Jessica C. Mederson

Partner
Partner
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Rhonda Maier
608-259-2681
rmaier@staffordlaw.com

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On the Job

Practice

Attorney Jessica C. Mederson is a partner who joined the Madison office at Stafford Rosenbaum in 2022. She litigates business and IP matters in state and federal courts across the United States, focusing her practice on construction disputes, Uniform Commercial Code litigation, contract disputes, director/officer and shareholder litigation, employer-side employment litigation, and patent infringement litigation.

Jessica advises corporate clients on contractual negotiation issues and employment law and has extensive experience with both ediscovery issues, including cross-border discovery, and attorney-client privilege issues. She also writes, presents, and advises business on a variety of construction-related issues and is certified for entry into OSHA Permit-Required Confined Spaces.

Jessica’s practice involves a variety of trial experience, including:

  • Leading a trial team that successfully defeated all claims alleged against a national manufacturing company involving purported product defects and express warranties under the Illinois UCC in a multi-day bench trial in Illinois state court
  • Leading counsel for large construction company in multi-party concrete precast product defect and repair case in Minnesota state court, successfully negotiating a multi-party settlement
  • Leading counsel for national manufacturing company in multi-party construction defect case in Iowa state court, successfully negotiating a multi-party settlement
  • Leading counsel in shareholder lawsuit against a corporation, achieving a successful settlement of client’s claims related to treatment of client’s shares pre- and post-IPO
  • Serving as counsel for Native American tribe and tribal casino in litigation over $50,000,000 bond transaction
  • Leading counsel for former CEO, defending claims of breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and other business torts (case settled with the former CEO paying nothing)
  • Leading discovery efforts for a multinational defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit involving industrial enzymes, where patent was held invalid for lack of written description at the trial court level and this decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • As part of a team, representing a master limited partnership, its general partner, and its directors in a lawsuit filed in Texas state court by a limited partner alleging breach of the partnership agreement, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and statutory and common law claims of fraud
  • As part of a team, successfully obtaining dismissal of all allegations of securities fraud against underwriter in connection with the initial public offering of a software company in a state court proceeding in San Jose, California
  • Representing former outside directors against a lawsuit brought in bankruptcy court alleging directors breached their fiduciary duties

Jessica is licensed to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of Texas
  • State of Florida
  • State of Minnesota
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2002, with high honors; Chancellors, Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • The George Washington University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995)

Professional Recognitions and Activities

  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
    • President, Board of Directors
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (2022-present)
    • Financial/Risk Management Committee
  • Recognized in the area of Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America© publication (2021-2022)
  • Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® as a “Super Lawyer” (since 2017)
    • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2013)
  • Named Construction Defect Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law Awards – Jan. 2021
  • Presenter, National Building Sciences Building Innovations 2022 Conference
  • Presenter, Procore Technologies Groundbreak Conference, “Litigation in a Changing Climate: How Resilience Supports Your Bottom Line,” 2022
  • Presenter, San Diego Comic-con, 2015-2019, 2022
  • Co-author, Perspectives: Incorporating resilience in building design helps mitigate threat of climate change, Business Insider, Sep. 2021
  • Co-author, thelegalgeeks.com blog
    • Recognized by the ABA Journal as one of its Top 100 Blawgs every year since 2013
  • Member, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2007, 2011, 2012)

Off the Job

Originally from northern Minnesota, Jessica took the long way back to the Midwest: first it was high school in Connecticut, then college in DC, and a few years in the corporate world in Dallas before heading to Austin and UT (Hook ‘em!) for law school. Back in the Midwest for the past several years, Jessica has two kids who are now too old to join in one of her favorite pastimes: hiking through Wisconsin’s gorgeous state parks and pointing out all of the pretty trees.

When not parenting, hiking, reading, or volunteering, Jessica also likes to talk about legal issues in geek and pop culture. Since 2012, Jessica has co-authored a blog, thelegalgeeks.com, that she founded with another attorney. From that blog has grown a podcast and multiple speaking opportunities, including nearly annual trips to San Diego Comic-Con to present on all things geeky, from product liability claims the Stormtroopers should bring for their defective armor to whether Buffy could sue Sunnydale for building a school on top of a hellmouth. If there is a legal issue in a Star Wars, Star Trek, or Marvel movie or TV show, Jessica and her fellow Legal Geeks have thought, wrote, or probably presented on it somewhere!