Jessica Vidal represents and advises employers in all labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour law, and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) claims.

Jessica has experience defending clients against individual and class action employment claims in both state and federal court and in administrative proceedings.

Jessica has assisted in internal investigations in response to litigation, prelitigation demands, and administrative charges, including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) charges for alleged discrimination, retaliation, harassment, sexual harassment, and wage-and-hour violations (including misclassification allegations). These internal investigations involved conducting witness interviews—at times in Spanish—in order to evaluate employee claims, and drafting internal memorandums regarding the interviews and her impressions about the witness. She also conducted employee interviews to draft declarations for litigation, including to oppose class certification in misclassification cases and other wage-and-hour cases, and drafted internal memorandums regarding interviews with possible declarants, her impressions, and recommendations for which witnesses to use as declarants based on her interviews.


Jessica graduated from Loyola Law School in 2019. During law school, Jessica was a member of the St. Thomas More Honor Society, a Justice on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board, and a certified law student representative at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Prior to joining Payne & Fears, Jessica was a Litigation associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, practicing in labor and employment litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Clients appreciate Jessica’s responsiveness and practical approach in meeting their business needs.

When she’s not in the office, Jessica can be found trying out new recipes, cycling by the beach, taking a Zumba class, or listening to country music.