Jessica Giambrone Palmese

Senior Counsel
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Attorney Jessica Giambrone Palmese is a strategic thinker who partners with employers and their management teams to defend them against a variety of employment claims. Formerly a trial attorney at the New York City Law Department for nearly 17 years, Jessica leverages her experience to anticipate and outmaneuver her opponents in the courtroom.

Jessica represents clients in employment cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and federal and state equal pay laws. She has served as lead counsel in more than 20 federal and state trials on employment and other matters that have gone to verdict and has also appeared in numerous administrative proceedings and arbitrations. Aside from one instance in which a plaintiff was awarded only $1.00—and his attorney was denied all fees—Jessica is an undefeated employment trial attorney. Her experience includes representing high-profile figures, including a New York City Police Department Commissioner, and frontline managers alike. Extensive preparation coupled with her comfort in the courtroom afford Jessica the ability to strongly connect with the witnesses and juries before her. Jessica’s extensive experience seeing cases through to verdict allows her to empower her clients with strategy and foresight. These skills also translate to a keen ability to conduct internal investigations of misconduct and discrimination claims with sensitivity and a “big picture” perspective.

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Jessica served as Senior Counsel & Trial Supervisor in the Labor & Employment Law Division (“Division”) of the New York City Law Department. In that position, she served as lead trial counsel for the Division’s highest-profile, most complex, and greatest liability matters; was responsible for supervising all of the Law Department’s employment hearings and trials; and was involved regularly in settlement negotiations.

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