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Jessica E. Leaven

Workers compensation Attorney at Asheville, NC

5.0   8 reviews

About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

Jessica is dedicated to the worker. Since becoming an attorney in 2001, Jessica has focused on getting justice for those who have been sexually harassed, discriminated against, or suffered retaliation on the job. She represents clients who have Family and Medical Leave issues, and those who have are injured at work.

Her areas of practice include employment law, workers' compensation, and personal injury. She 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.

Jessica 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 has authored and co-authored numerous publications. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award, presented by the Western North Carolina Chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union.

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.

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Licensed for 21 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Grimes Teich Anderson LLP
535 College Street
Asheville, NC, 28801

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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Thoughtful
Jessica guided me through a thorny hostile work environment case to a successful end. She has a tough job and she does it well.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2017
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Stellar in every way - highly recommended
We received exceptional assistance with a very difficult situation. Jessica Leaven and her team were thorough and clear throughout the entire process. She readily answered any questions we had and treated us as partners in the process. She listened carefully to the details, sorted through all the ‘extra’ stuff we shared, and was careful to make sure she was resolving the concern in the way we wanted. When a question needed an answer quickly, she always came through. Her writing skills were miles above others involved and really helped us achieve our goal. She was persistent and thorough and I have no doubt that Ms. Leaven is the reason we were able to reach a satisfactory result. We are grateful for her assistance and would recommend her to others who are seeking simple guidance or formal representation.
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Posted by Lori | February 5, 2017
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Ms. Leaven goes the distance for you ....
Jessica Leaven handled my EEOC Claim without going to trial. She knows and understands pertinent laws to my case. Ms. Leaven was thorough and encouraged communication with me as well as with my former employer's attorney. While the opposing attorney right sorted to derogatory comments Ms. Leaven remained professional at all times. She was always open & honest with me. The case was satisfactorily resolved in my favor much sooner than I anticipated. I highly recommend Jessica Leaven.
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Posted by Cynthia | January 13, 2017
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Highly Recommend
Jessica Leaven is an extremely knowledgeable and professional lawyer; her expertise in labor and employment law were a tremendous asset. She is extremely compassionate and hard working while always keeping in mind the concerns of her client.  She effectively guided me through the legal process, always working toward my best interest.  She understands the ordeals her clients face and works relentlessly to achieve results to their satisfaction; while encouraging them to never give up during this challenging time. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Marguerite | December 18, 2015
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Exceeded expectations
Jessica Leaven, from the initial meeting, throughout the entire process, was available, communicative, and meticulous with her research. Due to Ms. Leaven's commitment and rigorous work ethic, there was always some type of forward movement to the case. Even with a successful outcome to my case with attorney's fees paid and case closed, Jessica still called to follow up several times to make sure all items were addressed in the settlement agreement. Incredible.
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Posted by Todd | April 30, 2015
Expectations Exceeded across the board
I've not experienced a more involved, concerned, committed, compassionate, or caring lawyer in my 50 years than Jessica Leaven. Her professionalism and client-focused approach was both appreciated and refreshing. Every single step of the way and in the process, Jessica's support and attention to my needs and situation was exemplary. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Marilyn | November 21, 2014
Result oriented, compassionate and caring Attorney.
I loved working with Jessica. From our first consultation until my case was resolved she was very straight-forward and caring. She told me what to expect and kept me informed through every step of the process. She worked hard to get my case resolved favorably for me. I have referred several people to her and will continue to do so.
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Response from Jessica Leaven February 21, 2015
Thank you so much for your review. Sincerely, Jessica Leaven * Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. This review does not reflect all the feedback the attorney has received.
Posted by Michelle | April 11, 2013
Highly Reccomended. Puts the client FIRST, ALWAYS!!!
After months of searching for an excellent attorney, I found Jessica. I worked with her for over 2 years on my case, and in the end, I was extremely satisfied with the time and dedication she put into my case. It is a difficult task to find an attorney with your best interest in mind, but she absolutely had my best interest in mind every step of the way. I really feel she went above and beyond, and ultimately was able to resolve my case early on. I cant thank her enough for putting up with me (I am a persistent person) through phone calls, e-mail, ups and downs. I always got an answer to all of my questions, phone calls and e-mails. Thank you again!! None of this would have been possible without her!! I wanted results and she produced them!!
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Response from Jessica Leaven February 21, 2015
I really appreciate your review, thanks. Sincerely, Jessica Leaven * Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. This review does not reflect all the feedback the attorney has received.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, PA
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Patterson Harkavy, LLP
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Adams Law Firm
  • 2002 - 2006

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with honors
  • 2001
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • At-large member of the Executive Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2016 - 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Co-chair, CLE Committee, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2015 - 2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2015 - 2016
  • WNC Chapter NC Association of Women Attorneys
  • President
  • 2014 - 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Council Member, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2013 - 2016
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • An Editor of the Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • 2012 - 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Newsletter Committee Co-chair, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • 2012 - 2014
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Career Support & Advancement Committee Chair
  • 2011 - 2013
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Education Committee Chair
  • 2010 - 2013
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2010
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Publications Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2007 - 2008
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Continuing Legal Education Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
  • Technology Chair
  • 2004 - 2005
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Young Lawyers Division
  • Project Chair
  • 2003 - 2005
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Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer - Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2019
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer - Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer - Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Evan Maheney Champion of Civil Liberties
  • Western North Carolina Chapter American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2008
  • Kellie Crabtree Award
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention CLE
  • Employment Law Update
  • 2017
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention CLE
  • Employment Law Update, Co-Presenter
  • 2016
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention CLE
  • Employment, Non-Compete, And Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • 2015
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention CLE
  • Employment Law Update, Co-Presentor
  • 2015
  • 28th Judicial Bar Professionalism for New Admittees
  • Professionalism and The Benefit of Mentors
  • 2015
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention, CLE
  • Employment Law Update, Co-Presenter
  • 2010
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention, Masters in Advocacy, CLE
  • The Case of Glen Edward Chapman
  • 2008
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Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 13
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"Jessica is an excellent attorney who is also very active in the bar association. Jessica has been a big help to me in my own practice whenever I'm in need of counsel or advice and has also been very encouraging about getting involved in the bar."
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Asheville Workers compensation Lawyer Jessica E. Leaven
Jessica E. Leaven
Workers compensation Attorney
Asheville, NC
Licensed for 21 years