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, "DOL Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Test," Ballard Spahr alert, January 14, 2020

Co-author, "DOL Issues Final Rule on 'Regular Rate'," Ballard Spahr alert, December 13, 2019

Co-author, "Colorado Proposes Sweeping Changes to Wage & Hour Standards," Ballard Spahr alert, November 22, 2019

Co-author, "DOL Boosts Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions," Ballard Spahr alert, September 25, 2019

Co-author, "Changes for CA Gig Economy: Learn Your ABCs," Ballard Spahr alert, September 23, 2019

Co-author, "New NLRB Rule Would Stop Graduate Student Unions in Their Tracks," Ballard Spahr alert, September 20, 2019

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 

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Keeping your HR House in Order: Best Practices for 2020,” Minneapolis Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr event, October 24, 2019.

Speaker, "The New Employment Frontier: State and Local Laws," 2019 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 27, 2019.

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