Jessica G. Federico

Tel 612.371.3227
Fax 612.371.3207

Jessica Federico is dedicated to providing advice to employers who are navigating the challenging and ever-changing landscape of employment law. She counsels employers on defense of discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, employee termination, internal I-9 audits, and filing petitions for employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Prior to law school Jessica worked for several legal services providers in the Twin Cities, assisting immigrants in removal defense, family based immigration, and humanitarian relief.

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. Steven E. Rau, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Professional Activities

American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Chapter/Minnesota & Dakotas Chapter

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Minnesota State Bar Association Bernard P. Becker Legal Services Award, 2017


Co-author, "Zip Your Lips: New Jersey Employers Banned From Asking Salary History," Ballard Spahr alert, July 30, 2019

Co-author, "Philadelphia's New Minimum Wage Is Now in Effect: Are You Compliant?" Ballard Spahr alert, July 8, 2019

Co-author, "Minnesota Employers Take Heed – New Wage Statute Takes Effect Today," Ballard Spahr alert, July 1, 2019

Co-author, "Employers May Compel Arbitration Even Where Employee Failed to Sign Arbitration Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, April 29, 2019

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Illuminates Class Arbitration and FAA Appeal Issues," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2019

Co-author, "Full Speed Ahead for DOL on Wage-and-Hour Guidance and Rule Changes," Ballard Spahr alert, April 16, 2019

Co-author, "EEOC Sets September 30 Deadline for 2018 EEO-1 Pay Data Submission," Ballard Spahr alert, April 5, 2019

Co-author, "A Look at Critical New Labor and Employment Laws for 2019," Ballard Spahr alert, February 5, 2019

Co-author, "Make a U-Turn Now: NLRB Re-Writes Independent Contractor Test," Ballard Spahr alert, January 28, 2019

Co-author, "Supreme Court Hands Victory to Workers in Transportation Company's Pursuit of Arbitration," Ballard Spahr alert, January 17, 2019

Co-author, "Insight: The Labor Flexibility and Legal Flux of the Gig Economy," Bloomberg BNA, October 5, 2018

Co-author, "Delaware Expands Protections Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Ballard Spahr alert, August 31, 2018

Co-author, "Labor Classification in the Home Health Care Industry: A Sign of What's to Come?," Ballard Spahr alert, July 16, 2018

Co-author, "USCIS: Are Your Signatures Valid?" Ballard Spahr alert, March 14, 2018

Co-author, "The Definition of a Whistleblower Under the Dodd-Frank Act is Shrinking," Ballard Spahr alert, March 1, 2018

Co-author, "H-1B Cap Season Is Fast Approaching," Ballard Spahr alert, February 14, 2018

Co-author, "Pay Ratio Disclosure Fast Approaching," Ballard Spahr alert, February 5, 2018

Co-author, "Labor Department Hits the Brakes on Class Actions by Interns," Ballard Spahr alert, January 9, 2018

Co-author, “TPS Designation Ends for El Salvador, Making Expiring Work-Authorization Docs an Issue,” Ballard Spahr alert, January 10, 2018

Co-author, "Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers," Ballard Spahr alert, February 1, 2018

Co-author, "Paid Sick Leave Under Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Goes Into Effect," Ballard Spahr alert, February 13, 2018

Co-author, "Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole: Worker Classification in the Gig Economy," Ballard Spahr alert, February 15, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Minnesota's New Wage Statute - Employers Take Heed," Ballard Spahr webinar, August 8, 2019

Co-presenter, "Impact of Pharmaceuticals in the Workplace: From Cannabis to Cognition Enhancement," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 31, 2018

"Employment Law Year in Review" and "Immigration Update: What 2018 Policies Mean for Your Workforce," Minneapolis Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr event, October 10, 2018

Speaker, "Leaves of Absence: Navigating the FMLA, ADA, and State/Local Laws," 2018 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 14, 2018 

2017 Employment Law Seminar: A Time of Change, October 11, 2017 (Hosted by Lindquist & Vennum)

Board Membership

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Mitchell Hamline School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2017)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., 2012, with honors)




U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota