compensation agreement and wrongful prosecution
  • Represented lender in commercial foreclosure proceedings involving default in excess of $30 million, the largest in Delaware history as of 2018
  • Successfully challenged sanctions for alleged regulatory violations from New Castle County Department of Special Services, resolving question of Department’s scope of authority
  • Team member representing brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturer in Lanham Act litigation brought against a competing generic manufacturer for alleged false advertising of a generic drug

White Collar Litigation

  • Represented charitable organization in fraud investigation by Department of Justice and Corporation for National and Community Service Office of Inspector General, including conducting internal investigation, responding to subpoena, developing settlement frame-work, and presenting results to Assistant U.S. Attorneys and OIG
  • Represented a laboratory against federal False Claims Act allegations of submitting claims for medically unnecessary testing in qui tam action, including conducting internal investigation, managing extensive discovery response, and presenting defense to Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • Represented target of federal investigation of pharmaceutical company in opioid industry for false advertising and diversion, including conducting internal investigation, responding to subpoena, and presenting defense to Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • Developed standing guidance for response to discovery requests calling for disclosure privileged and confidential suspicious activity reports for one of the largest U.S. banks

Pro Bono Experience

Jessica's pro bono work includes assisting with applications for asylum to the United States, defense of withholding from removal proceedings, and obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for unaccompanied minors.

Recognitions and Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Wilmington), 2021

Publications

Co-author, "Money Laundering Watch: 2019 Year in Review," Ballard Spahr alert, January 8, 2020

Co-author, "Money Laundering Watch: 2018 Year in Review," Ballard Spahr alert, January 2, 2019

Co-author, "Money Laundering Watch: 2017 Year in Review," Ballard Spahr alert, December 12, 2017

Co-author, "Delaware Court of Chancery Holds Anti-Reliance Clause May Bar Fraud Claims Premised on Representations Outside of Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, December 8, 2015

Co-author, "Seventh Circuit Clarifies 'Date of Receipt' of Online Mortgage Payment," Ballard Spahr Mortgage Banking Update, April 30, 2015

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law (J.D. 2013 magna cum laude)
Senior Editor, Penn State Law Review

University of North Carolina (B.A. 2010, with distinction)

Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit