Jessica DuBois brings a depth of real world experience to her work assisting employers with employee benefits and human resources issues. Jessica currently advises corporate and nonprofit employers on employee benefit and executive compensation matters. Jessica works with clients to design, implement and administer retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and deferred compensation plans. She works with public companies to design stock incentive plans to retain employees and with emerging companies on phantom stock plans. Jessica's recent work also includes working with clients on employee benefit and compensation matters during mergers and acquisitions.
Additionally, Jessica works with employers providing advice on issues relating to accommodation and can provide training and education to assist in avoiding conflict and claims, especially relating to accommodations for transgender employees who are transitioning at work. Jessica routinely writes employee handbooks, drug testing policies, and leave policies that are up to date with the many changes in employment law.
Before becoming a lawyer, Jessica spent several years as a teacher. She also worked with a nonprofit organization in Oregon where she assisted communities across the state in passing ordinances inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, 2017-present; Co-Chair, 2019-2020
Ballard Spahr's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
Recognition & Accomplishments
The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2023 and 2024 (Minneapolis)
The Legal 500, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, 2021
North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016-2018, 2020
"Novel Developments in Employee Benefits," Minnesota CLE Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, February 27, 2019
"A Year in Review: Top 10 Developments in Employment and Employee Benefits," Ballard Spahr Minneapolis Employment Law Seminar, October 2019
"2018 Employment Law Year in Review," Southwest Metro Human Resources Association, January 2019
Co-author, "With 2 Proxy Seasons Gone By, What Have We Learned From Pay Ratio Disclosures?" The Legal Intelligencer, September 11, 2019
Mitchell Hamline School of Law (J.D. 2016, summa cum laude)
Symposium Issue Editor, Mitchell Hamline Law Review
Recipient, Certificate in Advocacy and Problem Solving from the Dispute Resolution Institute
Lewis & Clark College (M.A. Teaching, 2007)
Oberlin College (B.A., with Honors, 1999)
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota