(248) 851-4111 
Jessica G. Kingston
Associate

Phone: (248) 254-4980

Fax: (248) 254-4981

Jessica Kingston tackles legal questions head on, breaking down complex employment issues to pursue winning solutions for our clients.

Jessica focuses her practice on Employment and Labor Law, working with clients on wrongful termination, FMLA, discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment, and retaliation claims. She is an experienced litigator, defending claims in federal and state court as well as before the EEOC and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Jessica loves the investigative process and working with parties connected to the precipitating event to determine what actually occurred, what may have gone wrong, and how to properly respond to the claim. Through this method, she strives to create a better work environment for both employers and employees.

Jessica’s logical approach is only natural given her original intention to become a math teacher. But after taking a criminal justice course while attending the Honors College at Michigan State University, she became fascinated with the law and embarked upon a legal career instead. In addition to her studies, Jessica analyzed U.S. Supreme Court opinions as a professional research assistant and volunteered with the Lansing Teen Court, a diversionary program for first-time youth offenders. She also served as Design Editor and later Editor-in-Chief of the Red Cedar Log student yearbook, and was a member of All-Girl Competitive Cheerleading, an intercollegiate club team.

After earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, Jessica joined the litigation department of a large Grand Rapids-based law firm, where she was responsible for drafting, discovery, and motion practice in various cases, including claims brought by the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit. Jessica then moved in-house, managing lawsuits across the country for companies involved in false advertising and deceptive sales practices challenges, and collaborating with local counsel to develop and implement case strategies. Many of these actions were brought by states attorneys general, and her efforts led to victories in several matters, allowing her clients to keep proprietary information and product formulas confidential.

Outside of the office, Jessica serves as Secretary of the Board for the Detroit Spartans, a Michigan State alumni organization that encourages connection, service, and educational investment for future Spartans. Jessica is also a Competitive Cheer Official for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School,
    Juris Doctor, 2010
  • Treasurer, State Bar of Michigan Student Section
  • Student Attorney, UM Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Women’s Law Student Association
  • Michigan Student Senate Admissions Committee
  • Michigan State University of Michigan,
    Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology, 2007
  • Honors College, Active Student of the Year 2007
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Fraternity
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honors Fraternity
  • Editor-in-Chief and Design Editor, Red Cedar Log student yearbook
  • Criminal Justice Professorial Research Assistant
  • Intern, Lansing Teen Court
  • Honors Students Actively Recruiting
  • All-Girl Competitive Club Cheerleading
  • Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students
  • Volunteer Tutor, McDonel Middle School

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Litigation and Young Lawyers Sections

Volunteer, Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Detroit Spartans
    Board of Directors
  • MSU College of Social Science Alumni Association
    Board of Directors
  • Cheer!Michigan
    Site and Training Director
  • Michigan High School Athletic Administration
    Competitive Cheer Official